Alright, so after sitting for hours online scanning pages upon pages of info, reading magazines, reviews, forums, blogs, and ebay I am lost. I cant stand trying to find out where peoples heads are at with all these brands and no distinction.
Basically I have never kitesurfed or kiteboarded before, I've been flying an HQ foil for a year now and I think I am getting better at kite handling. Have been wanting to step up to something large and get on a board. AS the only thing that kiteboarders can seem to agree on is that its a good idea to take lessons I have signed myself up for a weekend camp. Upon talking to my will-be instructor he reped some Cabrinha stuff, including the 08 Convert and the 07 Omega, which, through my research look like good kites, although I cannot afford a Convert there have been some Omega's hitting ebay for $700 flat brand new. In my quest for the correct kite I am writing this in the hopes that someone might be benevolent enough to respond.
Ill start with the basics, im 6'2", weigh 200lbs (90kgs) and am athletic.
I am not planning on boarding in one spot too much but I will be spending two months in my home country of South Africa soon and that will definitely influence my begginnings.
With this in mind I was told that a 12m is about the size I should look out for, especially living in Colorado. Im also guessing a board in the 158cm range?
So, as far as kites go, I was wondering why I would want to choose a bow over a C other than for relaunch? Everyone raves about C's and I found a sweet 07 North Vegas right in my price range. But as I search all the sites daily, I am coming to the conclusion that perhaps I should find a bow??
In that search I have narrowed it down to the following short (perhaps fallacious) list
Ozone Instinct light or sport
Slingshot Turbo Diesel I, II, or III
North Rebel or Toro (although I couldnt afford an 08 rebel and I hear bad things about the Toro)
Naish Code (although I wonder what previous years models that are similar are called)
Why is it that there isnt just a good source where someone has said "look, cutting all the crap, this list of kites would be excellent for beginners"
Why is it that the development of the sport hasn't produced a source that people go to for reliable, unbiased, information?
Why does every magazine have to bend over backwards to say nice things about all kite manufacturers (dont tell me adverts)?
Can anyone help? My hope is to start an awesome thread that might be the first thing people look to as their interest is piqued.
A sincere thanks to anyone with good experience that answers some of these questions.