Re: [ksurfschool] Introduction
- Thank you VERY much for your reply. As I have said, I am in the investigative
stage and will no doubt enjoy having a few friends in which I may be able to
"bounce" ideas from...
I apreciate your candor...
> Welcome to the group! Yes, kite surfing is an amazing sport. You should
> know up front that it will not be an inexpensive sport. You will want
> several kites and a good board in order to be able to kite surf in a wide
> range of conditions. There are people that get along with less expensive
> foil kites, but they live in coastal areas with nice steady winds. I tried
> foils, but I found for kite surfing in Utah's gusty southern winds that a 4
> line inflatible was a must. I imagine Phoenix has similar conditions to Utah.
> It sounds like you are an adrenaline junkie like the rest of us. I would be
> happy to answer your questions.
> I started kite surfing in February. I live in Salt Lake City so it was
> brutal at first. I have had the opportunity to try a lot of equipment and I
> can give you a good idea of what you will need to get going.
> Lessons aren't cheap, but they are worthwhile. Before blowing them off
> completely, I suggest calling a couple kitesurfing schools in CA. Usually,
> the posted Internet prices are pretty steep. You can probably work a better
> deal. A 3 day course is ideal. However, a one day course on safety is very
> worthwhile. A wrecked kite or even worse, injuries can cost a lot more than
> the lesson. I tried the self taught method, but after a few months I went to
> Hawaii and took some lessons. I learned how to fly the kite safely to
> protect myself and others. Some of my initial experiences were very scary, I
> was lucky to come through unscathed. However, if you read the archives for
> this egroup you will see that a lot of people were hurt doing stupid things.
> Bottom line: learn the safety procedures before going out and flying the kite.
> If you prefer to still go it alone, buy the video "Kiteboarding: How to Rip"
> by Ken Winner and purchase the on-line K.I.S.S. manual. Both teach safety
> and beginning techniques. You may also be able to find someone nearby that
> is willing to show you the ropes.
> So fire away with your questions. That is the purpose of this egroup.
> << Hello group,
> My name is adam trahan and I live in Phoenix Arizona.
> I am in the investigation phase of my kite surfing adventure. There is
> no one in my area that is available (that I have knowledge of) who may
> be of assistance to me in my teachings so I am to "teach myself" That
> of which I am no stranger to the "self taught" school.
> My experiences are as follows:
> Skateboarding since I was 5 (I am 39)
> Surfing since I was 17 (Baja, Southern California and 3 years living on
> the N.Shore of O'ahu)
> Canal Surfing since I was 17 (Hey, I live in a desert)
> Hang/Para Gliding and occasional Sailplane off and on since I was 18.
> Wintersticking since I was 18.
> Flying two line kites off and on for ? years.
> I am 39 years old.
> I make a popular fly fishing interzine and I have "mellowed" in my
> pursuit of speed, boards and soaring, ignoring kite surfing as much as I
> could until now. Recently, I stopped hang gliding because of it's
> inherent danger (too many deaths of good friends and my two lovely
> little boys need a father more than I need to continue to fly in radical
> super-adibiatic conditions) I took up fishing a little more seriously.
> Salt water fly fishing is cool, I am having a lot of fun with it and
> will continue for the rest of my life, but I need a little more juice...
> Soaring a foot launched wing at cloudbase many miles from where I
> launched, flying cross country really put a dampener on surfing (any
> element land | sea | air) When I retired my wing, I lost interest in
> the adrenaline for a little while. After enjoying the relaxation and
> successes of my fly fishing and my sabatical from wing and board sports,
> I miss having regular speed experiences sans combustion. I am back
> searching and this time I have a renewed interest much like when I
> figured out how to tube ride, thermal, ride chutes, and skate huge
> desert pipes.
> Enter kite surfing.
> I am primed for it. I do realize that I don't "know" the sport, there
> is a learning curve but it is within my knowledge base on all accounts.
> After researching the price of lessons, I have decided to simply
> purchase my own equipment and teach myself.
> I have found the above web to be an AWESOME source of information to me
> since I am "in this by myself" at this point in time. I am open for any
> suggestions, conversation, and or a new friend who would like to
> "oversee" my progress as I go through this "solo".
> Looking at the San Diego related messages, I can see that they are
> experiencing some "growing pains" and legality problems in crowded
> water. It is my intent to use the larger lakes in central Arizona
> utilizing diurnal wind and local conditions as well as our southwesterly
> flow. In the event that this works, I won't have to travel so far as my
> lovely Gulf of California (Puerto Penasco) which has awesome wind!
> Here are some links of mine for your inspection of my experiences.
> Soaring Profile of me:
> Surfing: http://www.swlink.net/~hangwind/Surfer.html
> And my fly fishing stuff: http://www.smallstreams.com
> If you would like to "help me" then I would be happy with this. I have
> not received any messages from the list as of yet so I do not have the
> "feel" of the group. Normally, I am not so long winded but in my
> experience this is how to "make friends" in this electronic element.
> The attached picture is above Waimanalo, Kailua is in the background.
> It is here that I learned to ridge soar, particularly the Pali and
> In a blatant move, I see kite surfing as THE sport. Taking off from the
> flat, jumping into the lift band and ridge line soaring distances,
> perhaps even dynamic soaring will come with time. I envision this as I
> am sure that others have already done. For me, simple kite control is
> paramount at this time.
> I look forward to maybe meeting some of you one day, but for now, I have
> a quest to learn the basics and progress.
> Have a great day,
> adam >>