Its a rant because I feel the underlying thought process behind the initial question shows a lack of understanding and common sense. I agree with plenty, and disagree with many all the while with a pretty steady heart rate.
It's just a sport. Not really a hard one to become competent at, but you just can't deny it has disaster potential. Nothing mitigates that aspect better than experience. Not reading, not videos, not even good instruction can compare. Trainers provide access to experience and understanding of big picture concepts with mitigated risk. They don't make you a kiter, but the assumption that $150 on a trainer is a waste of time and money is a worrying issue. Those that are in a hurry or focused on cutting cost are more likely to end up damaging themselves, someone else, their gear, or access. I'm self taught, did it on a shoe string budget and am not against anyone else doing the same depending on how they go about it, but I'm gonna point out where people over look the obvious.
Your more than welcome to take issue with my opinions, and point it out when I show faulty logic, but simply expressing your disagreement with my tone is pretty weak debate.
To be clear, I probably flew a trainer at least 20 times before moving to a 4 line inflatable that I would guess I flew another 15-20 times before is snowed enough to put on a snowboard. One winter of that and then to the water. Held upwind ground at the end of my first downwinder. All of that was between sept and June. Had a blast doing it instead of dreaming about it all winter long and logged probably 30+ sessions of quality riding on snow that ensured I was hooked for life. Not a real long time when you consider it was 13 years ago. There are still no viable lessons to be had nearby.
I have watched others go summer after summer before they can hold their ground. A bit sad to watch, and they are conspicuously absent the long winters in between where they could have got it all wired in a matter of days! In the hurry to skip a step here and there, they will take years to get to a decent level of light wind skill so they can log some decent sessions in a season.
My kids (since others mentioned teaching kids in a handful of sessions) are the ones who will easily log 20 + sessions on a trainer before they are even of sufficient age/size/strength to want to take it further. It's not enforced, its been a rather natural pace. Something to do. What I would absolutely not do is expect that they have anywhere near the knowledge and experience to go it alone after 4-5 hours of instruction. They are worth a bit more to me than the few hundred I spent on trainers! The time I have invested with them has been some of my all-time favourite.
FYI crashing your trainer a few hundred times is cheaper than going through that part of the learning curve on your spanky new inflatable, but hey, to each their own.
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