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  • Kite Power (Sydney)
    Jun 11, 2003
      Hi Bob
      I'm not as wise (read "old") as you mate, but I'm still 48 and love to kite when I can. The main thing to focus on is KITE CONTROL, and that is only aquired by flying them.
      Get a trainer kite before you take the lesson, you will get much better value for a lesson if you are already very familiar with the control of a 2 line foil type or framed stunt kite, foils about 1.5 to 2.0M kites are best, set up to fly on a bar.
      Ozone Imp, or Little Devil 1.5M, Flexifoil 1.5 or 2.5 Bullets (awesome kites), are some of the best flying trainer kites.
      Do lots of body dragging before attempting to ride a board, make sure you know 100% how to re-launch your kite, before you try the board. Wear an impact vest and helmet at all times while learning, and preferably all the time anyway.
      Always use a sliding bar type leash on a 4 lined kite.
      Never go out alone, or without an observer on the beach.
      If you have any lower back pain or old injurys, always use a seat harness designed for kiteboarding.
      Get advice from people that actually kite, and preferably from people closer to your age, like me! :-)
      Have fun, but always have plan B worked out before you launch any large kite.
      Cya and
      Goodwinds
      Steve McCormack
      http://www.kitepower.com.au

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: chandler@...
      To: ksurfschool@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2003 2:04 AM
      Subject: [ksurfschool] Re: Newbie


      I have enjoyed and learned from all the information from
      these posts and have decided to take lessons and see for
      myself. I have been windsurfing for about 20 years and I
      am in good shape for my age (60). I would appreciate any
      comments from anyone with experience or exposure to someone
      my age taking up the sport and any precautions that may
      be advised.
      Bob Beach
      ccbeach5280

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