46913Re: Ripped kites / Warranty
- Feb 1, 2002Thanks for all the reply guys. To clarify the matter a little more:
I am aware that existing tears may cause the kite to rip. The first
total rupture may well have been caused by some existing tear that
went unnoticed as I at the time was not paying particular attention
to the kite before takeoff.
After the first rip however, I was made aware of this and I now
regularly look over the kite before takeoff to check for small nicks.
Some of the kites did have small pinholes and tears but I always
patch these up before flying again.
Two of the damaged kites had 1 foot tears repaired previously
(misjudging of line length and landing the kite in a tree/umbrella
respectively) but these were in a different panel to the catastrophic
My theory is that the fabric is weakened by exposure to sun/salt and
that at some stage the strain on one particualar part of the seam
gets to high. Once the cloth starts ripping, nothing will stop it
until the rip takes out the whole panel or hits some padding or other
It may also be that undetected pinholes are the nucleus of the tear
but I really have been paying attention to the state of the kites
before takeoff with respect to my previous experiences.
Funny thing is that the tears only seem to happen with my own kites.
I've borrowed lots of other peoples kites and exposed them to my
usual 'abuse' without having them rip.
--- In kitesurf@y..., "olehlie" <olelie@s...> wrote:
> I recently ripped my fourth kite LE to TE and some more. Three Wipi
> AB'sts and one ARX.
> Two ripped when hitting the water LE first (not all that hard, last
> 4m on tight lines) and two ripped while in mid-air. Some of the
> have had some minor cuts (repaired ones) in other panels before the
> total rupture.
> Working on warranty claims now but neither Wipi nor Naish seem to
> very cooperative with my claims. Anyone else with similar
> experiences ?
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