Re: Body drag or board when learning?
>...........neither. FIRST: call your dealer and ask him what the total range for this kite and
> I went to the beach the other day in 20mph winds with my 12m kite
> (it's the smallest I have), and promptly got yanked about 50ft in the
> air off the beach. It scared the living hell out me, and I can't
> help but wonder what happened to all of those hours I spent training
> with my 1m kite. So I guess my question is this: should I spend more
> time just body dragging up and down the beach, or should I take my
> board out there with me?
your weight is. SECOND: divide by two, and do not - without an instructor - go out in
winds above the middle of your kite's range....board or no board. THIRD: get off land as
fast as you can. It's the most dangerous place for other's and ourselves..
Hell, bodydragging is like riding a 50cc moped while other's are on Ninja's, but you either
learn to tame the kite - or you get hurt.
>............either make friends with the alpha male, or move far out of the way.
> Also, is there a certain etiquette I should be following? (What I
> mean is, I don't want to ruin the beach for all the other
> kiteboarders by getting myself hurt and then having the local
> authorities crack down on kiteboarders).
...you'll make friends faster if: A) you don't endanger them ....B) civilains ....or Z) yourself.
Understand; If you get scared off or tree your kites - there's more launch space for them.
"Persistant Common Sense" is a quality you need to nourish - after decent lessons.
Nowwww - go play.
Just one more advice on the 8 and 20m kites :)
If you want to enlarge your windrange you should
instead get a larger / or smaller board. It'll be
cheaper / safer and will also give you better result!
Also if you're learning you should have a large board,
it'll be easier...
--- johnmitch1980 <johnmitch1980@...> skrev:
First, I'd like to say thanks to the people for their
concerning 8m and 20m kite purchases.
Now, I've got another question. I took a number of
summer from a very good kiteboard instructor, who gave
me lots of
good pointers. However, we only did about 1/2 an hour
dragging, and I only attempted to get up on the board
once or twice
with him. (Winds were a limiting factor during our
I went to the beach the other day in 20mph winds with
my 12m kite
(it's the smallest I have), and promptly got yanked
about 50ft in the
air off the beach. It scared the living hell out me,
and I can't
help but wonder what happened to all of those hours I
with my 1m kite. So I guess my question is this:
should I spend more
time just body dragging up and down the beach, or
should I take my
board out there with me?
Also, is there a certain etiquette I should be
following? (What I
mean is, I don't want to ruin the beach for all the
kiteboarders by getting myself hurt and then having
authorities crack down on kiteboarders).
If you are new to kitesurfing, please visit
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- I too flew trainers for hours and "trained" myself bodydragging for
days. Then in front of all my friends I took my 12 meter (I'm 150
lbs) out in 18-24 knot winds and it looped continuously and dragged
me at speed for a mile by my wrist strap. Luckily my board leash
broke immediately. The kicker was my depower safety did not
release. I figured if the kite pulled me under I was a gonner, so I
let it go. Kiters do take risks windsurfers don't even dream about.
I still go out in perfect conditions, but with only moderate, non-
gusty offshore winds in bays with nice barrier beaches all around,
with no traffic or objects of any kind. I may live to learn to stay
up, but not yet. David