brunolgx wrote:mmmm Wipika logo, thanks... I designed it myself no money at that time ...
and yes I kitesurf most of the windy days when I'm at home here in DR, with my Ultraflat 10m (10 to 22 knots)
So how much do you want for the name?
How much time can you give for the promotion of it as a brand ... again?
What IP do you have in place world-wide
What contacts do you have at the manufacturers?
Is it worth a go, to an enthusiast, who also wants to remain commercial !!
I had a wipika 22.5 sq.m. C kite at one time!
And the Wipika Uprise board, designed by Eric Herstens, is still the best board I have ever ridden.
Unfortunately it broke in two after a bad landing, and it's now impossible to buy one.
I had to make a copy out of marine ply and fibreglass for myself, and wish it was still possible to buy a new one!
I started kiteboarding back in 2000 and owned a good few Wipikas. I still have an Airblast 6.3 in the closet that I swear I'll use some day.
Aside from all the what happened stuff I really want to thank you for what you did for all of us who kite. In one way or another we all use kites that are modeled on your original design.
You rekindled my love of the ocean and my surfboards have gotten smaller as I've gotten older. Life is Good.
Ok, to be more accurate:
- we had no delamination problems with WHITE mylar on ANY of the Wipika kites sold from 1997 to 2000. I "designed" that fabric with Dimension USA in 1996 and they supplied it.
- I partnered with a japanese guy in 1999, in charge of the business side
- I settled myself in Dominican Republic in early 2000 in order to concentrate on design
- Mathieu Pendle (now Globerider) was in charge of all technical matters, in France
- Dimension Polyant GERMANY designed a "copy" of the Dimension US mylar fabric
- they decided to use it because Polyant offered it in various colors, more attractive for the customers
- I was against using their coloured mylar for various reasons
- Wipika was selling 17000 kites at that time
- 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
- I then decided to stop my relationship with the japanese and LAM
- 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
In short, that's the sad story.
wow 17000 kites at the beginnings of kiteboarding! Wonder how kite market has grown by now and how many kites are being sold now yearly.