7505[ksurf] Re: How Much is involced ??
- Dec 1, 1999I agree with neptune in almost all that was said...
I do, however, believe that any money saved by not having a set of lines and
handles for each kite (i am speaking now only about foils -2 0r 4 line - i
don't know from inflatables) will be offset by the hassles encountered at
water's edge as conditions change.
I have a set of lines attached to each of my 4-quad line power kites. Land
the kite, hold the handles, and wind the line right up to the kite. Wrap the
kite around the handles, put it in a bag...done...
To launch, lay out the kite, unwind the lines, check for twists - few if you
did it right - launch the kite...done...
Changing lines is a pain in the a#%. There are times to change lines,
shorter lines for tighter spaces and differing conditions. Todd Synder, oft
most eloquently represented here on the egroup, prefers longer lines for
jumping. So you'll end up changing lines enough without trying to save a few
pennies by not having lines available for each kite.
As for number of kites needed, plan on at least two to start -- base the size
on the prevailing conditions where you intend to surf. Buy a third as soon
as you need it. And as you improve fill in the gaps. I bought big kites
first, because they cost more...$2500usd got me two kites and a custom
directional board...wife said ok...now additional kites cost in the 'few
hundreds' as opposed to the 'almost a thousands' range. Much easier to pass
on the family budget...
Now, of course, you still need a bunch of other stuff...harness, wet suit,
PFD, boots, and many other little things that vary for person to person...
I don't see how this sport and all the possible variations (snow, ice, sand,
etc) could get boring, I only wish I could afford to follow the eternal
Now, as I sit in my hotel in Anchorage, Alaska (18 degrees F) listening to
the 15 knt wind outside my window, I am pining for a snowboard...I'll let you
know what happens...
- << Previous post in topic Next post in topic >>