kitezilla wrote:Wetstuff said:
"Forget that business about getting a small kite.. Get one suited to your weight and local conditions. A small kite is like this kid thinking Motocross is his next move."
I couldn't agree more...since I made that mistake when I was self-teaching myself. If I had to self-teach myself all over again, I would make a "Plydoor" and go from practicing with a trainer kite directly to a 16 Meter kite, and discipline myself to only go out in winds below 15 MPH.
Larse wrote:I would never recommend you to learn by yourself. Find a good instructor (one with good recommendations)!! Some instructors (even IKO) can be very bad. So find yourself a good one.
If no-one can stop you and you decide to learn on your own anyway, there are some things you need to take really serious, so you wont hurt yourself or more important, others..
1. Get a trainer kite and pratice for a long time with that. You needto be able to control it with one hand and all sorts of loops and circles with one hand and without looking at the kite. If you can do that, it'll be easier to control a large kite. Practising with a small kite gives you good kite control.
2. Learn all the safety "rules", rules-of-way, safty feature etc... For safety you can tjeck out my website - BeginnerKite.com (it's not finished yet, but there is alot of info on it anyway)
3. Know your gear!! Pratice with the quick release system a 1000 times on land. Get somone to hold the lines and try to release the QR in different ways. Ex jump aournd with your eyes closed and try to release. Have your friend drag you around and then try to release. It's SO imprtant to know your QR. The only way to fully know your QR is to try it in the water, when being dragged by the kite. So this is one of the first things you need to do, when you've learned to bodydrag
3. Tjeck out a lot of instructional videos, especially launching and how to get a kite down. Most accidents happen on land (especially when launching)!! So launch the kite far out in the water, away from other kiters, so you wont hurt anybody. Ask an experienced kiter to help you launch the kite out in the water.
4. When you've got the kite in the air, you need go ahead slowly. Learn how to move the kite slowly from side to side. Move the ktie all the way out to the side and place the kite on the water on its tips. Get it back up and over on the other side. And when you can do this easely, you're ready to bodydrag. Tjeck videos again
5. When you can do this, it's time to learn how to do a self-rescue. Whatch out for the lines!! Never wrap then around your fingers or anything else. It'll cut them right of or peel the flesh to the bone
6. And now your're ready to try getting on the board. Again, you'll need to watch videos again. Personally I like progression from fat sand. But you can find many good vids on the web too. But also many crappy...
7. After leraning on your own, you probably wish you just got the damn course... It's much easier if you find a good instructor...
And remember! It's not only yourself you're putting in danger by learning on your own. Also all other people on the beach that you can hurt. So in case you missed my advice. Safety first, get a course...
Good luck whatever you decide
I am happy to hear that it is feasible to self-teach kitesurfing. I do believe that , in my case the risks would be really minimal, because I'd be kiting on a flat (or almost) lake, in 12-15 knts winds AT MOST, hence with a small risk of being overpowered and with few, if any, wind-starved kiteboarders around, also because I usually go out on weekdays. More importantly, I'd take my time to practice the handling of the kite on land or water before venturing out .flyingtrunkie wrote: ↑Thu Dec 25, 2008 1:11 pmif you want to teach yourself, like i did, only try and error it in LOW wind situation (max 15 knots with a 12 meter, just enough for staying upwind) and be sure that your downwindspace is big enough, with no abstacles... Good luck. In case of doubt: make it a no go, safety first!
..and stay away from any beach I frequent because you will be the guy that hurt someone else and gets kiting banned.RadDrDuke wrote: ↑Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:55 pmI taught kiting from 2003-2009 or so, and still occasionally teach friends for free.
If you are trying to do it on your own:
1. Get a trainer kite and really practice alot
2. Watch instructional videos and read all about learning to kite
3. Buy a setup including an appropriately sized kite for your conditions
4. Practice setting up and being safe, you MUST choose an area with no people around and nothing hard downwind, preferably massive open beach. This is the most dangerous part and has killed many people.
4. Practice body-drags.
5. Next step is best to actually get a lesson for an hour where the instructor can follow you with a jetski and teach you how to ride and control the board. This will save you countless hours and hassles and costs about $150. Hatteras is a great spot for this. After an hour or two you will be having fun and ready to progress on your own.
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