Thanks for the details Bruno. I don't want to seem disrespectful... your position in the kiteboarding industry is rightly legendary. But Wipika had other problems with their kites around this time, not just delamination. Larger size Mylar Wipika kites were prone to blowout along the leading edge. Polyant's contention that Mylar could not handle the physical demands of kite design was largely correct.brunolgx wrote:[
- we had no delamination problems with WHITE mylar on ANY of the Wipika kites sold from 1997 to 2000.
- when they saw that the fabric delaminated, they had so much fabric in stock at LAM (our chinese kite maker) and so much demand that LAM and the japanese decided to keep producing untill they get another fabric and can replace the defective products
- Polyant never recognized the manufacturing defect, arguing that mylar can't support kite constraints (although we had proven the contrary for 3 years and that they had designed this shitty fabric for the kitesurf market !!!)
- Polyant was never sued because LAM had so much business with them (sails, paragliders...) that he refused to sue.
Excuse me but I can't agree with you. Some mylarized Classic and Airblast are still flying (read the posts), so Polyant's contention was wrong.kookfest wrote:Wipika had other problems with their kites around this time, not just delamination. Larger size Mylar Wipika kites were prone to blowout along the leading edge. Polyant's contention that Mylar could not handle the physical demands of kite design was largely correct.
kitezilla wrote:This Wipika board is still my overall favorite board for a lot of reasons...I use it for maybe 50 sessions each year. I wish I could find a couple more of these "Goldy-oldies". I would like to know more about the history of this very unusual "snow-board" shaped creation. It also shows off that great logo in the most beautiful way.
I too can not thank you enough for all that you have done to improve our recreational lives.
Did you have anything to do with shaping this board?
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