I'm very glad to have found this sport. I was driving across the san mateo bridge yesterday and saw all the kiters and it looked like so much fun! I have a few questions though about setting up a gear package. There's just so many options I don't know where to start.
So I'm starting lessons tomorrow and really excited, but right now kind of put off by the cost of everything. I don't have any gear whatsoever, so what do I need? I know I'll need a board, kite, lines, control bar, harness, wetsuit. What else? Just googling everything so far I'm looking at $2000. That's a lot of money. That's new though. Do you recommend buying used? And what's the best kite for a beginner?
Welcome to the sport! My advice is to do your lessons with rented gear like almost everyone else (your instructor should normally provide it) and parallel to your lessons you will inevitably discuss the issue of gear with your instructor. Once you have managed your first sessions staying upwind you will be at a point to choose your gear. At that point, kiteforum advice will be more useful with closed questions ("is the "KiteBrand 10m2" kite OK for this sort of use, is this price ok etc"). Open questions on what kite is ok for this sort of use result in interesting but very diverse advice, you won't know who to listen to..! Enjoy your lessons! Follow all safety rules!
PS It is not necessary to spend 2000 for your first gear, you will realise this yourself very soon.
Take advice from your kite instructor , check what other kiters use/wear in the area you'll be kiting, summer's coming , good time to learn the sport
You don't need any gear to start with, the lesson should provide all gear needed...