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Yep, its time to check all your gear again after a good and fulfilled season.
Clean your kites and check every little bit of them. Use sailtape for smaller holes you collected up over the season to ensure your kite rolls well next year. Check your lines / bars / pulleys / bridles ... everything. Get new lines / new pulley / new whatever if in doubt if its good for more - typically once you realize that you have some wear it fails really quickly and then you hope its not in a bad moment ...
Take your time for doing that. As it is remarkable to see what you miss even if you think you pay attention to your gear when you go out / in. You just dont have the focus as if you dedicate a few hours without the change of getting into the water.
Remark all name tags on your boards / kites. Spray a clear cover paint over your board name tag as this will make it last at least one season. Check you boards for deep scratches and be ready with epoxy to fill the deep dings.
Going through my pile I found one ripped strut (!!!) about 8 small holes, one larger panel cut and barely readable name tags on the boards . So worth checking it out.
One tip: annually replace the workhorse kite you most commonly use at the spots that for whatever reason you wouldn't really like to be swimming at
I.E. to put the suggestion in context, every year I try to turn my 10m (Crissy, Waddell, Moks, Jupiter) but aim to update the Alameda kites (12/16/18m) far less frequently
I also try to replace my global bar once/year
Check.... in the car and posted for sale
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Kites:Ocean Rodeo: 2014 Razor
Boards:Ocean Rodeo: 5' 7" Surf, Spotz Hydrofoil
Wetsuit:Hyperflex: AMP 5/3MM Fullsuit
Harness:Ocean Rodeo: Sessions2
That's the reason I'm kiteless and board less.
I sold too fast this year.
Thank god I'm getting my new quiver this week.
Kites: 2015 F-One Bandit VIII: 8m, 11m & 14m.
Board: 2014 F-One Spicy.
Harness: Manera Exoharness.
Wetsuit: Underwave Sultan shortleg 4/3.
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