I'll be taking lessons in January on Sanibel Island. I'm putting together a quiver of gear that me, my dad, and my girlfriend can all progress on after our lessons. I'm trying to strike a balance between gear that would be usable for my dad and gf on this two week trip, with gear that I will want for myself in the future.
As I think we will primarily be kiting in low winds, I'm trying to get some low wind gear. At this point I'm looking for a directional board that planes early, would be a piece of cake to learn on, and would be fun in small chop and for going fast and carving once i get better. No bigs waves yet, nothing too high performance.
There are two on the used market that I'm looking at, a 2011 f-one fish (5' 2"), and a 2011 north free race.
With regards to these specifically, and free race/light wind surfboards generally, what can be expected in terms of low-end potential, and ease of learning?
The fish is small, but my gf is 55kg and I am 65kg. I'm guessing my dad would be too large for it at 85kg?
I have experience with other board sports and tend to pick things quickly and enjoy challenges. My gf on the other hand will probably find all of this very difficult, and I honestly doubt she will be up and planing and comfortable with the kite unless we had a whole summer to practice. My dad is somewhere in between.
The gear that I have so far:
cabrinha crossbow 11m
naish torch 9m (i know
, couldn't help it. this one will be for me!)
142 cm SS misfit board (with very little rocker)
a harness that fits me and my gf, and one that fits my dad
so, other than another LW board, the obvious next step would be to pick up a 14m+ LW kite. I'm wondering if i can avoid this however, if we have the misfit, and a directional?
Lots of questions and information, I know, but I thank you for any advice you could give! Mods please move this thread to the new rider forum if you think that is where this should be, but that forum looked a bit dead.
You're going to hear this alot. Stop spending money on gear before you learn. I can guaranty you, you will NOT learn as fast as you think. There is no Zero to hero in a weeks vacation! Most bring some other sports to the table. Many are fast learners........That will NOT help you learn to control a kite. I'm not trying to burst your bubble but I think your expectations are going to lead to some disappointment.
Don't be embarassed if your girlfriend learns faster than you. They often do!