Thanks for the feedback.FLandOBX wrote: ↑Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:58 pmHey, good2go. Congrats on taking the plunge with your first lessons. Glad you're still committed. You won't regret it. It's a great sport.
A 4-line sheetable trainer is a great idea, but you'll find they are expensive (more than you'd want to spend on a trainer). For example, the Ozone Uno is a nice little kite, but by the time you add a 4-line bar and get the size you want, you'll spend enough to buy a nice full size starter kite that you can actually use to ride. Check out the Uno online (e.g., http://www.realwatersports.com/ozone-uno-v2-kite). You can fly the Uno with most any 4-line bar, which you'd also be able to use with your first full-size kite. But it'll still be too expensive to justify, IMHO.
If you don't think a non-sheetable trainer will be of any more benefit, I suggest saving your money. Spend it on your next in-water lessons and, when you're ready, your first full size kite, board and harness.
FLandOBX wrote: ↑Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:13 pmGood advice from jakemoore. I had a lot of fun on a buggy and mountainboard with a 2-line 3 meter foil kite when I was learning. I lived inland and couldn't always get to water, but open fields were plentiful. You can learn a lot about kite control and the wind window playing around with a small kite in the fields.
good2go, if you can get to some wide-open and shallow water, don't be afraid to take a smallish (6 meter) 4-line inflatable into the shallows (knee to thigh deep) and practice some launching, landing and body dragging (no board). Using a 6 meter is a lot less intimidating if you're in the water as opposed to being on land. If you get launched, just relax, land in the water superman style, and sheet out. Make sure you're in water/wind conditions that allow you to be safe and not crash into others. I'm not really a fan of teaching beginners on land with kites larger than 3-4 meters. If you're in wind with a kite size that can launch you, better to be in water.
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