I spent a week in France this last summer at a kitesurfing class,
learning to waterlaunch with 2 line kites in deep choppy waters. The
kites were always falling out of the sky. Then I rented a Flysurfer
foil for a day, it was hard to relaunch too, and if it gets water
logged your stuck with a sea anchor. Then I tried a friends 4 line
kite with trim loop and realised a LEI doesn´t need to fall out of
the sky. I also realised you need your own kit that is set up for
you, and footstraps that are easy to get into.
So I broke down and bought a Naish Aero 2, 12 and 18m2 with UDS bar.
Made my own board 150x42cm and fitted it with 3, 2.5 inch on each
end for good grip.
Then I took a charter trip to El Gouna in Egypt last week. Shallow
water and steady winds.
1. UDS works well. Lots of de-power and rode whole week in "free
bar" mode, never hooked into trim loop, just used "leash" for de-
power. De-power helps when holding kite in air and starting. Safety
release works well. No leash to get all tangled like it did in
France all the time, even around neck.
2. Learn in shallow water. Good flyers just don´t drop the kite,
its that simple. Eventually we will learn to not to drop the
kite ,just stay in the shallows.
3. Water launch is not too difficult if you practice it, the right
technique is needed and a good wind. Try it in the shallows first.
4. Use a board that will plane easily so it will forgive poor
starting technique. The board will submarine just after you get
pulled up and lose a little kite power, before you get the kite back
into the power zone. My 150 x 42 was a good fun ride and I kept
upwind after one days flying.
5. VERY important. Use a board with good sized fins. This gives a
good bite so if you lose an edge you don´t fly sliding over the
water and crash. There is a loss of loosness but it´s better than
sliding on your butt all the time. Better to be able to get up and
learn to control the kite without too much concern over edging. I
tried several boards in France and Egypt and had the same problems
with sliding all over. These boards had small fins.
6. My 18m2 was way big for me.(72kgs) I used the 12m2 most of the
time. When I put up the 18 the wind would crank up a few knots and
I´d be really overpowered on my larger board and not good enough
have control. Better to learn to fly underpowered with
good "sineing" and save your bucks for when you´re better next
7. All the kites from the majors are nice products. Everyone was out
on Cabrinhas, Gaastras, Naish, Takoons and they all were having fun.
Locals use Slingshots here in Sweden and have fun too. Just get a
8. Use a life vest and a helmet
--- In email@example.com, <michael.klotz@p...> wrote:
> I just started kiteboarding this past summer in the Gorge as well
as one week in Maui. I have North Rhinos (8 & 12 M2) and have
trouble re-launching them, but anticipate experience will help. I
like them fine, but have not really spent much time on other
brands. I did notice the popularity of Cabrinha kites in Maui and
the Recon system is intriguing. Prices are good so if I had to do
it over again I would seriously consider that brand (you don't see
many in the Gorge). I bought my kites (03's) used thru
Iwindsurf.com and have been happy with them (I bought locally so I
could see them first).
> I bought a used Slingshot Drake board (143cm?) and I love it, but
anticipate downsizing in a season or two.
> I ride in 15-25 MPH winds and the Gorge is typically gusty.
> I use a helmet, life vest (designed for kayaking with a very high
cut), and carry a knife. I wish the pros out there would set better
examples by using safety gear.
> Good luck and ride safely.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Aaron Giandonato [mailto:aaron72@v...]
> Sent: Sat 12/6/2003 10:58 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [ksurf] changing theequipment...
> Hi everybody!!
> After getting started in kitesurfing only few days in the
Italian seas, on last November I went to Cape Verde where I spent 2
weeks training hard and finally I learned to go upwind and trying my
> For this kite trip I brought my own equipment: a kiteboard
RRD bidi 170cm (not so good for entry-level) and a kite RRD type 4.1
> Now I'd like to buy new equipment and I need some
suggestions about board and kite shapes and manufacturers:
> 1) KITES: In Cape Verde I've been rescued 2 times: I did not
succedeed in relaunching the kite because of the strong wind that
was dragging me up to Boa Vista Island. So, I need a good
relaunchable kite... I've read something about the RECON system
employed by Cabrinha. It seems to be a good safety system especially
in relaunching the kite (it is almost "invisible"). Another system I
read about is the one adopted by wipika which includes a 5th line
but.... more lines, more troubles....
> More over, the SS fuels are attractive (especially the 2004
production) in terms of performance and material used in
construction... Is Naish a really good one??...
> So... too many brands are confusing me... What about size
and Aspect Ratio? Are those safety systems credibles?
> I think I'd have to buy 2 kites. It's better a 12m and a 18m
or a 10m and a 16m? What about the manufacturers?? Do you think
Cabrinha is a good choise?? which is the best model that combines
safety and performance?
> 2) BOARDS: my intent is to buy a board (not so "radical")
which allows me to surf in medium/strong wind. For this reason I
think that 140-145 cm is a good lenght What do you think about the
slingshot SX series? Are Drops boards good ? Someone told me that
the Cabrinha ones are good... Is the Naish "Stubbie" suitable for
> Please... help me!!!
> I wish you all the best.
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