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Wow. I just got recently been shot wit the dart of love, love of kiteboarding that is. I didnt try how this sport is, but flew some stunt kites. I have some questions, hoping for some answers.
1. Should i first get a trainer kite to get me started, is it a waste of money because i would receive better training and "experience" skipping the trainer kite and going directly to a class?
2. I read a lot of incidents and accidents about kiteboarding, what are the factors that deal about it and how could it be prevented.
3. What specifically is tea-bagging? And when you get in the air, is it always sure youll land back on the water?
4. Im a 145 er pounder. I live in miami. What size of kite should i get for an all around wind kite?
Dudes and dudets, hope i didnt take much of your time. Thanx!
Hey I'm kind of in the same boat you are in, I'll answer the best I can.
1) I have not taken a lesson yet, but I think most people would say getting a trainer kite is a good move. I've flown some stunt kites in the past, and that will help, but they are different, like flying with a fixed bar instead of two lines/handles you can move around. Also, you'll be concentrating on learning the power that a larger kite will be able to produce, different flying patterns, etc.
By flying a trainer kite yourself, and doing it on your own time, you should in theory save money because your first lesson will not need to cover (as much?) basic kite flying techniques.
I bought a Best trainer. I haven't flown any other trainers, so I'm not going to say it is better than another, but the price was pretty good. It's definitely been able lift me a few feet, and it has put up with a bunch of abuse and is still flying.
2 & 4) There is a member of this site that runs his own http://www.fksa.org/. There is a bunch of posts that review accidents, and lessons learned to avoid such accidents in the future. He's also in Florida and would know what type of equipment would suit you for your area.
3) I could be wrong, but think of a tea bag that you're steeping in hot water, and pulling the tea in and out of the water. The tag would be the kite, and you would be the bag. Basically getting lifted in and out of the water.
What comes up must come down. There have been some incidents of people getting stuck in updrafts and getting really high up, but I think these are freak occurrences? If you get lifted out of the water, there is no guarantee that you will always land back in the water, you may land .. on land.
Hope this helps,
Have you senn the nice text from BWADG at BAK ?
Meets quite well all your answers and also opens new questions for you.
A trainer kite is always good but you dont need a new one from teh big companies. Just a bar and something flying behind is good. Then take lesons. Yes, they are f....ing expensive but really a must. Buy your grear AFTER that. Depending on your budged new or used stuff is fine. Just buy nothing older than 3 years.
Hope that helps. Knyfe
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