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another beginner question

Postby derik » Fri May 20, 2005 11:26 pm

just starting out. opinions on what size kite i should be on. learning at alameda and sailing third later . i weigh 140 lbs an 5' 8'. thanks. selling stuff?

Postby Big Al » Sat May 21, 2005 11:44 pm

Alameda & 3rd have different wind patterns so there isn't one kite that would be great for both. 14M would be a good kite for most days in Alameda in the summer time for your weight. Then you'll want to get a 10M for 3rd as the wind is usually much stronger and you can have your 14M for the lighter wind days. If you are only getting one kite, then get a 12M.

Having only one kite can slow down the learning process because you'll often find yourself either overpowered or underpowered and it's not easy to progress in those conditions. If you buy used, you can easily pick up 2-3 kites for the price of one new kite.

Gook Luck,

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Postby Bob » Sun May 22, 2005 9:44 am

Pay your dues @ Alameda until you can stay upwind. After walking back onto the same beach you started from five days in a row then you can move across the bay to 3rd. Not until then.

So get a bigger kite for the lighter and safer Alameda environment. Once you have climbed the learning curve of experience and hung around the scene for a month you will have picked up lots of knowledge of all the vartiations of kites out there. There is no one kite that does it all.

A typical quiver is three kites and perhaps two boards (small edgy & big floaty), then you start moving into the gear head phase where you hate to see more than a two meter gap in your kite sizing...and the wave board and the skim board... did you see that new bar???

For now a 14 for Alameda is a good start. PLay there and build your quiver as you learn. You will also be able to shop the locals at the beach.
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