Thanks for the reply. Yeah i have no illusions moving up to the real thing, but I think its time well spent as you mention to gain an understanding of the wind window. I was thinking of using para cord to the center of the bar and using some clips to make a diy leader to practice the o shit let go, but not sure it will work lol.Herman wrote: ↑Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:35 pmImho a 2 line trainer is not very useful for acquiring kitesurfing safety skills nor does it prepare you for the shock the brain will receive when you finally attach yourself to a properly powered kitesurfing kite.
However it has plenty of other uses. Use it to understand the wind window, and how to move yourself as well as the kite to keep it in the window. Sining the kite while walking, flying blind, flying one handed. Use narrow grip as well a wide grip. Put a harness line on it and hook in if you have a harness. Spin passing the bar, fish poleing etc etc.
In time you can learn to 360 under the kite, then 360 with kite loop then down loop etc. You can also walk up and down doing handle passes at each direction change.
It may not greatly help with the initial stages of water training and you will still have to train how to flag out etc but imho it is all good brain training that can be accessed as you make progress in the water.
Putting an o shit release on a leader is not a bad idea but I would not make it a priority for a 2m 2 line kite.
SWO_kite,SWO_kite wrote: ↑Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:44 pmLOL - all this super critical banter! Poor newb is easily confused.
OP: Enjoy flying the trainer you have. I wouldn't worry too much about these guys trying to give out super specific advice. You're gaining experience every time you choose to fly it, maybe not in the form of riding experience, but with regard to weather, kiting spots and general kite flying behavior. You've got the right idea of moving forward in your training with kitesurfing. If you continue to fly larger kites with the same passion and curiosity as you have with your trainer, you'll be a very good pilot in time. That said, until that time, enjoy the shit out of your trainer. Fly it as often as you can, there's no substitute for time spent flying a kite.
For the record, I spent a solid 4-6 months flying a trainer ANY CHANCE I could before I stepped up to a 11m depower. You can learn a lot from a training kite. Some people would argue its usefulness, but who cares! Enjoy this sport at your own pace, no need to rush into things. There's no prize for progressing as quickly or more quickly than anyone else.
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