on a side note of all the advises you had - finish your lessons first and just then start thinking in buying kites/boards and all that
Thanks. I definitely won't be buying anything until after my lesson. At that point, assuming I have the fundamentals of being able to body drag upwind, and knowing intellectually how to board start (knowing how, opposed to being able to), It will be time to get my own stuff so that I can practice and reinforce what was learned in that lesson.
I'd like to thank everyone else for their input as well. I'm still up in the air about what size to get. It is something I'll definitely talk to my instructor about. It seems to me that wind in FL is either on or off. So, like 0-5 kts or 12-20 kts. Only having flown a trainer to this point which I can get up in very light wind that is how it seems to me at least, I could be wrong. Also on the weight front, I weighed myself today, and I'm down to 188. So, depending on how I eat over the holidays, I should realistically be around 180 by the beginning to middle of January (which is right in the wheelhouse of our 'windy' season).
Dimitri- I actually like alligators, and enjoy camping in the Everglades... I don't think that is where I want to practice my body dragging skills though!