In a message dated 6/2/2003 11:37:33 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> Its a bad idea..... To many thing can go wrong you can never controll
> the weather.... I wouldent learn any kid to kite surf until he is at
> least 12 y....Its just no point to start that early then its much
> bettter board sport like skateboard snowboard even wake board where
> you could controll things better.....
> Give him a stunt kite to learn and forgett about kitboarding for a
> couple of years.......
i agree - My closest analogy is : i've taught many kids how to windsurf over
last 20 years - and it's difficult enough for 11 yrs of age & under to even
handle under 8 mph winds. Fortunately, windsurfing in those conditons, still
supervised closely, is always the best policy & necessary. You can't do that with
kiteboarding the same way.
As a rule with any new physical activity, It's always best to apply
no pressure to perform at all, just true fun & encouragement. Peer groups are
much more effective and add encouragement for them rather than a one on one,
BTW, as you say -
keep it simple and keep it fun to FLY a stunt kite FIRST
and your kid'll appreciate you for it -IF they like kiting.
LET THE KID TELL YOU WHEN HE/SHE WANTS TO KITEBOARD.
Once they crash the stunt kite a few times and get pulled by
it, they'll know what they are up against.
I've seen soooo many parent/child teaching situations go wrong-
since they can't really damage a foil stunt kite - just put them some
place away from others, show them just enough AND THEN LEAVE
THEM ALONE - with their friends or peer group.
Best to have a friend(s) of theirs help relaunch the kite
and share flying it. A peer will help participate/entertain them better than
Just sit back and watch and eventually give encouragement only.
(Usually they get bored though if they crash too many
good luck & you have fun too !
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