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Re: Advice from an older married kiter to a young one

Postby Peert » Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:51 pm

I instructed my daughters myself and kept them safe. Always distance...

My girlfriend took lessons resulting in tangled kites and injury to the hand due to snapped leash. IMHO the commercial interests of the kiteschool jeopardized safety. Too crowded spot... most kiteschools did like hers... don't stop and refund.. just continue in unsafe conditions.. I truly regret not have taken the single chance to keep her enthusiastic up on myself.

Oh .. and this was a IKO kiteschool in Portugal carefully selected from reviews etc...

The holidays could be so much better if we could do an uncompromized kitesurfing holiday...

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Re: Advice from an older married kiter to a young one

Postby pj sofine » Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:28 pm

Sad to say that I'm married to a windsurfer. Somehow this hasn't split us up. I vowed to stay with her for better or worse. :remybussi:

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Re: Advice from an older married kiter to a young one

Postby K-Roy » Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:58 pm

pj sofine wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:28 pm
Sad to say that I'm married to a windsurfer. Somehow this hasn't split us up. I vowed to stay with her for better or worse. :remybussi:
:lol:

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Re: Advice from an older married kiter to a young one

Postby iriejohn » Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:43 pm

Peert wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:51 pm
I instructed my daughters myself and kept them safe. Always distance...

My girlfriend took lessons resulting in tangled kites and injury to the hand due to snapped leash. IMHO the commercial interests of the kiteschool jeopardized safety. Too crowded spot... most kiteschools did like hers... don't stop and refund.. just continue in unsafe conditions.. I truly regret not have taken the single chance to keep her enthusiastic up on myself.

Oh .. and this was a IKO kiteschool in Portugal carefully selected from reviews etc...

The holidays could be so much better if we could do an uncompromized kitesurfing holiday...
My wife learnt faster than me (she's never windsurfed which is an advantage) but she was really messed around by Russian kitesurfers who in spite of it being a learners only area insisted on showing off weaving in and out close inshore among the learners, so she gave it up and decided to SUP instead. This was in Gokova in Turkey.

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Re: Advice from an older married kiter to a young one

Postby IainMacaskill » Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:28 pm

iriejohn wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:43 pm
Peert wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:51 pm
I instructed my daughters myself and kept them safe. Always distance...

My girlfriend took lessons resulting in tangled kites and injury to the hand due to snapped leash. IMHO the commercial interests of the kiteschool jeopardized safety. Too crowded spot... most kiteschools did like hers... don't stop and refund.. just continue in unsafe conditions.. I truly regret not have taken the single chance to keep her enthusiastic up on myself.

Oh .. and this was a IKO kiteschool in Portugal carefully selected from reviews etc...

The holidays could be so much better if we could do an uncompromized kitesurfing holiday...
My wife learnt faster than me (she's never windsurfed which is an advantage) but she was really messed around by Russian kitesurfers who in spite of it being a learners only area insisted on showing off weaving in and out close inshore among the learners, so she gave it up and decided to SUP instead. This was in Gokova in Turkey.
I had the same experience in with Russian muppets in Gokova, the wee dafty eventually got learnt, he stacked it and smacked himself into the beach but thankfully he was the only one hurt, the kite was fine.

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Re: Advice from an older married kiter to a young one

Postby grigorib » Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:52 pm

I see both - showing off near where students learn and students getting out to learn right in the middle of where others are boosting and having major fun.

Neither is a good idea, should be intuitive to go learn downwind in a less crowded space and for good riders to stay the hell outta there

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Re: Advice from an older married kiter to a young one

Postby longwhitecloud » Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:12 am

invite your partner to all social events and even to kite sessions if they do not kite... they will get to know everyone..

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Re: Advice from an older married kiter to a young one

Postby Rakky » Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:37 am

My wife learnt faster than me (she's never windsurfed which is an advantage) but she was really messed around by Russian kitesurfers who in spite of it being a learners only area insisted on showing off weaving in and out close inshore among the learners, so she gave it up and decided to SUP instead. This was in Gokova in Turkey.
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Same in Rhodes, Prasonisi - no wiggle room as they were jumping aggressively with lots of learners around. Couple of instructors were upset, but said they didn't want to upset anyone as they needed the business.

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Re: Advice from an older married kiter to a young one

Postby SaltWaterDog » Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:23 am

I like how this has morphed into the “watch out for the Russians!” thread.

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Re: Advice from an older married kiter to a young one

Postby hongchew » Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:07 am

SaltWaterDog wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:23 am
I like how this has morphed into the “watch out for the Russians!” thread.
Hahaha, even kiters in Vietnam and Thailand complain about crazy Russian, could be some truth to that notoriety.


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