Yep....a Door is a great investment. It gets you up and riding quickly...and you go up wind without trying. Some people say you'll outgrow it in six months and want a smaller board. That is, in my view, a nice problem to have (and worth the investment). As above I put people on mine all the time. And personally when the wind drops during a session I find it easier to grab my Door off the beach instead of blowing up another kite.TeabagVic wrote:THE BOARD MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE WHEN LEARNING!!!!
Check out Spleene Door...
Was going to give up the sports in 2007 after spending 1 week at a windy lake here, then during the last 3 days, the Flysurfer Rep from Canada Mike Dowie approach me and lend me a Spleene Door (back then Spleene and Flysurfer where somehow associated I think).
I felt shy to accept, he begged me to try it out, he said dont try to go upwind with it, just try to ride it.
On my first ~40m tact I tried to go upwind on it, unsuccessful I came back to shore telling him: "It doesnt make any difference, yes its easier to stay on it but still cant go upwind"
Then he repeat to me: "I saw you trying to go upwind like you did with your previous board, please trust me, just try to ride it, disregard trying to go upwind"
This time, I did exactly like he told me and....
After approximately 10 minutes afterwards, not only I was WAY upwind, but I started to realize:
"How the F### I get back downwind????"""""
I was trying to get downwind but couldn't at all (no board skill whatsoever). I tried to re do what I was doing during my first tack but couldn't.
*** For my last 3 days, on that board, my only way to get downwind was to "BODY DRAG DOWNWIND" every 5 to 6 tack.***
My permanent smile/happiness from being able to ride upwind was still present on the third day but was starting to disappear because I was getting upset that my only way to go downwind was to body drag downwind....
Stayed an extra day and figure out how to get downwind.
Since then I lend that Spleene Door (now the 2012) to anyone I see having difficulty going upwind. And the results are amazing!!!
You need to beg them that they accept that board (they feel shy at first), but once they try it, and succeed going upwind with it (super easy), the smile they have on their face (eyes bright,stoke etc...) makes it all worth.
I seriously find it a sin that soooo many school do not teach with it.
Probably because they know that they will lose money if the students learn too quick?
Spleene doesn't pay me to write this. I don't ride the board anymore but love to lend it to newbies, works every time.
Although in your case the problem seem more like in chop, a well known board to help out with this is the MAKO, from Ocean rodeo.
What is you weight and height, and what size kite usually people use in your area? Actually what is your local area, that will make it easier for us to give you advice.
What is you local area / beaches / spots???? And your weight/height.
You seem to be a fairly reasonable person... So have you made any friends? Most guys on the beach will lend a helping hand or give some advice if not to help, then to keep a guy from causing access issues etc.bahflorida wrote:Hey everyone.
Took my first lesson in April, bought a kite, began to practice on my
1. That is not chop, and certainly not the conditions to learn in. You need to be in less then 2' chop or your progression will certainly be very slow.bahflorida wrote:
When I say "chop" I'm saying 6-7ft waves. Most anything that would be over my head is intimidating. Not that I'm scared of it, I just hate the idea of dropping the kite, losing the board....and spending 20 minutes reeling everything back in...
I haven't made too many connections kiteboarding. And its partly my fault. I just don't want too look like a fool out there in front of others with much more experience. Its probably all in my head.
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