KyletheKiteman wrote:Thanks for all the postive responses you are all giving me. I've been watching many instructional videos and getting as much out off the internet so I have an idea before lessons. And the kite I bought is like new and was only used once or twice by the previous owner. Its super crispy and the bladders hold air.
Yeah that's what they "told" you. There are salesmen in the world for a reason. I understand cost is a factor but like someone else said, when learning you want something that's easy to re-launch. My 11m Cab SB is very easy to re-launch and has been a good kite to learn on.
Also note that what you "see" and "read" on the net in terms of articles and videos is def good to obtain knowledge, but the physical act of kite launching, flying, re-launching, powering, riding upwind is a whole other ball game. If you are generally athletic and have a snowboarding + surfing + wake boarding background, you should progress at a good pace. If you do not have those backgrounds and haven't spend much time in the elements of nature (wind, water, variable conditions) then it will for certain be a challenge for you. Some people like that, some hate it. Buddy of mine saw me learning and progress and assumed it would be easy. So he watched videos, took lessons, and a year later, he still can not get up on the board. Everyone is different. But no matter how fast you progress, like Westozzy said, one wrong and impulsive move can seriously hurt you or someone else. Or, the best case you can hope for with a bad move: you just damage your gear. I think this video sums up the hidden dangers of this sport and is well watched in the community: Looks like an experienced kite flyer messing around before his session on the beach...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la7WR8Z4Fmo