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Those Who manufactures custom Raceboard? survey

Postby newind » Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:15 am

in Europe and the world

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Re: Those Who manufactures custom Raceboard? survey

Postby handy » Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:51 am


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Re: Those Who manufactures custom Raceboard? survey

Postby newind » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:20 pm

Ok, Thanks! It's a good start.
I would like to meet the other custom shapers as well to share our common interest

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Re: Those Who manufactures custom Raceboard? survey

Postby GTRACE » Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:19 pm

This year in spain this guys make raceboards

http://www.cclynx.blogspot.com/

The race board of Linx you can see here.
http://blogs.comunitatvalenciana.com/ki ... %E2%80%9D/


Another shapers are:

PALMER


SHAPES TARIFA


I think the future of shapers is union and make one model board.

Good luck!

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Re: Those Who manufactures custom Raceboard? survey

Postby newind » Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:22 pm

thanks GTRACE

Race Competitions were born with custom boards and it is thanks to custom
efforts that the boards have evolved and have reached this point. I cannot
see any valid reason to exclude custom race boards from competitions.
This discrimination (which will be enforced from 2012) has already damaged
people who work in the custom board business, which is why I would like to
gather all the shapers to fight against this decision.

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Re: Those Who manufactures custom Raceboard? survey

Postby Europ2 » Thu Oct 13, 2011 2:00 pm

In france, close to Italy you have Nico from Rootshape, the father of the North Race LTD 2010
http://rootshapesnews.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

You also have Jérôme from http://jc-kiteboards.fr/ or http://www.spotz.fr/
jerome@@jc-kiteboards.fr (remove 1 @)

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Re: Those Who manufactures custom Raceboard? survey

Postby Tone » Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:14 am

Europ2 wrote:In france, close to Italy you have Nico from Rootshape, the father of the North Race LTD 2010
http://rootshapesnews.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

You also have Jérôme from http://jc-kiteboards.fr/ or http://www.spotz.fr/
jerome@@jc-kiteboards.fr (remove 1 @)


WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much money!

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Re: Those Who manufactures custom Raceboard? survey

Postby newind » Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:09 am

thank you very much Europ2
I am sure that IKA will reconsider its position and will eventually allow custom shapers into competitions again. For custom board shapers it would be impossible and not economically viable to start mass producing race boards. How can a shaper compete with big companies? Let me give you an example: in Italy there are about 50 athletes who compete in board racing competitions, only 2 or 3 of them are semi-professionals. According to the new IKA rules a shaper has to produce at least 50 boards in order to compete, on top of this we would have to market the boards, sponsor our athletes and still share the market with North, Naish, RRD etc. This rule would cut us out completely from racing competitions and this in my opinion goes against fairtrade! I believe that everyone should be allowed to compete on an even footing.

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Re: Those Who manufactures custom Raceboard? survey

Postby j0nes » Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:39 am

I think for the national competitions the national organizations in every country may decide whether to allow custom raceboards next year. However in international competitions, only production boards will be allowed.

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Re: Those Who manufactures custom Raceboard? survey

Postby naishdude » Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:23 am

newind wrote:thank you very much Europ2
I am sure that IKA will reconsider its position and will eventually allow custom shapers into competitions again. For custom board shapers it would be impossible and not economically viable to start mass producing race boards. How can a shaper compete with big companies? Let me give you an example: in Italy there are about 50 athletes who compete in board racing competitions, only 2 or 3 of them are semi-professionals. According to the new IKA rules a shaper has to produce at least 50 boards in order to compete, on top of this we would have to market the boards, sponsor our athletes and still share the market with North, Naish, RRD etc. This rule would cut us out completely from racing competitions and this in my opinion goes against fairtrade! I believe that everyone should be allowed to compete on an even footing.


There should be an open class where everyone could compete, no matter the size of board kite fins etc...this will continiue progress,
The reasons why IKA would restrict to the "brand" boards is sponsorship by the brands...which they cannot get from the shapers...
But still I believe there should be an open class open to everyone who wants to compete as long as it is with a kiteboard and kite!!!

Once there was an open class in windsurfing, then they started to put rules like the minimum weight of a boardn the maximum sail surface etc...this killed any progression, this is where another class came in, they came with course racing boards and slalom etc ...this saved the windsurfindustry from a progress stop.

I think Newind mad the right point, and the shapers should unite,get some peopel in who are open minded to build a open class where racers will come to race with all kinds of kites /boards...
The others can stay in their classes with restrictions, which is good for people who are not always sponsored and thus do not have to buy or get new equipment each saison or every two races..


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