Re: [ksurfschool] Body drag or board when learning?
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).
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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