If you weren't aware, you dug up a thread from 2019. Because you're asking about using a trainer kite or a Peak, I'm guessing you may not know how to fly a kite. So I can tell you both will be EXTREMELY hard to water launch for someone who has little experience with kites.Btonio wrote: ↑Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:14 pmHello,
It is funny to see that someone else had the exact same idea as you !
I am considering buying the next F-one Rocket air 7.6 (2021 model) and pairing it with a trainer kite / foil kite (I was thinking about the 4.2 HQ hydra but I read the comment regarding the Peak 4).
I really don't know if it can work but the idea would be to paddle upwind for 300/500 m , deploy the kite and come back even if I cannot go upwind with the kite.
If it works, I would like to consider mounting the foil under the paddleboard (as it is designed for) and try the same and hopefully riding upwind with this configuration.
Why lauching from the sea:
1/ because in many beaches here in the French Riviera it is forbidden to launch your kite on the sand.
2/ to create a new sport
... however I watched some videos "how to launch from a jetski", not sure it will be the same with a drifting paddle. HQ Hydra seems appropriate for water "re"lauch. Not sure it will be possible with the Peak 4.
@Ittiandro : did you finally try ? anyone else ?
Do you think it can work ? Do you think it can be fun ? Any recommandation before i loose some money ^^
Thanks a lot for your feedbacks
Get the wing, you'll enjoy it more than the struggle of swimming out and learning something that's complicated to learn on land. Or better yet take kite lessons. You'll quickly understand why what you want to do isn't as easy as it looks.
But to answer your question, yes, it can be done. It can but wont be fun. Have you thought what you'll do with a paddle? I use a SUP with my Peaks. A 5'10 100L Outwit. I also bought a collapsible 3 piece Naish SUP paddle but not to go upwind. I still haven't used the SUP paddle on a kite outing. The few times I brought a paddle with me was for self rescue and I brought a collapsible canoe/boat paddle. It's WAY smaller than the SUP paddle. Having the paddle is a HUGE hindrance when you're using the kite power. Mine was strapped to my back and still annoying. And the only reason I even brought the paddle was because during beach closures, I had to launch in some sketchy spots, with some sketchy rescue points but I needed a sesh!