Just came in here to introduce myself, gain some encouragement/advice, ask questions and maybe even meet a fellow kiter in my position.
Took my first lesson in April, bought a kite, began to practice on my own.
Since then I've accomplished
-Body dragging: down and upwind
-gotten up on the board and gone downwind fine, upwind only a little.
-self launch (and land)<<<albeit a bit risky, I've gotten more comfortable doing it.
Here is where I am stuck; if there is ANY sort of chop at all, I'm screwed. The only time I've really gotten up on and kited across the water was in the Keys when it was PERFECTLY FLAT.
I just feel that in 7 months I should be seeing more progress. This stuff is fuggin hard ( for me at least). I've tried to hit different beaches in south florida, but so many factors hinder me kiting.
-Not enough wind (summer months)
-Too much wind (I've got a 13.5-can't afford another kite right now)
-Too much chop
-Beach too crowded
The last thing I want to do is endanger someone else when kiting. So its like my options are slim to none when it comes to flat water/less crowds in SoFlo. I don't have the money to drive to the keys every weekend where I can get some actual good time on the water. I guess I just never thought about all the additional costs associated with it, not to mention time. Damnit!
-I've made progress, but am frustrated with my slow learning curve.
-Anyone been in my shoes?
-Anyone else a beginner in South Florida? ( I live in West Palm)
This is turning out to be harder than I had imagined, but I can't quit now!