We'll take a look at several tips to acquire second hand kitesurfing gear, one of the best options for those who are just getting started with kitesurfing.
2. In order to acquire your kitesurfing gear in a secondhand market you will determine its condition in the first place. To do that, you should ask for photos and information about the kite. You should be interested in information about repairs or modifications, ask about how worn out is the kite, the amount of hours that it has been above the water, and it also may be interesting to ask about the zones where it has sailed through. All of this information will be useful to guarantee a good choice.
3. You shouldn't discard the choice of a repaired kite. There are many kinds of repairs, and that's no reason for any kite to lose its value. The more usual repairs are on the fabric and they may have been provoked by many reasons such as hitting an obstacle, being dragged through the beach, and so on. These repairs have little importance if they have been made by a professional. It's likely that the kite will get damaged elsewhere, but not on the spot that was professionally repaired. You should be particularly careful with repairs made between the stitches of the fabric and the struts, the fabric and the leading edge or in the structural points of the kite such as the bridles. This sort of repair work must be done by a professional. When talking about repairs to the leading edge or the struts, you should demand that the inner inflatable structures be replaced by new ones.
5. More points to consider when purchasing your second hand kite. The bar of the kite, the line and the safety systems are important points of your kitesurfing gear that will give you clear information about it condition and usage.
6. The prices of second hand kitesurfing gear are very variable depending on the year the kite was built, it's make, model and measurements. It's advisable to compare the very broad range of options available on the market and ask for advice from someone who has been involved in this little world for a while, it could be your kitesurfing instructor or a trusted, specialized store.
7. You'll be able to find second hand kitesurfing gear on Facebook groups, specialized websites, forums, or at kitesurfing schools and stores. To purchase items on a second hand market you can check Facebook groups that might have the profiles of the potential sellers, or if you decide to go to a school or store they’ll surely offer you a minimum guarantee of the condition of the purchased gear.
Read Patrick Dwyer’s “5 important things that shouldn’t stop you if you’re kitesurfing for the first time”