first question is ... what is your average wind speed of where you flying your kite ?
I understand that you looking into kite boarding on the water, instead of inland, correct ?
Well, this is my inland power kiting experience and what I know ... I weight just a tad more than you, 46.5 years old here and profound deaf (hard of hearing) ... Just started flying quad lines in March 2015
I believe that 4 lines 2 handles is much safer than doing 4 lines into 3 lines control/turbo bar, because if you panic and not knowing how to control it ... then you will more likely to pull the bar down harder to hold on tightly which will pull you harder or get lifted ... but it may never happens on 2m, but 5m for first timer ? You can decide and put safety first.
My Uncle's close friend bought 7.2m with control/turbo bar for the first time ... just starting off ... kite is going crazy and he tried to hold by pulling the bar and hurt his back badly.
oZone 3m, 4 lines, 2 handles is what I started off and turned out too easy after in couple months and I can control that kite up to 24 mph wind which I did tested it myself to see if I can control my kite ... it was very rough, really rough (laughing)
I fly several quad lines kite inland and ride a couple of homemade buggy (wooden style & bike style)
For the last 6 month or so ... I got Rhombus 7.2m, 4 lines, 2 handles and it's amazing at 6 mph light wind while standing/pulling, but at 12 mph is very easy to jump and riding a buggy at 12 - 17 mph is like flying 3m power kite because the buggy is in motion.
Flying 7.2m on 114 feet lines will have much more pulling (kinda like g-force) than on 75 feet lines ...
I helped my other Uncle to get his first power kite, Flexifoil 3.5m (quad lines, 2 handles) is very awesome at 10 mph, but it will pull board/buggy better at 12 mph or more.
what RobB, kevmort & Mikelp3586 said is very good to start off with ... I believe you can start of at 3m, maybe not 5m in a high wind like 12 mph for that size, it's very strong if you are not riding on board or buggy ... but you can always ask someone who has one and see if you can handling it good before you buy the kite the one you looking for.
the best lesson is learn how to control the power kite which is your BRAKES ... learn how to use BRAKES a lot like a good habit and don't let the kite control you ... then you will know what to do next when the kite have gone crazy
at last, safety first ... then may the fun begins ... wish you the best.
I fly a 4m Peter Lynn hornet, it's been an amazing kite! It's a quad so if you haven't flown a 4 line it will get some getting used to but is so much more maneuverable than a 3 line. Look into it has all the power you want to do what your talking about down the road. As was stated above being comfortable with just flying will be your first agenda IMO. Good luck!
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I don't think you need to toss them, but making add-ons will help the adjust ability. You only need top add-ons, the bottoms are fine. Saw some this last weekend and could see that they needed more on the tops. But that is the way Rev sets them up, we modify afterwards. Just make sure you make both sides as close to the same as possible!!
Ok firstly I live in the uk and I kite buggy and surf you mention the HQ range and I would recommend them I started on a Beamer 2 meter and now have a full quiver of beamers from 2 meter to five meter I found this for you in the us ( I take it that's where you are ? ) there easy to fly and your have lots of fun
First stage is start small and not to over power your self and to get used to the controls of the kite and how it acts in the wind window if your not shore on the wind window look it up and learn it , now it may seam a little bit of a long trip to take but before you even think of getting on a board or in a buggy you need to learn to fly the kite and know where it is without looking lots of finger of 8's keeping the kite high to avoid unwanted power and the embarrassment of doing a superman ! , when learning never go on your own !! There is plenty of videos on you tube to help but that's nothing compared to finding someone local to you that can help and lead you
HQ do do a video on YouTube about flying the Beamer I think they show you flying a 2 meter but there all the same here is a link it's an old video but still the same setup
Others on here may have a better idea of kite ideas for you as the kites available in the us will be a lot different to here in the uk
Hope this helps and happy flying
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