Part 1: How long will my kiteboarding gear last?
Kiteboarding is definitely not a cheap sport, at least in regards to buying a new gear. In fact, to start riding on the water involves investing some money (it’s not like buying a pair of sneakers if you want to start jogging). On the other hand, even if you are buying a used kiteboarding gear, you want it to work fine, to last the longest possible, and to allow you to improve your kitesurfing skills.
The good news is that the latest kiteboarding equipment has been increasingly built to optimize durability and, by choosing the right kind, you will make your gear serve you at least for some years. In fact, I have noticed that in the past 3-4 years the changes in kite gear have been more cosmetic than substantial.
Of course, the manufacturers will tell you their newest kite or board has improved a lot compared to the last year’s, but even though there are some exceptions, the most noticeable changes are in the appearance of your kitesurfing gear. That does not mean that you will not notice any changes in performance and behavior of your kiteboarding equipment if you choose to update it, but it also won’t really get outdated after one year of life.
If you make correct purchasing choices, then three-year lifespan for your kitesurfing equipment is absolutely reasonable. If you use some minimum maintenance, you can lengthen your gear’s life even more (we’ll discuss this topic in another post, but it's enough to say I was still riding a 2009 kite until last season!).
So when is it appropriate to buy your first kitesurfing gear? It’s easy: when you become an independent rider! In our next post, we will talk about what being an independent rider means.
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Written by: Gabriele Fabrizio Sbalbi
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Date published: 03/28/2014