i have been kitesurfing for a while and have had my fair share of tears /rips etc on these kites.as you kow these kites cost in the region of £1000 for one kite.rather than send mine off for repair all the time i was wanting to start making repairs myself by sewing and making pro repairs.
i dont have a machine and never used one but catch on quick and handy with things hands on.does someone have a video/video link even for purchase which demonstrates how to fix kitesurf leading edges or shows a sample of something similar.
Please don't take any offense...
If the tear is minor
(an inch or so and certainly less than 2 inches not crossing any seams), you can use these instructions to effect repairs:Leading Edge Repair With FiberFix, GluFix and KiteFix Self-Adhesive Dacron
If it is anything more, I would seriously consider having the repair professionally done.
Is the prospect of shipping the kite the primary reason for wanting to do the repair yourself?
If you are near the A2 near Holywood, KitesurfWarehouse is just down the road from you and does repairs. The person to contact would be Darren. He is also on the UK based powerkite forum, www.kitecrowd.com
as dbinit. Depending on where exactly you are located, you might be able to drive the kite to the shop.
Unlike repairs to a dual line sportskite, repairs to an LEI kite carry some safety concerns if they are not done correctly.
In addition, if you ever decide to sell the kite, resale value will be greatly impacted by DIY vs Professionally repairs (with paperwork), especially for something like the leading edge bladder pocket.