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2 line or 4 line kite to start with?

Postby Blashy » Mon May 05, 2003 2:26 pm

High, 1st post. I've done a search on this forum and I'm sure it must have been asked before but I can't find any posts on it.

I'm taking up kitesurfing in June and I've read the pros and cons of 2 and 4 line but I'm still wondering what would be better for a beginer?

As well from the videos I watch it seems most people use 2 line kites instead of 4 lines, is it because if you intend to do tricks this is better?

I live in a light wind area (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada).

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Postby edmis » Mon May 05, 2003 2:38 pm

if you have to buy a kite, then there is no need for 2 liner. you will have to convert it anyway very soon. i see no reason why 2 liner could be more suitable for beginner. with 4 liner you get depower opton which is really helpfull when you learn. i you have unstable wind conditions, 4 liner is the only option. what really matters is water-relauchability so you go for lower aspect kites.


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Postby Blashy » Mon May 05, 2003 2:44 pm

We have unstable winds in our area.

It is a light wind area but you get burst of different speeds.

Water relaunch is a must, I just have to keep searching to find out what would be a good purchase. I also intend to use it in the winter. Probably some inflatable...

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Postby edmis » Mon May 05, 2003 2:51 pm

ram-air is a good option. you can have one kite for most winds, seasons , terrains. check out flysurfer kites, very good kites.

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Postby Steve » Mon May 05, 2003 6:31 pm

Don't send the poor guy out on a ram air as a beginner! They are great kites for lots of people, but few would ever suggest learning with one.

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Postby Blashy » Mon May 05, 2003 6:34 pm

I keep hearing some bad stuff about RAM air, some good as well but I don't hear as much bad comments about other kites.

Inflatable will probably be my purchase.

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Postby 5score » Mon May 05, 2003 7:07 pm

My answer:

"Fly whatever your instructor gives you."

After a few hours with a good instructor, you should be able to buy a 4-line intermediate performance kite that you can use forever instead of a small beginner kite you'll quickly grow out of. It will cost less in the long run. Plus, you'll learn faster, be safer, and your fellow kiters will thank you.

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Postby Cape Cod Kite Chick » Mon May 05, 2003 7:32 pm

5score wrote:My answer:

"Fly whatever your instructor gives you."
ABSOLUTELY!! If you've never even flown one or the other to have some idea what you want to buy, YOU SHOULD BE TAKING A LESSON! $300+ for a few hrs of lessons is a much better investment than buying a beginner rig for much more and out growing it as soon as you start progressing. Plus you are much less likely to get seriously hurt.

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Postby Blashy » Mon May 05, 2003 9:13 pm

I'm taking a 9 hour course, gear included.

Hopefully that'll be enough to get me confortable with a 4 line kite.

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Postby Hogworts » Tue May 06, 2003 5:37 am

Go the four line, Just knowing you can de-power when learning, in my opinion is a nice comfort, I learnt on a two string Inflatable experiencing a couple of scary moments, initally your wind judgement is not normally that good so having the depower option helps :thumb:


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