Ok, I was looking at buying a kiteboard setup but was un sure about it. I don't have a ton of money to spend on one but if I did I'd like to buy new. Well I was going to buy one and saw that the company real watersports rents them for 24hours at $150 so I decided to try that first on July 4th weekend.
Call me stubborn or stupid but I want to try to teach my self. I've watched a ton of instructional videos including reals and think I have an understanding of what to do. I am a very very quick learnt when it comes to these sort of things and I take my time.
With that said if anyone here has anything info for me other than take lessons, please post it. Any tips or tricks that can help a newbie learn as quick as possible. I have thought about buying a trainer kite before I go there just to see how the kite feels in the wind. Mi figure I can always sell it when I'm done with it or allow friends to use it if they want to learn.
Also mods if this is the wrong section can you please move it. Sorry.
If you are going to talk to anybody in Hatteras, talk to the folks at Kitty Hawk Kites. Highly recommend that you get a small foil to train on. I did not take professional lessons, I was taught by a buddy, but that was 8 years ago, when there were not "certified" teachers. I bought 3M and a 5M foils and was able to train with those and actually feel a little bit of power. Those sizes were more useful than the smallest trainers, and still very good for landboarding. I took the 5M foil to the water for body dragging exercises, and then got up and going on a strapped directional with it. Today, I would go to a shallow water spot and take lessons on the easy kites we have now.
Last edited by L0KI on Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Oldnbroken wrote:If you are going to talk to anybody in Hatteras, talk to the folks at Kitty Hawk Kites. Much better idea than Real Watersports. But I highly recommend that you get a small foil to train on. I did not take professional lessons, I was taught by a buddy, but that was 7-8 years ago, when there were not so many "qualified" teachers. I got a larger foil than the normal 1-2 meter trainer, when I started. I got 3.3 and a 5.5 meter foils and was able to train with those and actually feel a little bit of power. Was more useful than the smallest ones, still really good for landboarding. I took the 5.5 meter foil to the water for body dragging exercises and then got up on a Naish directional with it.
I saw them there last weekend, but didn't get a chance to stop in. I will definitely go there when I go to OBX. Another reason I decided not to use lessons is because a local trainer there actually told me that it used to be a good idea to get lessons but with the new equipment it's not too bad and someone could teach themselves pretty easily.
Hawaiis wrote:I would buy a trainer kite with the $150
Well here's the deal, I'm going to rent one but I don't know if I should buy a trainer also. When I go there I'll only have about $1000 to put into a kite to buy, the next month I'll have enough to buy though. I was looking at picking up the liquid force NRG 12m whole setup.
I would like to have actually gotten up and have an idea of how to ride before I buy mine though. That's why I want to rent. Just not sure if I should buy a trainer now and have it to practice on until I go rent one.