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Postby vman » Sat Oct 16, 2004 7:37 pm

can anyone give me some advice? i just got a kite and board and would like to start going.
Ive been windsurfing for more then 12yrs
any diffrences?
any website i can get beginners info from?
i need help on the lines as well.

thank you very much!

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Postby jaapd » Sat Oct 16, 2004 8:10 pm

get a lesson (or apply for a darwin award :D )

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Postby highairman » Sat Oct 16, 2004 8:20 pm

Get a lesson. It will get you onto the water allot sooner.

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Postby tplowe56 » Sat Oct 16, 2004 8:23 pm

I windsurfed for 20 years before kiteboarding. It doesn't relate at all, other than knowing which way the wind is coming from. Wakeboarding is closer.

Take everyones advice....get a lesson.....or you may injure youself or others. You will learn much faster also.

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Postby doofus » Sat Oct 16, 2004 8:51 pm

in many ways i think windsurfing may actually hold you back.

going upwind and waterstarting were my main problems I put down to bad habits from windsurfing. mainly due to a lack of fin

aaa screw it too early in the morning for thinking


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Postby Toby » Sat Oct 16, 2004 9:27 pm

check out all info on this site's safety and info forum!

And then take lessons, pls take our advice, we know better!

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Postby abel » Sat Oct 16, 2004 9:36 pm

If it is not clear enough yet:

Take lessons

Really trying to help you :thumb:

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Postby TheRussian » Sat Oct 16, 2004 9:42 pm

I windsurfed 17 yrs, gave that up and been kiting 7years..

I started on a directional, as that was pretty much all there was about then.. and that is a reasonable start point for an ex pole surfer, but for some there are unecessary difficulties with a directional, but to an ex poley, they are joys...such as hard fast gybing..whereas a TT you can cheat and just go the other way.

If you've done any wakeboarding, that is a real help, as you will already be aware of heel/toe pressure issues... if not, just think of the differences between carving upwind with heel pressure for a short board tack or toe pressure on initiating a bottom turn.. that's basically the difference

lessons are a good starter, 7 years ago, there were no lessons and far fewer kiters, at Hayling there was one.. me, now every weekend there will be at least 30 guys out, so lessons are important, for a safety grounding, etc... as there are very few beaches that are empty and chances are any accident could/will injure other beach users.

My advice is to find a few riders who know what they are on about, are experienced/sensible and gleen knoweldge/techniques off them in cnjunction with lessons.... ride safe

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Postby jtsla » Sat Oct 16, 2004 10:10 pm

I'm a 19 year windsurfer, would be a 20 year except no windsurfing now for about a year.

I tried to learn on my own with a 2 line kite and a video about 4 years ago. Made little progress for about a year, then I took a lesson and it all came together. Turn's out my instructor had never windsurfed and pointed out all sorts of windsurfing stuff that I was trying to do with the kite. There is no doubt about it, lessons help you get going much much faster!

If you can't get instruction where you are I would recommend getting a little 4 line kite (2 or 3 meters) and practice with it in very light winds getting used to the harness/chicken loop and safety systems. I know that Best makes a 3 meter and I think Naish makes a little kite?


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Postby vman » Sun Oct 17, 2004 3:43 am

thks for all the advice guys
the problem is that theres not much help i can get here, Singapore
i've done snowboarding, isit like snowboarding?
any info on setting up the lines?


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