My trainer kite was a huge advantage in me getting good, I was a life-long snowboarder and sailor, and fairly competent surfer but kiting totally evaded me until I started using the trainer kite, especially in low wind.apparantlee wrote: ↑Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:11 pmGreat, thanks for the quick responses!
Mossy I was just about to post that as I've been sessioning a trainer kite since November i was considering buying the gear before the lesson as a way of pre-familiarising myself... I had a nagging feeling akin to your advice though!
I should say that i'm definitely not looking to break the bank on whichever first kite I get, more the opposite, but would you say that the risk would be decreased if I intended to only fly it on two feet on the land until after the lesson?..
I don't recommend flying a 4 line power kite on the beach as a way of learning, it's actually fairly dangerous until you truly have the hang of things because if you accidentally power up the kite or fail to pull the safety in time, you're going to hit sand/grass/rock instead of water. It's fairly easy to make a mistake with the control bar and end up lofting yourself a bit, and I wouldn't want to try to navigate that experience over something hard. I don't know any competent kite schools that teach students with large power kites on the land, they almost always do the first power kite lessons on the water for this reason alone.
I'd also strongly recommend that when you do take lessons you talk to the shop about potentially buying some of their used gear. I did this for my first kit, I took lessons and then bought the 1-season-old gear they were selling because schools usually refresh their equipment annually or semi-annually. In this case, you're definitely looking at gear that's been ridden hard by students, but you should also have the opportunity to inflate it, make sure it holds air, inspect it for damage, and really understand exactly why you're buying what you're buying instead of purchasing equipment site-unseen; the same cannot be said for purchasing used gear online! I have purchased a couple of kites without doing what I now consider proper "diligence" before hand and in both cases ended up selling the kites for a loss in order to end up on the right equipment. Some of this is inevitable as the sport has some of the 'shrewdest' marketing people on Earth, but nowadays I try to really understand user feedback before pulling the trigger on a large purchase. Buying good entry-level gear that you've taken lessons on from a reputable school is a good way to conduct this diligence when entering the sport, and again, it'll help you avoid buying the wrong size because you should be able to try out the gear before making a purchase. For a beginner, I think it makes sense to buy a large-ish size kite and then get a couple different boards (low-wind board, high-wind board, surfboard perhaps) as that will increase the range of your 1 kite but with a lower overall investment. A lot of people buy 1 board and then grab 2 or 3 kites and I don't think that gives you the same learning curve as you're going to have to transition between kite behavior early on while you're still building muscle memory. Perhaps you could say the same about changing boards, but most boards cost 25% of what a new kite costs. Potatoe, Po-tah-toe.