I would suggest an alternative to Craig's theory. I think the artisan designers, as well as the larger manufacturers, consumed themselves with chasing a handful of potential customers of cutting edge trick kites, and turned their backs on the larger number of people that just wanted something fun, and easy to fly well. We forgot about the casual flyer that will pay for a good, well-made kite. We forgot about the people that aren't into spending days on end flying by themselves, but saw kite flying as relaxing, and maybe something to do with friends and family. We forgot about the people that built kiting into what it was "back in the day".
There are still a few "boutique" makers ( I really dislike that term
) out there. You've just got to look a little harder to see them.
Hi Ken, thank you for your thoughts, you could very well be right, being of a certain age I started flying back in the day when a snap landing and an axel were the cool tricks, a lot of us at the time did get caught up in the latest and greatest tricks/kites (like an artificial high
) and when that plateaued off I guess the interest wained and we forgot what got us into kiting in the first place.
We're certainly living through interesting times currently but I do hope that we'll all get back together on the flying field and get some sun on our faces some day soon!
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