D wrote:I agree with Dewey, quit the lessons after learning to control the kite and body drag in the water.
I had a bad experience learning at Alameda Kite and Wind Surf. My first water lesson ended up with me under the bay bridge self-rescuing, using a Cabrihna recon that did not deploy because the wind was "too light." I was winding up the lines fighting a powered kite, getting tangled in the lines, right next to the bridge tower, in a big flood.
A tugboat pulls up and tells us to get out of the construction zone ... the new bay bridge construction zone!
I cannot imagine a more inappropriate place to learn kiteboarding!
First time on your own, grab your board and practice water starts. You'll get plenty of practice body dragging back to your board. For me at least, body dragging was a no-brainer.
Be safe, wear a helmet, etc.
I'm surprised that this happened! From everything I've seen and heard, their instruction program is top notch. I can only imagine that this was a fluke incident which may have been created by a spot of less than stellar judgement on where to instruct. Hopefully, this won't happen again and sorry to hear it happened to you. I can imagine it wasn't the most productive learning session.