Well-yes, I take any advantage I can to study others kites on the beach and look for things that are important to me. The actual performance is also my opinion rather than what someone tells me.BrightonSurf wrote:
Well I can only speak for myself but I am influenced by what I see on my local beach.
Magazines, no. Even though Rou has represented his stand on kite/board reviews it's still someone else's opinion, but it's a start. I think there are some individuals on this forum that have written and write reviews that are based on their feelings rather than something they are encouraged to say. In all cases i'm more likely to show some interest on the basis of beach knowledge, the odd forum evangelist and Rou's offerings (In that order), not ever because our latest championship hero uses the kite or board.BrightonSurf wrote:I am certainly not influenced by magazines (which from what I understand the companies have to pay for reviews) or online reviews by people with a vested interest in the brand
One thing I just thought of is I was under the impression that competition freestyle is the domain of the 'C' kite yet the market is dominated by SLE sales. I'm not up to speed on dangle-monkey contests so you'll need to help me on this one.
Adding to the comment by cowboy, whats available locally and what the shops are pushing must have a huge influence though I still think the internet plays a massive part, particularly for those of us without shops. Once again, never what Yuri Zoon or Lewis uses.