I am at the World Cup in Germany, which also features the biggest Testival in Germany.
I am here with Peter Lynn and representing my Foils. There are a few other Foil manufacturers here.
I would have loved to test the foils of the other brands to see how they compare to each other, but it does not seem that they can get over themselves. I have no problem with letting other guys test my foils, and I also have no major problems with them taking some pics and measurements. In theory they can buy one, or borrow one from someone who has one.
Zeeko and Liquid Force where downright rude about it. Liquid Force actually tried lying to me saying that the foil had some problems and that they could not let it out. 30 minuted later, someone else with a Flysurfer Kite was out trying to learn on it.
I spent a large part of of my time here talking to all sorts of people about foils and how to build them, tune them and how to design them. To me there are a lot of well educated people out there who have some pretty cool ideas and by helping them out, I can learn a few things myself. We all win. In the end it will just get more people out there on a foil.
I would have found it civil of them to let me have a go and maybe get some useful feedback.
On another point:
Adrian Roper and me where also trying talking to them about standardising the width of the hole placement of the plate systems so that Board manufacturers could just produce one track system that fits all foils, but even this was met with stiff resistance.
I am really disappointed in the attitude of my fellow Foil Manufacturers or at least their Reps at the Event.
What is the problem with letting other brands try your product at a test event. Are you so afraid of what we might think?
And what is the problem with coming up with a standard mounting width? We should be just be able to sit down and vote and choose one width. At the moment we have a full range from 64mm to 100mm. Why not just say 100mm and be done with it and let the customers have some choice in boards?
I think we will sell a lot more foils if we went to a standard system and let Board brands concentrate on making boards, which will let us concentrate on making good foils.