Thanks! Appreciate your inputsmbevo wrote:it took me about 10 3hr sessions to get up wind (i only took 1 2hr lesson)..so don't be discouraged
you should go with your plan. the more u fly the kite and control.....
good luck have fun
Im definetly gonna follow your instructions along with the safety stuff ive learned from the lessons.Daversj wrote:I do lessons in the summer months. In my experience everybody learns at a different rate. Some of the worst students have been middle aged or older men. And if they have big muscles i am really crying for mercy. They think they are stonger than the kite and dont listen. But i digress...
Lessons are really important in kiting, it can be dangerous. It is comparable to scuba diving in danger and injury/death rates. Would you teach yourself to scuba dive?
The saftey lessons of kiting are the most important. The when, where, conditions, and having saftey margins, so you dont put yourself in a dangerous situation is paramount.
What i reccomend to students on a buget is learn from an instructor all the saftey stuff first. Get checked out flying a full size kite. Then buy a slightly used or leftover kite 10 or 12m, and fly it on land at a large beach with soft sand. Gear older than a couple years is a bad idea. Learn to fly the kite under control, moving slowly throughout the wind window. Then fly it a little faster and let it drag you on your feet through the sand. Practice launch, landing, relaunch, release and small jumps can all be done safely from the sand. Just rember to always let go of the bar before trouble. Time on the kite is the key! You will teach yourself a lot and gain feel and intuition. Then when you return to the instructor you will have questions and he will fine tune and correct deffeciencies.
When you practice do it in a safe place. Soft sand, no people, nothing downwind that will kill you and not where your local kiters are setting up!
Never enter the water until your instructor says your ready.
When kiting on the land use a kite 2 meters smaller than conditions would require if you were in the water.
Let go of the bar before the kite crashes.
Dont overinflate the kite, less likely to pop when you crash on land.
Time on the kite is key.
You want to have excellent kite skills before you attempt the board in the water.
Be smart and be safe.
Once i get my own equipment im going to book a private lesson with the instructor and then will practise there by myself few more hours before hitting the beach later.jeromeL wrote:Sounds like a good plan.
When I learned the instructors would give me a few hints then let me by myself fly kite and figure things out. Everyone is different but for me instructor was there to show me gear and safety then it was more of a way to rent gear and have someone there as support in case things go wrong.
Connect with locals they will watch over you if you need help, most people are pretty helpful. Ask them which spot are safe and such.
Go through security procedures with your instructor then practice each of the steps by yourself after you get a few advices from instructor. 1 hour of instruction then 2 hours by yourself getting xp.
Fly kite in light wind
Body drag upwind
Learn power zone diving kite while body dragging downwind
Body drag with board
Get up in board
Lean in harness and ride upwind.