Hello, just had a ‘08 8m rise have a strut seam pop. The kite was just pumped up, and not over pumped, and it was cool out.
It was a used kite, I’ve had for 2 years, and not abused, but flown maybe 12 times, and not crashed hard into the water recently.
The bladder became swollen up instantly through the rip, but didn’t burst, but was easily 40cm in diameter. I let the air out and the bladder still seemed intact.
So 2 questions, should the strut bladder be replaced (because of the stretching, even though it’s not leaking), and should the kite be considered repairable? I know it’s an inexpensive fix, but I guess I wonder if this is a sign that the kite is aging, and should be replaced, i.e., other seams are at risk now, or is it just one of those things. The kite appears in great shape otherwise.