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>1st questions surround equipment and recommendations of
> where to get good 2nd hand gear / what to buy etc
I can't answer all your questions, but a good kite that you will not
outgrow might be the Naish Aero or the North Toro or the Slingshot
Fuel. There are other good ones too but I am not familiar with them
all. I recommend you avoid most kites older than 2002.
Check out the website:
Buy a twin tip board with footstraps. Maybe 160-170cm to start.
(You may find deals on older 2001 kites, directional boards, full
bindings etc. , because everyone is trying to get rid of them.)
Good luck :-)