. Do you think these difficult global financial times are affecting your kite life?
Yes it does ,I take any job I can , spend as little as possible , gas is expensive .......
Do you still invest in new gears like you used to do before?
since 2007 not anymore , why spend 1300 euros for a new kite when you can get it 6 months later in second hand , hardly used with no tears for less than half the price ?
I personally think that the kitemakers, IMO, are excessively crowding us with new models every year while in some cases there's only a simple change in colors
Agree , take any SLE and move the front lines attachments 5 cm higher or lower and you have a totally different kite , add new colors and some fancy advertising and presto , next year kite is ready.
From what I have noticed, people are starting to spend wisely..
Actually , first comes your home , food and at the end your hobby
and I cannot but help think that those small brands out there are facing a really difficult situation. For the competition, I hope they get over these hard times.
DonÂ´t think so , small companies have a better chance to survive since they have less overheads / G&A , the problem I see here is that most brands placed the orders in China or whatsoever for the new kites before all the trouble begone so they can end with lots of overstock and most kiteshops I know are ordering 50 % less kites as they used to last year .... some others are just ordering barely to cover demand.
itÂ´s going to be a hard year for the industry