RE: [ksurf] Re: Dave Culp's crystal ball!
>Zorbing is at least 3 years old, if not more.I think Zorbing has legs. Nobody's yet gone off cliffs with one. I've yet to
>In fact I think I heard about it before kiting :)
see one careening down a Class 5 river rapid... or in traffic...
D'you suppose you could carry one up El Capitan and ride it back down? (the
back side, of course!)
== they wont sell to private individuals. They only franchise the product so
you set up a site for people to roll down grass hills. The owner said he
doesn't sell because some idiots have thought of going off buildings with
them ! I just want to ride waves with them (I guess that makes me less of an
- Here is what he is up to today (at the Annapolis Boat show this week):
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2004 13:06:19 -0700
Subject: NR - First Ever Performance-Based Sail Guarantee
From: KiteShip Corporation
To: Yachting, Racing, Kites, Voyaging, Cruising
RE: First Ever Performance-Based Sail Guarantee
Date: 6 Oct 2004
Dave Culp, Spokesperson
2004 Silver Lake Way
Martinez, CA 94553
First Ever Performance-Based Sail Guarantee
KiteShip.Com, sailing innovators and makers of OutLeader spinnaker
replacement kites today announces the industry's first money-back
performance-based guarantee for its free-flying sailing kites.
"If, after 15 hours flying time, your boat is not faster than an
identical boat, with the same size spinnaker, in the same conditions
(minimum average wind speed 10 knots), we will cheerfully buy back
your kite. We reserve only the right to be aboard during the test,"
says Dave Culp, President of KiteShip.Com.
This is the first time in the sailing industry's history that a
manufacturer has offered an across-the-board money-back guarantee
based on a product's competitive performance. "Ours is a new concept,
and although flying these kites is straightforward and FAST, we feel
that our prospective customers deserve a level of reassurance that
their hard-earned money is well spent," offers Culp. "Our standard
two-year warranty against defects in materials/workmanship
remains in place throughout."
OutLeader spinnaker replacement kites are designed to replace and to
outperform both symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers aboard the
great majority of racing and voyaging sailing yachts. OutLeaders
utilize stronger, smother winds aloft to make them more powerful than
conventional spinnakers of equal size. The kites were initially
designed to be rule-legal off-wind sails in the America's Cup, and
measure-in as legal asymmetrical spinnakers, per the International
Sailing Federation's (ISAF) Equipment Rules of Sailing.
Due to their unique design, these kites are flown from the deck, not
from the mast. OutLeader kite-powered boats are less prone to
spinnaker broaches, bow burying and high speed control issues, as
well as less prone to catastrophic dismastings. A number of
offshore-capable yachts are already carrying OutLeader kites for
their "get home" capability in the event of rig failure.
Contact KiteShip; info@..., and at +1 925 550 6738. See them
flown at distributors in New England, the Pacific Northwest, San
Francisco, Florida, the UK and Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Look for KiteShip.Com at the Annapolis Boat Show, Oct 7-11. Dock G.
or contact info@... for more information.
2004 Silver Lake Way
Martinez, CA 94553
> Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2004 08:39:43 -0700
> From: dave@...
>Subject: Re: Dave Culp's crystal ball!
> >Wow! Talk about seeing the future man!
> >I am amazed that you could be thinking about kitesurfing back in
>The stupid thing is that I thought I was seeing the present, not the
>future, and invested a great deal of time and money in a sport which
>was not yet ready. ;-)
> >In perspective that same year I went to Germay and found a book on
> >how to make your own sailboard....It's been a great time ever since
> >building and riding "boards" ever since.
> >I am now sewing kites as well and it is really as addictive as
> >making boards. I only got kite addiction in 1999 and the internet
> >search "powerkite". You were there on that search right away!
> >What is in the crystal ball today!.
>Careful what you ask for. Do you really want an answer?
My life seems to have evolved to be much like the
"Words to Live By" from "The Wind in the Willows"
"Believe me, my young friend (said the water
rat, solemnly), there is nothing - absolutely
nothing - half as much worth doing as simply
messing about in boats. Simply messing about.
Nothing seems really to matter, that's the charm
of it. Whether you get away or whether you don't,
whether you arrive at your destination or whether
you reach somewhere else, or whether you get
anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you
never do anything in particular."
> >Hello Dave,We are on different pages, Stefano. I don't pretend to foretell the
>>I would love to hear an answer. I hope it's a sport... Because I have a
>>feeling you are going to discuss something about using kites to pull
> >BIG boats in you crystal ball visions.
next big adrenaline sport; I only know kite sailing. I can tell you
where kiteboarding is heading, and what's likely to be "news" over
the next 5-10 years in the sport, but I'm not inventing the next big
Kite boating is quite different from kiteboarding, and will run in
entirely different directions. I can talk about that, too, but it's
off-topic for this group.
There is some interest in the kiteboarding magazines for my "fortune
telling," so I may have to let it wait for that, but I'll let you