You guys^^ are both great authors here. Check in from time to time.
The novelty only lasts for so many years I guess but its still cool, for what it is.
Although, it's true, you learn what's up, as the years pass,
you need less advice off the forum.
And you can get sick of bad topics, pimping, personal crap.
Still, I find it easy to ignore the pimping I don't like, and read for information.
No doubt it's harder to rise above it if you are in the business though.
Better than buying all the mags or having to drive to some kite-mecca and listen to sales pitches, just to see what's out there. Maybe I stick around since I don't live at the beach, and only get to go on some weekends.... The arguments? -I tune them out when they are not entertaining.
Videos and pictures are still great, for the scenery, technique, most sexy, travel, how-to, repairs, funny stuff, you name it.
Threads like the one from this summer on different surf-kiting set-ups are great.
It's good to be able to get information from people all over the world here.
It's been nice to have some real pros sharing info over time also, and a shame when they drop out because of the BS they run into.
Finally, I think the rise of the "social networking" sites has had an impact, both by diluting interest, and driving things in a more juvenile direction... not so interested in that facespace stuff, even if all the big kids do it too now.
Maybe I could join up and make some "friends" that way, but I would rather enjoy my real friends, in real life, and read whatever seems interesting here, when I feel like it.
Easier to ignore the bad parts when you are not busy pretending some avatar is your "friend."
Stick around, folks