Orion wrote:Hi everybody !
I just registered minutes ago and before checking the various posts I would like to know if it is possible to learn kitesurfing without taking any lessons, but with the help of educational materials such as books and dvd/video, like I did windsurfing a couple of decades ago. I do fly kites (much smaller than the ones used for kitesurfing, althought of +/- similar shapes - 2 and 4 strings) . Close to where I live, there are sandbars where I fly these and get dragged in the water with great fun, but no one to teach me kitesurfing, which looks absolutely awesome... I am really tempted to buy the equipment (after some more reading and advises on-line....) and spend some days figuring out how to kitesurf...
Are my thoughts about learning by myself totally wild and out of reality ?
Thanks for reading me and sharing any thoughts.
Hi there, it sounds as though you have made a good start already in self teaching.
Basically the bits you will need a hand with, you could get from a friend who kite surfs.
1/ Checking your gear especially the safety release etc.
2/ Knowing what wind strength the kite you get is going to be safe to learn in.
3/ Help with launching and landing a couple of times until you have it sussed.
4/ Wind direction and hazards that could hammer you.
Full size kites have a lot more power than trainers and if it gets ugly you are going to get caned.
But from what you have said you already are dragging in the water , and know how to use a trainer kite, so lessons about flying etc probably aren't required, but help with the above is what is needed