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Old    Kyle (Slingshot) (kylenautique)      Join Date: May 2008       02-02-2010, 10:36 AM Reply   
Hey everyone on Wakeworld. Today was a lame day for me. I was laid off. I want to thank you all for the kind words you said about me, and it was really fun to talk to all of you, and hear about how stoked you all are on Slingshot. I enjoyed helping you all select the right board or take care of any problems you had.

Thanks again everyone!

Kyle
Old    Dave (daveronix199)      Join Date: Feb 2009       02-02-2010, 10:39 AM Reply   
Thanks Kyle!!! Keep your head high you will do Great! thanks for the on going support!
Old    Ben Ax (hawkeye7708)      Join Date: Feb 2007       02-02-2010, 10:40 AM Reply   
Kyle,

Best of luck with things sans Slingshot! Anybody who has the interpersonal skills and the outgoing ways that people surrounding this sport have will land on their feet somewhere!

Again, best of luck!
Old    Corey James McKenna (coreym)      Join Date: Sep 2008       02-02-2010, 10:58 AM Reply   
Kyle, sorry to hear buddy. It was great killing time with ya at the boat shows. With as much talent you have and how much people loved you in the wake community I am sure we will see you in the industry. Sorry to hear it buddy. If your in the Seattle area give me a call.

Corey M
Old    Antbug (antbug)      Join Date: Jul 2004       02-02-2010, 10:59 AM Reply   
Kyle,

That sucks bro!

Thanks for all your help with our warranty issues. You were always great to work with.
Old    Eder Garavito Garavito (spicychalupa69)      Join Date: May 2005       02-02-2010, 11:05 AM Reply   
Omg dude! I'm so sorry! I promise to keep you in my thoughts while attempting to expand my international endeavors Kyle! I told you that you're my go to man if anything comes about! Dude, keep in touch bro, and I wish you the best with academia!
Old    CWB Board Co. (thedoubleupkid)      Join Date: May 2008       02-02-2010, 11:16 AM Reply   
Sorry yo! - Uh oh, man that's a bummer. I'll still flow you and your crew Proline this summer! I shot you a VM.
Old    Andy Nintzel (andy_nintzel)      Join Date: Sep 2004       02-02-2010, 11:39 AM Reply   
uh oh slingshot layoffs!!!! Not a good sign.
Old    Slingshot (flexnwake)      Join Date: Oct 2007       02-02-2010, 12:07 PM Reply   
Dude that's a total buzz kill! Wish you all the luck and hope to see ya on the mountain still!

Peace
Old    Kyle (Slingshot) (kylenautique)      Join Date: May 2008       02-02-2010, 12:23 PM Reply   
Goin up tomorrow man, and probably the day after that. It was nice workin with you dude.
Old    Train (ttrigo)      Join Date: Dec 2004       02-02-2010, 12:28 PM Reply   
sorry to hear the news kyle. I know how that goes.
I am sure something will come up for you soon. good people tend to find good things happening to them. good luck man.
Old    AtTheLake (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       02-02-2010, 12:31 PM Reply   
You were great to work with and I am disappointed I will have to go through someone at SS. Good Luck and enjoy the extra free time!
Old    CIREboardshorts.com (nuckledragger)      Join Date: Jun 2004       02-02-2010, 12:39 PM Reply   
Bummer bro, sorry to hear that. Clear your mind for a little bit and then jump back on the horse. Good luck.
Old    Kevin Hoye (wakebrdr38)      Join Date: Sep 2006       02-02-2010, 2:07 PM Reply   
Thats a bummer, I always had awesome service from you. Hope you get to stay in the industry if thats what you decide is best.
Old    Stephen Pliler (stevo8290)      Join Date: Sep 2008       02-02-2010, 3:38 PM Reply   
well you helped me out, i dont see why they would want to lose such a valuable employee
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       02-02-2010, 3:40 PM Reply   
WHAT!
What the sh*t?!
You were slingshot... if any company has half a brain you'll get scooped up.... does that mean things are slow at SS?
Old    Kyle (Slingshot) (kylenautique)      Join Date: May 2008       02-02-2010, 5:00 PM Reply   
I'm not going to bash Slingshot. They are a good company and make a good product. Its just a sucky situation for me. Hard times I guess. All I can say is that I did my best in trying to serve everyone all over the world with Wake and kite product problems and questions. I just mainly wanted to thank everyone on wakeworld for all the Slingshot support. I wish Slingshot the best of luck with their new customer service program.
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       02-02-2010, 5:12 PM Reply   
Now I feel like I have to baby my stuff... ugh.

