- Hi Guys, as someone who teaches several hundred new comers to kite flying each year, I will pass on some observations. Children from 5-8 CAN be taught to flyMessage 1 of 7 , Jun 2, 2003View SourceHi Guys,
as someone who teaches several hundred new comers to kite flying each
year, I will pass on some observations.
Children from 5-8 CAN be taught to fly kites safely (2 line stunt
kites) but they are far slower to teach than anyone else mainly due
to a lack of fine motor skills and a lack of ability to comprehend
8-12 year olds are fairly easy to teach as they have some good fine
motor skills and are able to understand concepts such as wind
direction and power. We have had kids this age flying foils and
buggying. I still wouldn't put them near the water if they were mine
12+ about the minimum age I would even consider getting anyone near
the water on a board (bearing in mind kids do kite surf younger than
that) By 12 they have learned some better skills and are more likely
to be able to get themselves out of trouble and enjoy kitesurfing.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "kitesurf73" <kitesurf73@y...> wrote:
> I have been kiting for 3 years ive been snowboarding for 14 years
> started sking when i was 4 years old been wakeboarding since the
> early 90 s......
> And none of thoose sports skiing/snowboarding in a normal
> conditions/slope wakeboarding in a lake is compareble to the
> that could be involved with kiteboarding...
- Thanks for the replies to this post (and the similar one on the kitesurf school site). To clarify, my kid is 6, first got dragged by a foil stunt kite (whichMessage 2 of 7 , Jun 3, 2003View SourceThanks for the replies to this post (and the similar one on the
kitesurf school site). To clarify, my kid is 6, first got dragged by
a foil stunt kite (which I'd set up on a kitesurf bar) at 3, gave it
up for two years, but has now picked it up incredibly quickly to the
extent he does his own tricks on the beach. Ke can keep it in the
air indefinitely even in 15 mph winds - better than many adults. He
wants to kitesurf (like his daddy!) but I am nervous about it. I
wondered whether anyone else had relevant experience, assuming this
would be enough to deter him. I think the answer is yes, I have got
enough ammo to deter him for a while. To me the big issue is being
able to swim comfortably out of danger, and being old and wise
enough to know what danger is.
I think the general consensus is right; six is too young. What the
actual youngest reasonable age is I don't yet know and anyway it
will vary from child to child. Frankly my experience of the beach is
that there are still many "adults" too young to be doing this
To those who have suggested windsurfing, yes but even the kid rigs I
have tried are too heavy for him at the moment. Some people have
suggested wakeboarding; does anyone know how/where to get a
wakeboard small and light enough?
- One important point ... The size of kite a (presumably) lightweight child will need in any given wind to kiteboard is much smaller than that required for aMessage 3 of 7 , Jun 3, 2003View SourceOne important point ...
The size of kite a (presumably) lightweight child will need
in any given wind to kiteboard is much smaller than that
required for a larger person ... and therfore much more sensitive
to input AND capable of flying much faster and therefore generating
exponentially large amounts of lift. (The only kite that ever
dragged me face-first down the beach was my arc 460 when it got into
a spin in wind I could have probably handled with my 840!)
I'm not against very young kids learning extreme sports when the
playing field is level (my friend's child had his first solo paragliding
flight at 7 and was flying comps by 10) but it seems to me that in
kitesurfing the nature of the equipment stacks the odds against very
young kids simply because of their weight - and that's before you even
consider their underdeveloped motor skills.