karenkites wrote:My advice is to take plenty of lessons as many as you can afford and then some more, with a quality instructor, you will avoid many problems and when you do encounter a problem you will be better equipped to handle it.
As owner of Northshore Kite and Sail Repair, I can tell you, I've seen alot
That is key..
Unfortunately most people seem to try and save on lessons when they start, they jjust don't know the risks.
What is even worse is how some experienced kitesurfers involved in my rescue, although in shock by what happened they haven't changed their (bad) habits, completely ignoring any lesson side of it. I just don't digest that. Down to an international Kite magazine (local to me) that although initially keen in featuring the whole story (and a happy one too!), they dropped it... Instead to make everyone aware and teach some good safety tips through my experience, they've completely ignored it. They are probably too busy travelling around the world testing new gear or closing advertising deals with the brands... So sad.
They say that other people experience is just theory... That is humans. Even my pets are far better than that!