I think this is totally on the money. Depends on the person. There is complexity with foiling that some may just not want to deal with (Men or women). We both were on foil kites and Flyrace boards which would allow us to trek all over the place with upwind capabilities not found on normal TT...we really enjoyed this, but when I switched to hydrofoil I was off kiting alone again. She being very strong kite skills wise and without scaring her off with the possible bad shit, I set her up with a Slingshot hoverglide, 24 inch mast and a big board with mast waaaaay back and she was riding the board in first session on the surface and playing with getting up on the wing shortly after. Just now graduated to a 90cm Moses mast and 550 wing and loving it and we can now venture around together again. She loves it. There have been a few board losses but between myself and the rest of the crew we have been able to round stuff up and avoid and demoralizing situations. I had been nervous when she was on a foil kite (speed 5) while learning (added complexity if you drop it) and felt better when she was on one of her tube kites. Since have gotten her a Soul 12m and that is the best combo as she doesn't want to use tube kites.K-Roy wrote: ↑Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:39 amInteresting topic!
Simultaneously on an other topic, we are debating, maybe its better wife's don't kite all together, and here we are thinking how to share the wonderful feeling of foiling with our family.
While I taught my wife to kite @45 I'm not sure foiling is a good idea for my her to get into...
Don't take me wrong, I'm confident she is more than capable to actually learn the technique required, my hesitation comes from her dealing with issues involved with crashing, foil in lines, long swim, sharp objects coming at you with speed etc. and generally surviving the first 3 hours
I believe (like getting wife to kite) the answer is very much individual, you need to know how your partner deal's with situations where she needs to stay focust, see things in advance and be able to think clear when needed.
Same as kiting with a TT, only more advanced.
I taught my son to kite when he was 12 and to foil at 14, for the first 6-12 months I was "hovering " up wind from him, in case we have a situation and we did...from kite in slow death loop with foil in between line's to lost board. I did that because I knew he will get it, but was young so its a learning phase, with my wife its different.
Nothing makes me happier, but to share a session with my Family, however I think the foil for at least until she has super confident kite control and a perfect place to learn (!) it's not for her...
I agree absolutely! Also less of getting shaken and thrown around by chop they’d love that smooth feeling of flight.
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