No, stay at this board and keep reading a lot about safety...if not, we have to write "RIP" next time!
30 mph of wind? Not for beginners, no matter which size!!!
Learn on a 12 in up to 20 knots. An 18 is good for 10-16 knots if you have some weight.
And do stay CLOSE to the shore, never too far, as you need to be able to swim back if things go wrong.
And don't kite alone.
Did you have lessons yet? If not, do it asap.
Do not go go kite without!!!
And do listen to us, we know more than you!!!
How about a 15 m? Is that good? I will always be kiting alone. I work allot and don't have any friends. I have not gotten lessons yet. I was going to see if I could learn from the videos on you tube first.
I don't understand what is to worry about in this sport. I don't mean to sound presumptious but it doesn't look very dangerous... at least not from shore..
it's not very dangerous if you know what you're doing, unfortunately it takes a little while to get to that point. 15m is good if you are fat, but if you're a pro surfer then you're probably not.
you need different gear for different conditions, period. i dont think you would take a SUP to jaws, to use a surfing analogy...
a 12m is usually good around 12 knots to 20-24 depending on your weight. 9m for up to 30. if you wanted to get an old shitty 18m then it would have the same range as a modern 12 except if you don't know what you're doing you will probably die, because old shitty big kites are old and shitty.
save your money, stop looking on craigslist, and get some lessons. they will point you in the right direction.