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This is a great post. Bob you are wise scholar, poet and kiter all in one (and I mean that with the most sincere and humblest respect).
BayAreaKiteboarding 1st enrolled member ! (besides host)
F-one Bandit 7.5, 9 & 11m
6'0" yellow custom quad surfboard
Also, grab a learning video and watch it. It's about 5-10% the cost of a real lesson for one of these, and it usually contains more than just beginner content, which will continually pay dividends down the road. The video helps you visualize and internalize what you're trying to do, which is actually the real battle.
Trust me, when you get on that board for the first time, your grin will cramp your face. You'll probably holler. And the next step after that, going upwind, isn't far behind, also holler worthy when you look back at the shore after your tack and realize you didn't lose any of it.
Keep it up, and stay positive. If you can't, then I'll buy your used gear.
Advice: Nat Lincoln - www.edgekiteboarding.com Have Nat take you out in the Delta during a flood and smooth Sherman Island winds and you'll have a different experience...
You'll get better in a weekend of lessons at Sherman than you would in a month of kiting (beach time) at Alameda.
Yes Yes Yes...
Nat & Julie's downwinders are the ticket!!!
You can start off with a lesson from Nat, and then graduate to an assisted downwinder with Julie and then just to the $20 ride up wind...
Even though I can safely launch off the beach at Rio, I still prefer a boat ride on weekends... Sooooo much fun...
Rich "ATOM" Baum
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