Matteo V wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:51 pm
You are still trying to make your kite experience harder AND less exciting. No one teaches kiteboarding to beginners on SUP's for good reason - no one would want to continue, as they would have more fun with a paddle in their hand. I know your line of thinking on this. Lots of us, including me had your same thoughts. Lots of other people gave advice not to do it. Still, I and many others with your same thoughts gave SUP kiting a go. No we would not ever think of doing it again. And we always recommend against it.
I am pretty sure you can't be talked out of this path. But one day you will be just like me giving advice that someone down the line. And from your own experience, you will be saying don't do this.
Thanks for your advice and you frank speaking.
Kite Supping (if feasible) would be for me an enjoyable alternative to windsurfing, while still giving me the opportunity of being out in the open, exploring the surroundings and enjoying the freedom of unconfined spaces...
It would help me in my choice if you could tell me more specifically why you have been turned away from SUP kiting. Just curious.
I would totally agree with you if the reasons are that SUP's simply don't move with kites,( therefore are boring..) or move too slowly or they are uncontrollable and are therefore unsafe. If these are the reasons , indeed they are serious and objective enough to be taken into consideration before investing any money ..
One wonders though why, in spite of what you say, there are so many people doing and enjoying it. Just look at the wealth of videos on Youtube, showing people happily kiting on SUP's, many at lively speeds, without any apparent loss of control or direction.
Even in this Forum , in an another thread , people have posted saying that they do it and are happy.. Even manufacturers have kites for SUP's and they have videos on them..
This tells me that the reasons why people like you don't go for it have perhaps more to do with personal preference . Indeed, we all speak, inevitably, from our own perspective and we may be all right or wrong.
When I was white- water canoeing, for instance, years ago, and we happened on a flat stretch of water, on a lake or a river, I remember that all my adrenaline-driven mates would get terribly bored, some would even... swear and couldn't wait to be back to..serious business on the raging river, while I was quite happy to slow down and look around at the wilderness...
There would be no point in warning against one ( white water) in favour of the other ( flat water) or viceversa , unless one was always to risk life and limb by engaging in it, as I (and most of us ) would by snowboarding 1000 ft vertical cliffs or climbing the Patrona towers in Kuala Lumpur with ..suction cups..
For my part, when I see scores of adrenaline-bound kiteboarders shuttling back and forth full speed on the same 100 mt long stretch of water, for hours on hand, I cannot help thinking how boring it would be for me. just as it is boring for you ( and may be for others) to kite on a SUP.
Even the last time I was down in Cuba, I had the same feeling watching kiteboarders shuttling on 2 ft of water , 20 ft from the shore.. . For me the fun would have been to be out in the Ocean , like when I did it on a Katamaran.
As you said, I'll probably try it as soon as I am on the money and I decide which kite, No easy task indeed, considering the confusing maze of products available and the hundred of opinions, often diverging on the same model and brand, precisely because of the personal element injected by different people in their opinions..