DocDeuce wrote:You will get a lot of help along with brand pimping and bashing LOL..
First up to bat, Ocean Rodeo!
Just to add to what was said here...
1) Get professional lessons, not garage lessons. Many brands, including us will have linked directories of schools who teach with certified instructors, liability insurance and who use up to date gear. Take a look at our school listings
and see if there is someone close to you or feel free to PM me
2) The board the instructor teaches you on is likely to be massive, something like our Origin Board
. Unless you ride in a light wind area all the time these boards are great to get you started but are unlikely something you'll end up wanting to buy. Consider a conventional twin tip
or a Mako
for your 1st purchase. (There are legions of Mako fans here to attest to this board).
3) Many schools are partnered with retail outlets - research this or PM me - the point here is that you'll want to buy gear when you're done and many retailers will work with you on package deals that help offset or include the cost of lessons.
4) Your 1st kite should be the kite size that targets 60-65% of your wind condition days. Here, that's a 10m. In most places it's a 12m. Then you can back fill later with a larger light wind kite and eventually a smaller high wind kite, high winds are where accidents tend to happen though so leave those for at least the 1st while.
5) Speaking of your 1st kite - it will last for at least a few years for you so you want something you can evolve with. I would suggest our Prodigy kite
but there are a number of other brands who produce a similar concept of a kite. Basically, when doing your research look for the attributes we list in our Prodigy - stable, easy to relaunch, beginner friendly but capable of evolving with you, large wind range, solid reputation for build quality and durability backed by a brand who has been in the business since 2001.
6) If you are interested, we sell a 4 line trainer kite that is a scale model of the bigger kites, teaches you how to sheet, trim and rig a kite and includes a $50 gift certificate
redeemable at any school we work with.
Welcome to Kiteboarding!!
John Z ~ OR