This is good....especially with kids.Starsky wrote: She will drag herself around on snow, skates, skateboards and eventually a snowboard long before she is put in the water, and when she does take that step, she will have long had her relaunch skills on lock, and it will be one more intuitive part of the overall process she goes through to become a lifelong safe and skilled kiter.
She already knows which one to put up on any given day and understands that kites have a safe range and that it takes a quiver to do this sport safely.
I got 3.3M and 5.5M Windwing foil kites and learned to fly them on the beach.
Then learned to fly them on the beach on several types of mountain boards.
Then learned to fly them on the beach with a Dirtsurfer two wheeler.
By the time I went in the water I knew about the power of a kite and when to put up which one, when to let go of the kite, what a lull and surge were about, how to dive the kite to get on the board and get moving (basically the water start), how to slow down and speed up by kite position and edging, what happens when you ride with the kite high or low, how to go upwind or not go upwind, to be aware of what was in front of me and watch for others, what it felt like to be harnessed to power at the waist and how to quickly get that loop off the hook.
And best of all...what it felt like to go 35 +MPH down the beach!
Landboarding or snow kiting is a great way to learn without the drowning factor added into the mix.
The boredom factor is minimized when you add the moving board challenge once the initial skills are there.
My ADD brain would have never had the patience to use a 1.5M trainer for a long period of time before my mind wandered looking for additional stimulation, so the landboards were/are awesome.