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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You can't go wrong with one of the Prism Tensors. They can be switched between bar or handle control, and comes with everything you would need except maybe a stake. They come in 3 sizes, the 3.1 and the 4.2 would be good for training and higher wind kite boarding. The 5m Tensor would probably drag you on a board in less wind, but you'd still need ~10mph breeze. That really has a lot to do with what kind of surface you'll be boarding on... the harder the ground, the easier it is for the kite to pull you.
A good thing about learning to fly on four lines... you'll know how to fly a Rev when you get bored of getting your arms lengthened with the foils !
Good luck & have fun...
So I bought a reflex a few weeks ago and the handles that came with it are essentially 13" tubes with the leaders being all one piece strung through the tube (pic attached). There are only 2 knots on the top leader and only one on the bottom... Should I just buy new handles and leaders or can I just larks head additional leaders to get more adjustability? Are these handles even worth messing with?
Any insight or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Full day dedicated to learning our way around short line (30') quad line flying - focus on tuning, basic "holding patterns" to maintain flight with minimal effort, 360s, up and over, catch and throw, variable and no wind conditions.
Light / variable wind flying in urban environments IS possible without a great deal of effort after you've got a handle on the fundamentals - then you can fly anywhere, even your front yard or in a local courtyard - just think how much gas this will save you!
We only have space for FOUR students this time around, this is a one day semi-informal gathering at Overlook Park in Portland, OR... Registration is $100 per person, discounted to $75 for KiteLife subscribers.
Location - https://goo.gl/maps/NH7rr46qrDw
Video from the same location...
Students should come equipped with 30 foot lines - 50# Skybond is preferred, but 90#/100# or LPG is acceptable... You'll also do best with a STD 1.5 size Revolution kite equipped with 2 wrap, black race or diamond rods, it could also be useful to have mid-vent but it's very rarely needed.
These are TWO different workshops on different Saturdays, you are welcome to attend either one or both.
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