kooshball wrote:I have recently started kiting and after taking my first lesson have been addicted! I have taken four lessons and am progressing well, crashes are infrequent and it is now time to get some gear and keep practicing.
I am in NC where the winds are somewhat light, so I thing that the most encountered wind speed will be in the 13-17 mph range in the Emerald Isle area and a bit higher in cape hatteras.
I would like to get a kite or two that would cover the above mentioned range and get me into the upper 20mph range. Can that wide of a range be covered with two kites?
I am an athletic 145-150 lb guy and so I assume that all the wind range charts mfgs post are going to be off for my weight. I also know from my time on the water so far with several different kites that each make / model can pull and handle much differently.
With that said, I am looking for specific recommendations of make / model kites as well as sizes to get me out on the water.
I think instead of asking about kites and sizes on this forum, why not ask the school where you took lessons or local shop. They will give you the best info for the area. they will also be the best people to help if you have a problem or warrantee issue. The problem with this forum is that people pimp what they ride whether it is best for you or not with a few exceptions. Your first kite should be easy to use, easy relaunch, excellent safety, and have good range. After you have been riding a while, you will demo kites and boards and make you own decision.
For instance, Carolina Kitesurfing in Emerald Isle sells Slingshot and Ocean Rodeo. If you go with them, try the SS Rally or OR Prodigy. Talking to the locals may help too. Try to stay away from specific kites that point to a specific riding style. As for the kites listed above. I would stay away from the Ozone C4 as my first kite. The Dice , Bandit and TS would be ok. As for the board, it sounds as if Icebird has not ridden the Shinn board but will recommend it anyway.
At for your weight and for those winds, find a 12m and an 8m. This should get you @ 12-25 knots. Try to stay within a 4 meter gap between kite sizes in the lighter winds such as 10 -25 knots. After that you may want a closer gap. As for boards, it is easier to start with a little bigger board (145cm - 155cm) as you first and then get a smaller board128cm - 133cm as you progress. Go a little longer if you start to wear boots.
Know when to say when, don't go out farther than you are willing to swim back, don't be that guy, stay safe and have fun!