Hello, I just had the valve stem tear off on an ‘09 12m Rise.
It was the stem from the leading edge bladder, going to the last strut.
The kite was sitting on the sand, as I was winding up the lines. The odd thing is, I couldn’t find the stem. Not clamped into the strut tubing( little plastic black clamp still in place), or in/on the main bladder. Poof…gone!
Anyway it was a used kite, so no warranty, but I wonder can this be repaired, if yes, where( I’m in the lower mainland), or do I need to replace the whole leading edge bladder?
Thanks very much for your help.
Doh…I had a thought, just as I finished typing the above. A law of physics popped into my head, you know the one where matter remains constant in the universe, or something.
Anyway went out and fumbled around with the leading edge some more, and found the stem still there appearing to be attached to the bladder! I guess the black clamp released the stem and it just popped back inside the leading edge.
I’ll pump it up, to ensure no damage. Now my thought is, why did it release like that? Are the little black clamps not strong enough, or was it pumped up too much…my pump said 8-9lbs! I’ll check it.
That would suck if I was on the water.
Sorry about that long post…I’ll leave it in case a knob like me has the same thing happen…So…How about the Red Wings this year…?