For now this would be my last thought ...
SLKs are no issue. You buy one ... wind at your back ... and IN GENERAL ... they go up. Whether a 100' Octopus or a $10 Cinderella kite ... just kidding but lets get to the real problem here ...
The main issue is Stunts and Revs. So just dreaming for example ... say Prism and Revolution had starter packages they can send to AKA at these events. Say for Prism knowing Stunts it included a Quantum with two straps & lines (75'X 90# and 65'X50#) for high and low winds and a step by step process along with a link for those hand control vids. ... some of you have seen them showing the TWO HANDS and the different basic tricks on the Prism site. Similar for a Rev package. Also do 50/50 raffles at the main convention to support funding for this STARTER PROGRAM, give them out as prizes using a small portion of AKA funds and then do a stunt and Rev demo at the event. These packages go out to all AKA events.
On the website on the Home Page have these as starter kits IN BOLD. Say $100 for stunts and $200 for revs.
When I told Chester's mom how to go to the next level:
1. I did not say go to the AKA site.
2. I did say go to the Prism site due to a good user-friendly website (primary reason).
3. Then order a Quantum.
4. Then order 75' X 90# line.
5. Then told her to wait for winds that were strong.
6. See that American flag wait for it to look like this ...
7. What about other lines (50#) making the kite go up easier.
8. Make sure there are no obstacles on where the wind is coming from ... etc.
You see my point. MAybe I will just stick with a $25 SLK? People want EASY ... ready to use packages ... include CDs with the the starter kit like these JB Rev. series videos.
So we are clear ... I learned 100% of my trick making with a stunt kite not from the AKA but the pilots at these events and the Internet (Mama vids as an example and RG). Ironically - if there were no AKA Competitions I never would have met these pilots and my learning curve would have been halted severely. So AKA helped out ONLY INDIRECTLY. I do honestly believe the OLD SKOOL AKA Comp formats do indirectly teach you how to fly ... but few today IMO will bring down their SUL,UL,Std. & Vents so they are wind ready. When you are at this level you are there already ... why travel 500 miles to fly in straight lines in a Precision comp?
Start helping DIRECTLY ... just a thought on these two kite packages for 2 & 4-line at AKA Events. Indirectly this can only help other non-Prism kite makers or they can also contribute starter packages.
In terms of SLKs I do see some people dragging $15 SLKs along the beach sand once in awhile in 12+ mph winds ... sometimes ... you just can't FIX stupid ... but in this case its still a QUICK FIX ...
On the boardwalk one year in Wildwood at the International I was coming back from the rest room and walking behind these two kids about 14 and 15 ... one kid said to the other ... Boy ... it would be really neat to try some of these kites ... the other being a local I guess said ... "Don't bother ... there all professionals."
Currently AKA ... Chester is NOT ...