this site has been updated and the new trend has been confirmed:
Slingshot, F-One and others already have it and now Cabrinha brings out his "Helix" kite, which is a foil kite for beginners.
Original info Cabrinha:
Before you get out on the water it is important to learn the basics of kiteboarding in a controlled environment.
The Helix trainer kite allows the beginner to feel the sensations of a traction kite without the risk of destroying an inflatable strut kite on the ground.
The ram air design takes virtually no set up time. Just connect the two fly lines to the bridle and launch the kite. It will inflate automatically when lifted into the wind.
The Helix trainer is the ideal way to start off a kite lesson or excellent way to keep a friend occupied while you're off kiteboarding.
<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Toby on 2002-01-30 15:35 ]</font>