My go-joe broke the other day, and I’m wondering if this falls under the “unusual use” / “act of god” category that eventually strikes most (of my) kite gear, or if I should be annoyed that it broke under these circumstances.
After launching a small (for most, it was big for me) jump, maybe 10 feet up, a foot came out of the strap. Not wanting to land one-footed, I kicked the other foot off and dropped the board into the water. It did some spinning on the way down, and and when I landed and looked for it, the board was upside down, atop a flattened (knocked over but inflated) go-joe.
Back at the launch, it appears that the hold-down strap ripped out of the tube, and left a tear in the fabric there. I’m surprised the bladder didn’t pop, but the slit is small I suppose. The “plate” piece also cracked a bit.
To be clear, I love this product and will probably keep buying them even if they keep breaking this often (this one had about 10 sessions on it), as I love not worrying about board recovery (even after I swam the kite in one time, finding the board about half a mile away was not hard). But I’m curious, is this normal, or might this one have been defectively weak, or maybe I pumped it up too much/not enough? Would love to find a way to make my next one last a long time.