I would like to do a poll and also have a general feeling of people thoughts on someone trying to sell pre 2005 old C Kite?
It is extremely important that only people that have started kiteboarding since at least 2003 (or before) until now, and have experience the kite and boards evolution to answer this. If you learned 200-2005 and quit since then, please do not answer because you do not know how much gear as improve (or you haven't experienced it), same goes for the opposite, you do not know how much gear s### back then. (or haven't experienced it)
The poll is very easy, 3 questions only:
1: Would you, if you get your hand on a free old C kite, give it to a close relative (father, mother, sister, brother, daughter, son) to learn on? Yes or No
2: Would you, if you get your hand on a free old C kite, give it to a friend or distant relative to learn on? Yes or No
3: Would you, if you get your hand on a free old C kite, give it to a stranger to learn on? Yes or No
For me the answers are:
As for my thoughts, I ll try to do a resume in a proper English and more technical from some post on our local forum. Basically, the main reasons why I find that it is not "ok", or not cool at all to sell old C kite (pre 2005) are:
- Depower: (there wasn't much at all!!!)
- Safety Release: (Including kite behaviour/amount of power after safety release, ouch!!!)
- Bladder wont hold air for long (if they do) any more: Glue Bladder/Valve connection, after all these years...
- Relaunch: .................... Thanks to technology improvement!!!
- Safety Video/Advice on Forum: Lots of safety advice on forum or learning video are based on current technology, not the old technology. Let go the bar on an old C Kite...ouch, pull safety release for complete depower on a old C Kite... good luck with that
- Seeing people kiteboarding in gusty condition like it is nothing might push the poor beginner to think that it is ok for him/her to kite in these conditions with his old CKite...
- Boards: Going upwind on these old boards was/is soo much difficult, so much work, not enjoyable at all, especially for a beginner...
- Price: There are sooo many 2008-2010 kites at $150-$325 range, yes they are quite used but better than a brand new old C kite...
Anyhow, thanks for your thoughts and/or answers to the small poll, Ian