BWD wrote:You can save half the money by shopping around for lessons instead of going to real for that.
Use that money to buy a kite (used, $500-800).
Consider buying a used 12m or bigger envy or rpm from Real, though!
That way you establish a relationship without throwing down too much money right away.
They are mostly nice folks, but their pricing is high.
Plus, no need to trash a $1600 new kite in your first season or two!
I did, and it just held me back from progressing.
The one thing I did right was get a big kite though, since I learned in light wind on the east coast, like you.
Do try out different seat and waist harnesses before you buy.
Don't get a board less than 135 long for your first board.
Get a cheaper beginner or light wind board preferably 137-145 by 42-44.
This is also a good idea because you live in a light wind area....
If you aren't a surfer and don't know how to wakeboard, learn the basics of that first, while you play with a trainer kite on land. Be comfortable with carving back and forth and edging to go in and out of the wake before you drop money on kite lessons. A few sessions will go a long way to making the transition to kiting easier. If you already know how to wakeboard, get a kiteboard and wakeboard on it -take it easy, get used to the feel of straps and flat rocker.
If you are a surfer, seriously consider learning to kite with a surfboard first.
I would say, do all that stuff through spring, then go to real for a 2nd lesson if you want in June or July when the SW winds come in steadily, and progress with them, get their advice on quiver building if needed, buy if the price is right (10-20% under "retail"). Your money may be better spent this way.
Or go on and hit Real like a high roller in Vegas, come away with a few bruises and down $2,000-5,000 after your first weekend. If you pick it up right away, you might not care, but if the weather is bad or you have trouble getting started, you may feel a bitter taste in your mouth on the long drive home.
Either way, it takes commitment, but most people end up feeling it's worth it!
actually there is no such thing, don't worry about it, or about any such nonsense as PASA IKO etc.authorized instructor
BWD wrote:don't worry about it, or about any such nonsense as PASA IKO etc. These alphabet soups are not very nutritious! They can't make you skilled or safe. You don't need a packaged resort experience to learn
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