Never had jet ski / water support myself and we all have difference experiences / capabilities with the ocean. Assumption with this sport is some comfort with being dumped in the ocean so many of us with surfing experience take to the water aspects of kiting quickly. If you don't have that experience, it will take some time to acclimate.lisah wrote: ... Thoughts?
This is an awesome post. Says it all really. Everyone gets "the fear" at some point on the learning curve and best get it over early and proceed with caution. Your plan from here sounds great.ElbowRoom wrote:it took me over 12 hrs of lessons to get up and riding. back when kites had no depower it was a very unforgiving learning curve.
after about the 10th time out i started doing ok but every session ended with some kind of drama. torn kite, line tangles, being scared out of my mind, you name it.
stick with it. maybe you could have had a better instructor, but no instructor can take the power out of the kite for you. its scary as hell when you first feel how strong the kite is and how fast you are out of control...
just stick with it. soon enough you will feel how effortless it can be. be prepared for more scary moments though. you can mitigate that by not going out in too much or too gusty wind. when its blowing moderately, like 15kts, those days you should try it. at 25kts its a different sport and you need to know what you are doing.
hang in there, its a painful learning curve but completely worth it.
Hoping you are wearing at least a buoyancy vest while learning to kite. A wetsuit will also help with buoyancy. Try spending some time on a boogie board and body surfing. Need to get the experience of water over your face so it does not make you uncomfortable.lisah wrote:Maybe just putting on a PFD and floating around in the big waves near the boat?
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