sweet dude. it sounds like you dont have the money for lessons. I was in the same boat. The learning curve is way harder/longer with out lessons and obviously it is more dangerous. But it is possible. Maybe you could find a kiter willing to spend some time with you. I don't know about the 05 fuels; but if they have a 5th line practice pulling your quick release to activate the 5th line.
I would recommend gathering 150-200 bucks for an old used Waroo. Those kites should be "safer" for you to try and learn how to ride.
OH! and always pump up your smaller kites and fly those first. Then if they don't pull you at all, slowly move your way up to the 15m.
Everyone on here is going to recommend you get lessons and treat you poorly if you don't take them. Just keep us updated and pics or videos are always fun!
So crash&burn, you don't find my first post credible?
I had two very experienced friends teach me and I have never gotten myself in trouble. However, my learning curve has been longer than a typical rider because I didn't have the official 5hr lesson. Im still alive with no injuries.
Yeah thats just what I want to do after waiting for wind and getting to the beach have to babysit some shmuch who is too cheap for lessons. Think of it that way, kiters aren't just sitting on the beach waiting for beginners to show up so they can spend their precious wind time defusing some bomb that just walked onto the beach.
Kiters should always be welcoming. At my beach, I get tons of people coming and asking questions. Im always lending a helping hand and excited to tell people about kiteboarding. I even let friends try my gear out while I sit on the beach. Real joy in life comes from watching your pals have fun.
Back to my question: why are kiteboarding lessons so darn expensive compared to other extreme sports?
Like i said before, you can skydive and scuba dive for 150$ for 5hrs. Why are kiteboarding lessons 400$+++?
If everyone demands you take lessons then why aren't lessons cheaper? Just doesn't seem fair to tell a guy that he has to spend more money taking lessons than to buy his gear.