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Just wanted to add another question to the thread
Where do you normally use a trainer kite/what would be a good place?
I assume using them at the shore is easier said than done no body wants some douche with a trainer buzzing around at a launch. I just bought a trainer and need some advise on where to fly it
You can use them anywhere upwind or downwind of the launches, not a problem.
You can use one anywhere there is wind. No worries. Unless you're talking about a 4m + trainer which might generate a bit of power which could cause a problem if handled poorly when it's rather windy.
Ocean beach is a good place for trainers. A lot of space and wind. The wind can be very strong in this season, over 15MPH a 3 meter can be a handful for a beginner. You can fly inland, but the wind inland is usually pretty bad, your kite will fall from the sky a lot, and then relaunch violently. Inland there are also more obstacles and hard surface that does not tolerate your mistakes like beach sand.
I recently ordered the Best Trainer Kite. So its supposed to be a 2.8m. Lots of wind is fine though. While I am a beginner I am quite competent with the sport already. I was able to get up on the board by the end of my first and only 3 hour lesson. I am safe in practice and can definitely handle the kite. I just want to practice enough with the trainer kite so I don't focus on the kite while I'm actually out on the water. One of the things I noticed when I was last out was that I barely ever was able to focus on where I was going or what kind of chop I was about to hit so I kept losing it. My bindings broke on my board and I had to skate the board it (which was actually kind of fun, just like wake skating). Ocean beach sounds like a good bet.
When I ordered by board (kitemare.com), the guy thought that it might be 2.8 based on the size compared to an airrush 3m. I had it next to a kite that was supposedly 3m, and it was way smaller, so not sure. I measured and it did seem like it was almost 3m so maybe the guy I met didn't know his kite size!
Does it still ship with the "1.8" bag?
Is it coming with a leash now? A week ago I lost the kite for the first time, luckily was able to chase it down. I emailed tech support but never got a response on wether there was supposed to be a leash or not.
I recently got one myself -- yeah, it's close to 3m^2, still (erroneously) ships in the "1.8" bag, and does come with a leash. I'm not sure I can recommend them, though ... mine came apart today, and it wasn't even that windy. I'll see what kitemare.com/Best have to say.
RC: good trainer flying area to left of golf course: 3rd ave from high up
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