Question: Are there any innovations from other companies this year that you find particularly interesting?
Answer: I haven't seen anything from the other companies that i would call an innovation.
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If he is saying this i guess something really strange-innovative will be coming up!
I agreee, I dont find any of the last years innovations (leading to the present 2008 kites out now) particular "big" to call it a change that moves much...
There are design changes here and there as noted - but IMO nothing really breath-taking
Compared to the kitehistory which has (going/coming from 2 line C kites and early foils) these milestones in my book :
4 line C kites. 2001.
Front line flying C kites. 2002.
5 line C kites. 2004.
Flat/SLE kites. 2005-6.
(The Year shown is when they were more "common" sold/offered and used here in Denmark, from more brands, although seen and used by some here, a bit earlier)
These are the really big innovations in my eyes, that REALLY moved something
Also, somewhere in the middle, the foils has evolved and become extremely useable and good.
I would not call this an innovation though, but evolution.
Kindly, Peter Frank