Re: New Year 2002 predictions
Very interesting! Let me add some more:
-- Fins will start to disappear as kitesurfers start to realize that
fins are more costly, cumbersome than helpful
-- With the new finless, properly shaped boards, kitesurfers start to go
as fast as windsurfers
-- Foils will become more popular (than they are now) as they are faster
and jump higher
-- People will realize that by inflating the leading edge with helium
will make inflatables less prone to the "dead seagull drop" (hahaha
someone has asked for it...)
-- Properly shaped finless board will generate higher lift allow boards
to be smaller (120 x 30 cm range) and still ride in lower wind
-- Handles will become more popular (than they are now) in lighter wind
as they are the best to manipulate foils in such extreme conditions
-- Kites will be designed/marketed clearly in three different groups:
light wind, medium wind and high wind kites where low AR inflatable
dominate the high wind group, foils dominate the light wind group and
fierce competition for the medium group for many manufacturers
Ok, here's my predictions for kitesurfing next year,
-- Next years kites will all have more more wind range
that's what we all want.
-- The end of picklefork boards. New board shapes will
more blunt tails.
-- Footstraps will continue to be popular and will NOT
replaced by full bindings.
-- On new 4 line inflatables, rigid carbon battens at
the tips will
-- Better safety release/leash systems will be marketed
be worse than what is available now).
-- All kite manufacturers will agree on a size standard
ha ..just kidding with this one).
-- Someone will post a "new" idea to fill an inflatable
(ughh ..not again).
-- Some products will fade into obscurity like reel
volume boards, and using handles.
-- Kite and board prices will drop somewhat due to
(..not sure about this one).
-- Kiting will become more mainstream and acceptable and
will NOT be
banned at many more beaches.
-- The number of kite manufacturers will stop growing as
find it hard to compete against the Naish, Wipika,
Slingshot, Peter Lynn, Airrush, North.
-- Foil kites will do well in the very large sizes (over
-- Kites will come with long lines (>30m) for big kite
shorter lines (<25m) for small kite sizes.
-- Serious accidents will happen where helmet use could
-- Someone will break the hang time record with over 10