Grizwald wrote:It grieves me, but I expect my lack of commitment means that my picture will never grace the front pages of kiting magazines, nor will I be featured in best adds surrounded by bikini clad beauties. Hopefully I can glean the best of the suggestions contained herein and over the next couple years advance to the level of mediocre. If all else fails in two years 137 days I will be retiring to a beach somewhere that will be chosen on the basis of good wind, warm temperatures and cheap beer.
On a more serious note neither Sandy or Danny of kitetopia fame has got back to me, does anyone know if they will be teaching a Sherman island this year? Further if they are not does anyone have and recommendations for instructors in that area?
As soon as I post this I will see if I can find a cable park. I assume there is one somewhere in the Bay Area.
Despite industry hype designed to promote sales of the latest equipment by convincing you that you must always become more and more technically proficient so that you can awe everyone with your greatness, there are still some kiters who kite for FUN, exercise, peace of mind and the general enjoyment available in ALL the other aspects of kiting, including the entire LEARNING process.
For instance, although it is easy to get a different impression from posters who seem to assume that you won't be enjoying yourself until you reach a certain level of proficiency, such is not necessarily the case. If you enjoy the beach and get satisfaction from seeing yourself constantly "improve", most of the learning process can be GREAT fun. In fact, it is perfectly possible to have a blast practicing on land and bodydragging (especially in surf). Even dealing with spagetti lines and walking back up the beach is probably an improvement over sitting on the couch, let alone most jobs.
My point is that you don't necessarily have to be able to ride around looking like a pro in order to ENJOY kiting (unless you want to kite for attention).
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