Re: Some direction needed - long post, sorry!
- Hi Marv,
1- take lessons(5 days)
2- try to use as much different gears as possible during the lessons
3- at the end of the training, identify the ones which are the most
appropriate to your skills and expected progression.
4- buy used gear from 2001 (you can also find brand new 2001 gear
with good discount, check the kiteshops around your location).
In general, as a beginner just fresh from the kiteschool, I would
recommend a large Twin-tip (170cms x 42cms) along with 1 kite in 4
lines (inflatable, medium Aspect Ratio, between 10 and 12m2 flat
measurement). But it depends on your local conditions and ability
with water sports. This type of gear is very demanded and will be
resold easily after you made good progress in our favorite sport.
--- In kitesurf@y..., "marvin515" <ourlady_peace@h...> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Ok, I've been bitten by this kitesurf bug and I haven't even
> tried it yet! A little background - I've been flying 2 and 4 line
> traction kites on and off for the past 5 years. I learnt how to
> snowboard this past season and I'm glad to say I can do it
> well (I'm comfortable doing the black diamond runs at Mt.
> Tremblant). I really want to get into kitesurfing but after
> into the hundreds of post (I've been doing it for about a month
> all I can say is that though I'm more informed about the sport, I'm
> still pretty lost as to what kind of gear to get. For starters,
> should I get lessons at Silent Sports? I live in Richmond Hill and
> Doncaster Avenue(where they're located) is just minutes away from
> me. I've seen kitesurfing schools out east but I don't fancy
> an hour or more just for lessons. Do they have different kinds of
> kites and boards to try out?
> I've seen used kites for sale all over the web but I'm kinda
> towards Concept Air's New Wave. (Besides, they're Canadian!) How
> many kites should I get? 2 or 3? What size would be good? I'm
> about 5' 8'' and weight 160 pounds. I'm pretty athletic(at least I
> think so :-) ) and was thinking of a bi-directional twin tip
> Most wings come with the lines and some even come with the control
> bar thing(can't remember what its called now). Should I need to
> upgrade the lines or the control bar? What is a good harness to
> I really should apologize now for all my pesky questions but as
> of you agree, this isn't a cheap sport to get into. So, I'd
> really appreciate some direction/comments. In fact, with the
> just round the corner, I'd really love to hook up with some of the
> local kitesurfers to "learn the ropes". Anyone willing to take a
> newbie under their "wing"? Pardon the pun :-)
> Hear from you soon,
> ps Oh yeah, feel free to drop me a line at marv@s...
- HI i will try to help you , i'm from Ottawa and use 3 kites for now.
Fist Concept Air 9.0 New Wave good for water and snow in winter you
can easilly self launch them in sand or snow. Good at 15-20kms winter,
and 20 to 25kms in summer. also a small Ram air Concept Air 3.8 for
winter for 30 to 45 kms ski or snowboard . On water in strong winds
a good inflatible is recommended i use a Naish 7.0 AR3.5 not a high
performence kite but easier to water launch and i converted it to 4
lines mode with depower system witch is a lot easier to start in water
if you can depower it when trying to get ready then power it up to
water start this size good from 25 to 35 kms maybe more for your
weight. Now for lighter winds most guys in your area have 11.0 to 15.0
inflatables. As for a good board i'm starting to use 170" twin Tip to
learn, then when good in high winds you could go like the pro's with a
small wakeboard 140 to 150". The guys i seen using a directional 3 of
them this weekend all said there board where to big and harder to edge
now with your size in moterate winds a wakeboard is the wost because
you need anough speed to plan properly. Hope it helps .