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Teaching kids with the Peak 4

Postby Slappysan » Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:48 pm

First time teaching with the Peak 4 and it delivered. I like to teach kids in sub 10 knots for safety and general comfort and tube kites aren't very responsive in these wind ranges. The Peak 4 is super easy to fly, even as low as 6 knots and provides a lot of low end grunt to yank you out of the water.

As for relaunch, at 8 knots you'll be lucky to relaunch a tube kite and once they are in the water I find having the student launch and keep it in the air is tricky. Sometimes by the time you wade back to them they've crashed the kite again. With the Peak 4 you can safely hot launch it right in the power zone and they are able to easily keep the kite from crashing themselves.

Wind was about 8 knots, student is 75 lbs.

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Re: Teaching kids with the Peak 4

Postby jakemoore » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:28 pm

I like the amigo relaunch technique

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Re: Teaching kids with the Peak 4

Postby slowboat » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:46 pm

Nice video. I like seeing kids kite. So the plan would be once he is getting up on board consistently, use a different kite? (Better upwind).

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Re: Teaching kids with the Peak 4

Postby Slappysan » Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:54 pm

Yeah pretty much. I think you could probably hold ground on the Peak 4 at his weight so once he's at that point I'll switch him over to the LF Solo for better upwind and boosting.

Keeping the Solo in the air in 8 knots take a fair bit of kite flying skill knowing when to loop and such while keeping the Peak 4 in the air is a no brainer.

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Re: Teaching kids with the Peak 4

Postby hightimes » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:37 pm

Hi thanks for the video.

What size was the kite?

Thanks

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Re: Teaching kids with the Peak 4

Postby elguapo » Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:15 pm

nice video...

but it would be nicer if the kid was wearing a helmet

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Re: Teaching kids with the Peak 4

Postby Slappysan » Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:02 pm

hightimes wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:37 pm
What size was the kite?
Peak 4 5m on 22m lines.
elguapo wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:15 pm
but it would be nicer if the kid was wearing a helmet
Why though? I actually have a water sports helmet for him but chose not to use it in this scenario. We are in shallow water with 500m of clear downwind water, there are no hard obstacles for his head to hit other than the board. When there are no obstacles to hit with your head wearing a helmet just increases the chances of neck injury.

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Re: Teaching kids with the Peak 4

Postby elguapo » Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:31 pm

why wear a helmet?

to protect that kid's noggin of course.

you are aware of the board there...which is attached to a new inexperienced kiter.
dont most head injuries come from the board?

and i assume there is some type sea floor there too

a kid's head is fragile..
so you have a grom kiter with a fragile head with a hard board and a sea floor...
..why even take the risk?

slap a lightweight gath type helmet so you dont have to worry about head trauma and the potential liability

let the kid decide later on whether he want wear a helmet or not
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