I love slingshot, but I may love you more...

Good luck!
Old    Kyle (Slingshot) (kylenautique)      Join Date: May 2008       02-02-2010, 5:20 PM Reply   
Haha thanks Nick!
Old    Ryan Cargo (rc005)      Join Date: Dec 2006       02-02-2010, 6:01 PM Reply   
Kyle just keep in mind, if you need a recommendation you have 13,000 on here..
Old    Jeremy Byrom (wakerider111)      Join Date: Jul 2006       02-02-2010, 9:18 PM Reply   
you'll always have your admiring and thankfull wakeworld family
Old    wakemark (waketac)      Join Date: Apr 2002       02-03-2010, 12:28 AM Reply   
Hey Kyle, sorry to hear that. You even helpt me out across the atlantic when I couldn't get a hold of Slingshot-Germany. So thanks a lot again. I really dig slingshotboards but without good customer service it might have been a whole different story. Don't believe that was good decision.
Old    Jay (ironj32)      Join Date: Jan 2007       02-03-2010, 6:50 AM Reply   
Kyle! Bummer man. Keep on keepin' on, and good things will happen. I honestly think that you we're a huge reason that the Slingshot experience was so great for so many of us. Good luck!
Old    A-dub (behindtheboat)      Join Date: Aug 2006       02-03-2010, 7:13 AM Reply   
I was another of many that you helped. Thank you and good luck with whatever may come next
Old    Gary Clinefelter (garyw)      Join Date: Jul 2001       02-03-2010, 9:47 AM Reply   
I will be looking forward to good things in the future from you Kyle, Good Luck
Old    Adrien Snell (adrien)      Join Date: Oct 2009       02-05-2010, 12:50 AM Reply   
For a Slingshot to lay off somebody who has had such a positive influence on their customer... Is Slingshot in trouble? Hope not. I am sorry to hear this Kyle.

So now that you are not bound by them as an employer, whats with the delay on the 2010 boots? Is that a money issue as well?
Old    RileyBangerter (steezyshots)      Join Date: Feb 2008       02-05-2010, 9:44 AM Reply   
I wouldn't say Slinshot is in trouble, Most of the wake scene is in trouble
Old    Kevin Hoye (wakebrdr38)      Join Date: Sep 2006       02-05-2010, 11:19 AM Reply   
Layoffs dont always mean trouble. Business is business and restructuring can occur for any number of reasons that most likely and hopefully wont ever be discussed on wakeworld. That kind of stuff is talked about behind closed doors for a reason.
Old    Slingshot (flexnwake)      Join Date: Oct 2007       02-05-2010, 11:40 AM Reply   
That is correct assumption. There can be number of reasons for layoff's...

But still a bummer we lost a damn good co-worker.
Old    Kyle (Slingshot) (kylenautique)      Join Date: May 2008       02-05-2010, 4:31 PM Reply   
Slingshot is doing fine. They are moving forward with their wake program. Everyone calm down its all good! :-)

I just posted this to say thanks for all the Slingshot support everyone. I have really enjoyed reading all the nice comments everyone has posted on here.
Old    Adrien Snell (adrien)      Join Date: Oct 2009       02-05-2010, 8:39 PM Reply   
Assuming my first assumption is actually wrong and Slingshot is not in trouble, it will be interesting to see how Slingshot plans to "improve" their customer service program. Seems to me they already had a winning formula with the personal attention Kyle paid to their customers concerns. I really hope my next support call to Slingshot is not shipped overseas to some third-shift call center.

Maybe each of Slingshots competitors should hire Kyle as a consultant to help improve their programs.
Old    Robert Dunlap (robd)      Join Date: May 2009       02-06-2010, 12:11 AM Reply   
haha kyle your gonna do just fine. your a very popular name here on wakeworld when customer service is brought up, youll get found :-) good luck man
Old    Chuck J (wake_eater)      Join Date: May 2003       02-06-2010, 8:45 AM Reply   
kyle, i'm sorry to hear this. u always helped me with questions from which board, to sanding edges. good luck to u. i'm sure you'll land on your feet. most of the time changes like this end up being for the better.
Old    Josh Busby (joshbuzz)      Join Date: Sep 2007       02-06-2010, 2:38 PM Reply   
Kyle, call me bro. We need to talk haha.
Old    Steve Jones (steve_jones)      Join Date: Jun 2006       02-08-2010, 7:10 PM Reply   
Kyle, best of luck. Great working with you. Steve

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