Thanks for visiting my post! Just to get a few things out of the way, I have never kite surfed. I took one lesson (on land) and want to jump in head first!
However, my kite instructor, has little time to answer e-mails as she travels all over the east coast during the year. She said she would get back to me 2 weeks ago. I have since decided to appeal to the world for my answers.
I am 28 years old. I'm a "fat" wrestler. I weigh about 188lbs, 5'7, super stocky, should weigh about 162 if i were in great shape.
I have surfed for 20 years, snowboarded for 11, skateboarded for 6 years before quitting 6 years ago, I'm an avid Rip-Sticker, I've mastered a balance board, and used to fly a 4 line stunt kite 15+ years ago. (kite instructor said i was a natural with the small trainer kite)
I own a summer vacation home on a little island off the coast of Atlantic City. Wind doesnt usually get too high in the summer (which I really only go when its "nice" weather). So i anticipate very low wind.
I'm a junky for anything "extreme" and i do not mind paying close to top dollar for things. I really am more interested in the jumping aspect (which is contradictory to low winds i'm guessing)
So here is the gear i was planning on getting minus the kite:
- Mystic Warrior Waist harness (2007, or 2008 any preference?)
- Crazy Fly Raptor Pro board (141 x 39) (that a good size?)
As for the kite, i'm in the dark. I've tried to do extensive research on this topic, but its all too foreign to me without any guidance. C kites, Bow kites, Sigma kites ??? It seems bow is for beginner with wider wind range, C kites are what everyone is used to and loves, Sigma are something new or a hybrid?
I'm pretty much planning to kite by myself. I do not know anyone at the beach who is my age, or that likes to kite. I've seen some people, but when i talked to them, they tried to pretend like they were too good to talk to anyone about it (i imagine they get asked a billion questions and are tired of it)
My girlfriend will happily track me with GPS and pick me up in my jet ski, so i'm not so worried about going out to sea. but i am concerned about water re-launching abilities since i'm flying solo. I imagine that just with anything, this is a practice/knowledge type thing really and kite purchase should not be based soley on that.
Just to let you know what price range i was thinking, i read good things about the Vegas from North, I saw and thought about the Cabrinha Switchblade 2, but i know nothing about it.
I'm virtually lost when it talks about de-powering/sheeting technologies....I realize that you de-power to increase/decrease surface to wind area thus gaining/reducing wind flow corelating to higher/lower power. I understand the concept, i just dont understand how one technology could be better than another (or is it just fancier names for the same things?)
Basically I'm trying to figure out the kite size/style i need (i read bigger the better for low winds, but bigger also ='s amplified mistakes). Do i go with the biggest baddest kite? Or do i go with a modest size? Eventually i plan on building a quiver, but i only plan to go during the summer, on Brigantine Island, when the weather warrants going to the beach (warm, nice, not stormy). I may try my luck in Maui....a few years from now....
All constructive criticism is encouraged. Telling me to "search" is pointless as there are too many conflicting reports on kite sizes.
I have 2 more lessons left with the instructor, i was planning on getting the harness and the board and then using her kite.....asking her opinion as well, then buying. For the last lesson i was going to have her show me how to use the specific kite i purchase...