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, Jean-Sébastien Bouffard <jeanbouffard@...> wrote:
> Hey Jim
> Thanks for the reply, my current position is as follows. I'm new to
> the sport of Kitesurfing. I've only been out once in winter on a
> snowboard. I weigh about 165lbs which converts to about 75kg.
.........then, totally forget days when you see whitecaps for a while: that is a big kite for a
newbie at 75kg. (I'm 90kg and have a Contra 14 as a big kite ..got rid of 18's, 20's ..and
16-C's are next to go)
Forget about wind speeds you hear on the radio: look for water that is not 'glossy'...but
not yet white-tiped ...matte grey is a good starting point. Do not attempt if you can hear
common sounds from 1/4-1/2mi away - wind is too light.
But most important: find someone to give you lessons - a real instructor, not a friend who
may not be much more expirenced than you. In some respects I think a Bow kite is more
dangerous than a 'scary' 4-line. There is an illusion that a Bow is safer, giving you the
false confidence to fly it in conditons you would not a 4-line. Good luck..and have fun,
but stay safe first.
j i m