Kiterookie wrote:I completely agree that there should some governance around schools. I'll tell you one more things and i'm interested in advice, the last lesson i had last week just before I posted. My safety released, the instructor came along jumped of the boat into the water and sorted it all out, told me I was ok to go but was now in what he referred to a "suicide not" or something to that effect - I'm assuming it meant the safety was out of the game. And i'm further assuming that this is not what you would call best practice?
There is an organisation that governs the way instructors should be teaching - IKO being the international one (we, for example, work only with IKO instructors) and a number of local ones. The main focus is really on safety and making sure that our students know exactly what do to when shit hits the fan. Learning upwind, board skills etc. is a bit secondary, safety is paramount. We always go through the self rescue (with all scenarios incl. deep water packdown), even though we mostly get onshore winds you really need to know how to do it. Not only in theory as some tend to do it.
Kiterookie wrote:Regarding pointing the board downwind at start - you are 100% right, I know I'm supposed to do it but i keep loosing focus as i dip the kite and end up square on. Another thing I know i do is choke the kite when i do get up and end up drowning the bored because instead of leaning back i'm trying to over correct my chocking of the bar.
Re choking - don't keep the bar pulled in, after the power stroke let the bar out a bit, otherwise you're killing the power in the kite. After the power stroke bring your kite up and dive it again to generate power. Board downwind and hips twisted in the way you want to ride - this will straighten your front leg. Or come to Scotland for 1 day coaching
and we'll get you up and running
Kiterookie wrote:A couple more questions - I spoke to a friend who advised me to have a look at the F1 Bandit 7 for 2014 - said it was pretty good beginner kite.
Good kite, not sure about the size - it depends on how much do you weight and what's the wind like where you live. Bandits are awesome all-round kites but the safety system (2 line one) on their bars isn't ideal. If you could get an Ozone bar this would work best!
Hope this helps a bit