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Newb...can someone help point me in the right direction?

Postby p-real » Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:38 am

Hello all! I'm from Tulsa, Oklahoma. My wife has been an avid wakeboarder for the past few years but finding boat buddies has been rough this season so she took a couple kiteboarding lessons at lake Hefner in OKC. A month ago she brought home the training kite and we've been messing around with that for some time now. I've got the bug and can't wait to try the real thing in the water.

Right now we've been practicing with my mountain board and the training kite...which has been a little tricky.

What are some good videos that would help us get the most out of our trainer kite?
Does anybody know anyone in Tulsa that we might be able to connect with?
How do we go about buying our first setup? (What would be a good starter that might be able to work well with the mountain board also)...maybe a good "how to buy a kite" link.
Will her wakeboard work for kiteboarding also?

We're excited and ready to get up to speed!!

Thanks!!
Paul

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Re: Newb...can someone help point me in the right direction?

Postby XtremeBigAir » Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:44 am

either of these DVDS will help you out:
DVD: THE WAY TO FLY
http://xtremebigair.com/DVD-THE-WAY-TO- ... 61C43.aspx

or
PROGRESSION- BEGINNER 2nd EDITION
http://xtremebigair.com/PROGRESSION-BEG ... 03C43.aspx

send us an e-mail XtremeBigAir@Gmail.com and we can help you anytime with any questions.

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Re: Newb...can someone help point me in the right direction?

Postby Speedkillz » Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:01 am

I teach here in HI and when it comes to starting out there is no substitute for good instructions from a qualified instructor. That said, you can get a LOT more out of your lessons if you come into them with as much preparation as possible. By this I mean get the Progression DVD (as mentioned previously), watch as many YouTube videos as you can, and just do anything and everything to get familiar with the gear and basic techniques. That is what I did when I was learning. I was up and riding in one 3-hour lesson! I was able to skip over a ton of the "here's a kite, bar, lines, and how the wind works" stuff and get right to it.

Trainer kites are great, but there is no substitute for getting time with a real kite in your hands. Your instructor should be a great resource in recommending a suitable first kite -- or kites.

If you think that you'll be riding on land, that means smaller kites and possibly going with a foil instead of an inflatable. I personally don't like the effect that hard surfaces have on my body's softer surfaces -- water is much more kind! That said, not everyone lives in paradise, so I get it.

Nothing in this sport is particularly mind-boggling. A good instructor is going to break it down into fundamental blocks that you can then assemble into the big picture.

You can use just about anything to ride under a kite -- to include a wakeboard. Take a look at some of the crazy stuff Tophat rides out here at Mokuleia! However, a dedicated entry-level kiteboard makes it so much easier to get out there and enjoy the sport. Kiteboards are just about the only piece of gear I can endorse a newbie buying second-hand. Kite, harness, control system... all of these should be bought new the first time around. You don't know what to look for or what may feel 'wrong' if you get something used. While an experienced kiter could make it work, why frustrate yourself with gear that may no longer be ideal? Every year things get better, safer, easier. There are alternatives to the big expensive brands too (Switch, Best, Caution, etc). This forum is known for negativity regarding just about anything, so just remember that most anything you can buy new right now is going to be pretty darn good. For every piece of gear you search for you'll find people who will emphatically denounce it as 'junk' but just remember that most, if not all, new stuff is really awesome! Steer clear of gimmicks and you'll be rewarded with one of the most rad sports you can ever imagine! Welcome to your new obsession.

Aloha

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Re: Newb...can someone help point me in the right direction?

Postby Flyin_Dutchman » Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:40 pm

Hello,

All of these are good responses to your questions, especially having proper instruction from a qualified instructor. I am a PASA instructor located in OKC and have many student inquiries from Tulsa area. Take a peek at www.405kite.com, and drop me an email.

Cheers :bye:

Dave


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