FattyArbuckle wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:26 pm
By the way...My thoughts were to buy smallest LEI I,d ever likely to need in future as my " training / power kite" ( Perhaps a 7 metre ?)
A trainer kite's main value is not in it's training ability. It's value is in you NOT WRECKING your nice 7m kite. As others have said, trainers can be useful for lots of other things.
1. You can give a friend the experience of flying a power kite without the danger - MAKE SURE you buy a smaller trainer kite as 3-4m trainers (the big ones) can have too much power for smaller adults in medium winds
2. You can figure out the basics on handle passes with a trainer kite and evaluate your shoulders ability to handle those handle passes
3. You can practice parking the kite and sending a text message with your free hand (one hand flying essential to putting a board on)
4. You can practice kite loops and gain more of an understanding/instinctual feel for the wind window, instead of being afraid of the power that a full sized kite(7m is full sized)
5. You can practice water starts on land more safely and with less power (simulating light wind starts) than you ever could on a 7m kite.
And, this has been debated many times - LetsFlyaKite will go against me on this one, but buying a used kite at the end of it's lifetime for your first kite will likely immediately get you some experience in kite repairs. Go new on your first kite in that 12m range. Buy 2 kites at first (for a 75kg kiter) a 10m and a 12m depending on if those sizes fit the average/sane/happy local conditions. More weight and lighter winds means you could go with a 12m and 17m for your first kite. Higher winds and lighter weight means you would go for a 10m and an 8m.
Wait to go for that smaller kite until you get skills with the mid range kite sizes. Then once you have that smaller kite, go for a ridiculously huge kite (likely a Slingshot Turbine in 19m for your mass) as your 4th kite. Then go for a teeny-tiny storm kite as your 5th kite when you master the LW and the smallest kite.
Once you purchase your "teeny-tiny" kite, you will be ready to give up your high wind windsurfing gear. That may be years from now, but it will happen. Hold onto your high wind windsurfing gear till the very end.
Oh, and kitesurfing has the overall advantage over windsurfing. One of the things that kitesurfing does lack is the challenge. Windsurfing is a longterm challenge with a long path to becoming an advanced windsurfer. In kiting, you will be (or feel) advanced in one year of hitting it hard.
If you give up on windsurfing, you will likely miss the difficulty of the simplest of things in windsurfing. But with a kite, you eventually come to appreciate the simplicity of the most difficult of things in kiteboarding.