Well, this is true and not true. You can still find a decent beginner's kit (board, sail, usw) for ~1000 €, which is similar to the mid 80's price given the inflation. And this kit is much more reliable, practical and fun that at the time so you get more value for money. Also there are tons of inexpensive second hand gear on the market. WS is certainly costly but I suspect competition from other sports (not mentioning videogames) to play a big role. Many people say that kite is way easier to begin and get fun, for instance. By the way, we've been hearing of WS' decline well before the booming of kite.
Last edited by Farlo; 19th October 2009 at 08:52 PM.