Kitesurfing is a sport for adventurers! When the wind hits the kite and I glide over the blue water weightlessly, I feel nothing but absolute freedom! The kitesurfers among you have probably just smiled to themselves while reading this, as they know exactly what I mean. But enough sentimentalism, let’s cut to the (technical) chase:
My good friend Oliver, who is a passionate kitesurfer just like me, has recently been to the Ijsselmeer in the Netherlands. While he happily floated across the water, some of the valve sealings on the fronttube bladder came loose. Bladders are thin rubber tubes, which are inflated in order to give the kite stability. Due to high stresses, the tubes are damaged fairly often. But why buy new ones when the old ones can be repaired just as well?