I don't think you are going to get a correct picture what's going on on a global scale, maybe a few local observations. Where I live most of new faces are kiters, but that's extremely small market and very few people doing any of those sports anyway. That said, I believe kiting stole our thunder on a global level in the last 10 years, no doubt. It is easier to get results in shorter time, and looks very attractive, so not surprising that it's doing well. Windsurfing became a niche activity (from a relatively mass sport 20 years ago), that's fine with me and I don't think it's going to die.
I'm interested why kiting is more convenient where you live (inland or the coast), because of light winds or something else? Where I sail, some spots are very inconvenient for kiting (currents, strong gusty winds, difficult to fly a kite because of trees, rocks, cramped launch spots, etc). With regard to convenience, I admit I like the fact that you have to haul less kite gear to cover good wind range. In fact windsurfing is as INCONVENIENT as any sport activity can be (unless you live in a perfect spot with 300 days of steady wind per year).
I don't know what is it with me today, I am being nice to a w*nker ;-)))
Last edited by Screamer; 13th December 2009 at 11:18 PM.