Maybe time for a change Trev?
Drag launch screws kites in my opinion. I nakered by first lei drag launching!. Thats why you see me teathered launching when possible. It doesn't wear the LE. I might look a like a tool teathered launching when everyone else drag launches. But all my LE are crispy.
ps 6months is pretty shit. i expect a good year of hard use.
Drag launch is shitty regarding wear, and extremely risky too, as you CAN have bridles snag and get kinked
I completely disagree with "Personally I dont think kites should be self launched other then when you cant find another solution for it."
I would say that everyone should learn to self launch and land both tethered and non-tethered
Have met relatively experienced kitesurfers that did not know how to do this - I was really surprised as it is so easy.
We almost always launch/land this way, often if others are around close - as it is safer if something goes completely wrong, and you can go in and take a break or change kite or whatever, any time you like
Particulary important at wavespots, where you most often might be many out, but noone on shore or close to shore when one rider wants to take a break or change
Of course - in difficult harsh spots/surface and locations, you are way better off having others to launch you - but often the tethered way is really fast and safe and practical