- Aug 21, 2003I just returned from Kauai and saw this sport in its purest form for
the first time.
Mind you I have seen people here in the Bay Area (S.F.) participating
looks fantastic. I want to learn this and become good at it. Here is
and what I would like is advice on how to begin this persuit:
First of all I am 54 years old. 6'1" and 220 lbs. I am not a physical
but I am also not a couch potatoe. I fly kites (on the land). I have
kites that include 2 and 4 line stunt kites, parafoils and even a
favorite). So I know the kite flying skills well. I have not tried
any 'traction' kites
but my parafoils are almost identical. When I was young I was an
waterskier. I have never been very good at surfing but given the
conditions I can have fun.
So I live in the SF Bay Area where there is lots of sailboarding and
mentioned I see kiteboarders too. What recommendations can you all
on getting started in this sport? Is there a school here or ? I
taught myself river
kayaking from books and visualization ( blew my instructors mind that
able to complete my roll the first time). I also would like to
equipment. I don't stay in the learning to take baby steps role for
very long but
I also don't need the latest Ferrari either. So I would like to find
a set of
equipment that will allow me to learn but to also serve a fast
learning curve in
skill development. Used or new? Is the equipment aging or ? I
seeing sailboarding take off. The first boards were like tanks
todays boards. If I buy used equipment how far back in time can you
without being caught driving the latest Edsel?
So to review:
1. Learning process.
3. Am I kidding myself at my age?
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