How long have the kiteshops you went to been dealing in kites?
I have only ever written one kite off in 4 yrs, and it was well past the use by date from sun exposure and abuse/bad repairs, bought second hand, sight unseen from The Trading Post newspaper, buyer beware!
I have just had a repair done to a Flexi Strom 1, that was washed onto oyster cover rocks and not retrieved for approx 5 mins.
It had rips down the length of 2 struts, the leading edge was torn open in a very jagged 2 foot long rip, and there were several areas where the sail was just shredded.
Took it to a qualified sailmaker who kites, and who spoecialises in skiff sails, repired 2 days later for $270aud. Fixed the bladder in one hit with a giant patch, for which I charged $30, total repair cost $300aud, and I reckon he would still get $700 -800 for the kite with no bar and lines, all the repairs are colour matched.
I reckon our repairer would repair that kite of yours for around $200 -250aud, if there is only one large L shaped rip and 3 struts to sew back on.
Post a pic, if you can. I'm sure SS USA will have a good repair service.
I am sending the kite to slingshot for them to decide my fate. I live In Oregon , USA. I don't think this kite is repairable nor did the 2 shops I showed it to. Lesson learned the hard way. Hopefully the slingshot guys will take pity on me and hook me up somehow. My whole quiver and both boards are slingshot so I am hoping this company I have invested in will take care of me(maybe) Thanx for all the input!