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Re: Best bankrupt?

Postby knyfe » Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:22 am

... dude thats 2013 ! Long gone...

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Re: Best bankrupt?

Postby Toby » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:09 am

Da Yoda wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:25 pm
Maybe it's been mentioned already, but what is Shannon Best up to now? Last I heard he was going back to KiteSurf to design some new kites for them.
https://www.air-head.com/2013/08/shanno ... urf-brand/
http://kitemovement.com/general/shannon ... g-company/
I met him in Miami few years ago.
They developed a new board and was pushing it.
But never really heard more about it and nothing since the last years. Sad.

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Re: Best bankrupt?

Postby dylan* » Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:51 pm

Da Yoda wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:25 pm
Maybe it's been mentioned already, but what is Shannon Best up to now? Last I heard he was going back to KiteSurf to design some new kites for them.
https://www.air-head.com/2013/08/shanno ... urf-brand/
http://kitemovement.com/general/shannon ... g-company/
I used to see him doing downwinders all the time on those kites, and there are still one or two of them around. Think the company is dead though and he's doing something else now.

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Re: Best bankrupt?

Postby screven » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:19 pm

edt wrote:
Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:49 pm
local kite shops will be around forever. The reason has nothing to do with economics and everything to do with lifestyle. It's like being in a rock and roll band. Most, I mean nearly every band out there loses money. You go look at how much they spend on their gear the amps, travel, hotels, and how much they get paid and for the merch they are not making money and usually losing money. Why? For the dream. Being a kite dealer is the same way. They aren't in it for the money but for the dream. The dream is to kite every day and earn your living while doing it. Even if brick and mortars lose money, a new shop will open up every time an old one closes down. This is a lot different than say, how Amazon killed the local book stores. Now I know there are a handful of people out there that their dream was to operate a book store, but most people, that's just not their dream. So when it quit being economically feasible for book stores to stay open they just shut down and nothing replaced them. Restaurants by the way are the same. Most restaurants lose money, and the only reason people start them up is for the dream of operating your own restaurant. So any time a restaurant fails, there's always a new one that opens up in the same spot ready to try it. Kiteboarding is not just economics, it's a rock and roll dream. There will always be brick and mortar. Don't know anything about the economic situation at Best, I'm waiting for more information there.
So true as long as there are people with a bit of cash willing to lose it all on something they are passionate about....Chris

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Re: Best bankrupt?

Postby qbanboy14 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:01 pm


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Re: Best bankrupt?

Postby Massivemick » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:31 pm

qbanboy14 wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:01 pm
new kites from best in April...

https://www.bestkiteboarding.com/en-us/ ... eview-2018
:dance:

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Re: Best bankrupt?

Postby sq225917 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:38 pm

That's cool, glad to see them pulling through. No doubt there has been a huge amount of work behidn the scenes to shape the company into this new streamlined image. and 99.99 for a complete bar, that's old school BEST.

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Re: Best bankrupt?

Postby Matteo V » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:58 pm

Whehewwwwww! Now I am no longer riding gear from a defunct company!!!

I may even give the Roca another try. Others riding TS's have impressed me too.

Anybody know who the money is going into the pocket of???? The old owner??? Have they paid their employee's yet???


And that CL release is worth $99 alone. If this works out, with decent customer service, Switch is going to have some problems.

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Re: Best bankrupt?

Postby Da Yoda » Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:23 pm

Da Yoda wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:52 am
Peert wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:51 pm
Do I still have warranty on the Best kites I bought from retailers? (I am in EU)
I'm in the US, but I believe it's the same in the UK. Warranties are provided and supported by the manufacturer, not the retailer. If the company is gone, so is the warranty.
However a retailer can offer some type of extended warranty, but that is generally independent of the manufacture.
Looks like Best is still in action. I'd now contact them directly to see how they're handling their warranties moving forward. Don't contact their old retailer!
https://www.bestkiteboarding.com/en-us/contact-us/
https://www.bestkiteboarding.com/en-us/issue-form/

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Re: Best bankrupt?

Postby downunder » Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:49 am

Matteo V wrote:
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:58 pm
..

And that CL release is worth $99 alone. If this works out, with decent customer service, Switch is going to have some problems.
Yeah, 99 + 89 for shipping to AU....nah


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