I had my first session this year without an instructor with my new access 6m. It was blowing hard !! From 20 to 38 knots !! I did not use skis or snowboard but only my boots because the surface was icy with just a little bit of snow and because of that wind ! Not really recommended for a beginner ! Anyway I had a great time being dragged downwind for 500m on boots !!
I want to buy a 2m trainer kite that I could use on very very high wind days and that my friends could use to start kiting while I use my access.
I tought of the new ozone method, it seems amazing and nice design, but it is too pricy (550$) The ozone flow 2m is nice but also very pricy (350$)
Regular kite stores (not kiteboarding stores) sell a rectangular small kite( about a 1.5 square meters) that come with handles, this ones are about 40 to 60 usd and all you need is change the handles to a bar. Best trainer is large in size. Slingshot B2 trainer is a good size and prize for high winds.
This Ozone Access 4m is the best high wind foil with the best range. Stiffer bridals than any kites (Less tangles) 4 Pulleys mesh cover vents and patented re-ride safety.... but if budget is too low for the best go for the Ozone Flow then Imp...
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Bear in mind that small kite does not always equate to high wind kite. A true high wind kite will be built much tougher than your el cheapo trainer or recreational kite for static flying.
A small fixed bridal for traction or a small sheetable is what you need. Although the kite size you were on for a lot of people would be perfect in thos winds. Remember you were'nt on a board you were standing still. Makes it a lot harder.
Hq has a 3m Apex available and I bet it would be an awesome high wind kite. Minimal lift, small size, depower, the whole package. And relatively inexpensive compared to some others.
Small trainers are probably a waste of money now that small depower kites are available which you can train with and will hold up to pulling you around. I wish I had a 3m apex when I training my 11 and 12 year old boys and the neighbor kid , they get the trainer muscle memory thing in less than an hour and figured out the depower in another hour. I,ve got a 5m and 7m HQ apex ,and a variety of others, you cant go wrong with 3m depower in your quiver.
I find the lines break very quickly when using trainer kites anything more than just flight training. if you want to use a trainer to pull you around expect to replace the lines quickly. I would have to recommend the ozones and the HQ Rush Pro which both come with beefy lines standard.