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 Post subject: Post for new Kiters, Beginners
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:48 pm 
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If you are new to Kiting or thinking of Kiting, than this post is for you. It might just save your life and help keep the sport clean and free of danger. I thought about putting this in the safety forum, but then chances are if you are new or a beginner, than you aren't looking there anyway. This isn't a lecture or a soapbox moment, but more of a plea for those of you not to almost make the same mistake I was about to.

Like you, I got hooked on this awesome sport not long ago over a trip to the Florida beaches. I saw it from a distance and instantly gravitated towards it. Upon returning home, I sought out the local Kite community and found all the online resources (like this forum).

Having been a collegiate skier and a water lover my entire life, I felt this would be right up my alley. I've been on boards, skis, and skateboards since I was a boy.

Upon entering the online kite world I was immediately turned off by all the comments and people insisting that "you just had to have lessons". Lessons I thought? I bought the $20 video like some of you are thiking of doing, spent a few hundred bucks on Amazon and bought a trainer kite then proceeded to learn to fly in my local park. 20 hours or so into my trainer kite..I had it right! A life of wake boarding and a summer of trainer kite flying and certainly this was doable.

Chalk it up to being older (I'm 39 now), but I decided to take a lesson anyway. 14 hours later and a $1000 in lessons, and I'm just now "thinking" I might be ready for some solo time on the right day/conditions, with the right equipment. I'm simply amazed at the learning curve to doing this "right" (key word). It's not about knowing what to do when things are great, but when things go wrong. These kites and lines are deadly not only to you but everyone around you.

Trust me....spending a few hours and some money with the right instructor/school willing to take you from A to Z, offer boat support, and help build confidence....is worth every bit of time. Not only will you probably progress faster, but your fellow kiters will respect you for it. There is no shame in being that one guy out there taking a lesson.

Do the right thing.


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 Post subject: Re: Post for new Kiters, Beginners
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:58 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Post for new Kiters, Beginners
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:55 pm 
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great post, thx for that.

True, lessons should be done, at the end it might costs you way less, will get you going faster, and give you more important info.

And for inspiration of tricks, get my Airstyle DVD with tons of tricks and important safety, no one gonna tell you! www.airstyle.tv

Enjoy the sport! :thumb:


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 Post subject: Re: Post for new Kiters, Beginners
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:36 pm 
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Good stuff. I actually make one of those beginner DVDs, mentioned above, but we still recommend lessons for everyone learning to kitesurf - instructional beginner videos are there to give you added insight during and after your lessons but are by no means a replacement. A great instructor will be able to give you instant feedback in those first few hours and days, saving lots of frustration down the road. Kitesurfing is never going to be a "cheap" sport so if you decide to start just realise that paying for some lessons is an investment in years of fun in the future :D


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 Post subject: Re: Post for new Kiters, Beginners
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:48 pm 
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Absolutely robclaisse. I'd recommend the video's in a heartbeat. I think its a great intro to the sport and it really helps connect the dots along the way.


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 Post subject: Re: Post for new Kiters, Beginners
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:04 am 
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Never ceases to amaze me how the companies all have their ear to the rail on this forum...never ever missing a beat...


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 Post subject: Re: Post for new Kiters, Beginners
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:14 am 
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NYKiter wrote:
Never ceases to amaze me how the companies all have their ear to the rail on this forum...never ever missing a beat...


I think that's a good thing.


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 Post subject: Re: Post for new Kiters, Beginners
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:22 am 
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robclaisse wrote:
Good stuff. I actually make one of those beginner DVDs, mentioned above, but we still recommend lessons for everyone learning to kitesurf - instructional beginner videos are there to give you added insight during and after your lessons but are by no means a replacement. A great instructor will be able to give you instant feedback in those first few hours and days, saving lots of frustration down the road. Kitesurfing is never going to be a "cheap" sport so if you decide to start just realise that paying for some lessons is an investment in years of fun in the future :D


I recently ordered a few of your intermediate videos. Haven't seen the beginner videos, but the step by step attention to detail and split screen approach showing the kite's movement on the intermediate videos really helped me. Good job.


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 Post subject: Re: Post for new Kiters, Beginners
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:39 am 
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Glad they are helping Will.

And yes, always keep an eye on the forums both to see what people are discussing which might help with product decision in the future but also to try and offer some advise when it might help.


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 Post subject: Re: Post for new Kiters, Beginners
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:18 am 
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Yet at the same time Progression doesn't establish its own forum...


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