Snowblades are great for jumping, but they require much more energy
to edge than a pair of skis.
If you have never skied or snowboarded, skis are far easier to use.
For a couple reasons. If you fall forward on a snowboard (easy to
do) you will either have to fly the kite overhead and literally jump
to your feet or take off the board and put it on again. Skis are
more stable and you can edge more effectively.
Snowboards are excellent for jumping and in powder conditions. On
flat hard surfaces, skis are preferable.
--- In email@example.com
, Andre Ethier <skiwithandre@y...>
> The name for this type of ski is a 'snowblade'.
> Because they're so short they don't provide as much
> edging power especially on ice, and they won't be good
> in powder, otherwise they should be fine. The benefit
> for this type of ski is that, it is much easier to
> walk with and to turn around.
> --- Chris Glazier <cglazier@c...> wrote:
> Yes, short skis which are used for tricks would be
> ideal for
> learning to kite because they are easier to walk
> around with and
> easier for a beginner. I think they would definitely
> be easier than
> a snowboard.
> Learning kiting skills on snow is also considered a
> good and easy
> introduction to kitesurfing on the water.
> Chris Glazier
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Guy Platt
> <guy@w...> wrote:
> > This looks like a knowledgeable response.
> > To add a question to it, I've moved from a warm
> climate to Sweden,
> > is better to start with if you've spent almost no
> time on skis and
> > been on a snowboard (also never kite surfed) :)
> > I ordered a 3m kite but was just puzzling over the
> next step. A
> > recommended I get (borrow or rent) some of the skis
> which are only
> > around a meter long (I haven't seen them but he
> indicated the size
> > his arms. Says they use regular ski bindings?
> Unfortunately I
> don't know
> > what they are called.
> > -- Guy
> > Brian penned the following on 11/16/2003 5:50 PM:
> > > Skis or a snowboard will work equally well.
> Choose which ever
> > > prefer or are better at. Skis offer an advantage
> to learning
> > > you can walk around with them to tension your kite
> lines. If you
> > > are comfortable on a snowboard you will find the
> riding to be
> > > as easy.
> > >
> > > The size kite depends on wind and snow conditions.
> Powder will
> > > require more juice, where hard packed surfaces
> offer less
> > > resistance. On most terrain a 3 meter kite will
> get you going
> in 10-
> > > 15 mph.
> > >
> > > Windzup
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