UV exposure and trailing edge flapping are the two mayor causes of wear on your kite canopy. After long exposure to UV light or flapping the materials becomes brittle.
The coating on the Ripstop nylon on your kite is of course UV stabilized, but still suffers damage from the combination of sun rays and flapping. You will start noticing white micro cracks and delamination after extended exposure, especially near the trailing edge where the force of the flapping is strongest.
The stronger the wind, the more flapping!
Another abbrasive element in high winds is the sand that’s flying around and hitting your kite, this has the effect of a sandblaster.
With all this in mind we always recommend to pack up your kite as soon as you’re done with your session. If you are just taking a break, only deflate the leading edge and roll up the kite, secure it with your board or something else heavy enough.
For packing the kite away, we recommend that the kite be folded neatly, changing the folding pattern regularly so as not cause stress on the same area of the material. The kite is made of different materials; Ripstop nylon, Dacron and Kevlar reinforcement patches. These materials are chosen for their strength and rigidity (especially the Dacron). This is the reason they don’t like to be bent repeatedly on the same fold.
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