I was skeptical about kiting as I was a wakeboarder & for some reason "looking from afar it looked like too much hard work"? All these lines etc & this kite. Thinking it looks average,not keen. Boy was i wrong.. My mate who owns a wake/kite shop here in Auckland finally talked me in to giving it a go this summer as I sold my boat. I bought a set up & had my 3 lessons, and just learning to fly this kite was such a thrill. Then came the DO IT YOUR SELF PART
Seems everything I learnt/was taught went out the window & I found my self walking this kite out to sea in pumping wind on my own.. Well after about 7 hairy, extremely frustrating days I finally had the confidence & skills to kite comfortable both ways. My mates words of "you'll have kitemeres but ride it out" stuck with me,which was lucky because I could have easily given it away. Now I don't think about wakeboarding at all. This sport has grabbed me big time! My mate was right, "it'll change you" he said. You'll be driving along looking at the tips of trees for wind, he was sooo right.
Every kiter I've met male & female are fully supportive & a great community. Unfortunately a lot of douche bags wakeboard
Anyway to cut along story short & not to bore you,I've been riding since February, been out about 30 times. Can comfortable ride both ways, upwind (ish) Get good air with some boned out steezy tail grabs, or stalefishes. Have been out fully overpowered & loving it. & my wife & 2 girls fully support my sport as all good relationships are built on individual needs