After taking lessons, I bought a 6m kite and spent a lot of time with
it in the water. Did lots of downwind body drags too. Even got lofted
on the 6m once, and I weighed 275 at the time. So you can get into
trouble with any size kite. The smaller kites can get you in trouble
even faster because they are so agile--you just need a lot more wind
to really screw up. Just keep it in the car when the sand starts
blowing across the beach.
If you are learning to work the kite, you are better off with a
smaller one. Small and meduim sizes seem to need about the same wind
speed just to fly. You only need the extra pull when you are riding
the board. I would recommend using a kite no more than 1/2 the size
people are riding on a given day when you are just flying it or body
dragging. That will still be enough kite to pull you out of the water
on a downwind body drag if you work the kite in the power zone. And
do it in the water, not on land, with side onshore winds only. It
hurts a lot less.
If you're flying from land because the water is too cold for you now,
get a dry suit (Bare Polar Heat is highly recommended). We've been
going out regularly here on Long Island, NY in 34F/1C water for the
past few months, and it's no problem at all if you're dressed
properly (and the air is >28F/-2C so no sea water freezing). The
beaches are deserted, so no worries with bystanders. Just no way to
get an instructor out again until later in the spring. Make sure you
have a buddy, though.
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, patrick martin
> then which kite do we learn on
> chandler@g... wrote:Whatever you do; do not learn to fly with a 14
> on land. My advice is to get lessons from a pro or
> someone with lots of experience. You will not believe
> how fast things can happen with a 14 mtr; and most of them
> are not good.
> Bob Beach