Posted 18 July 2009 - 06:51 AM
Using a trainer was really, really helpful in gaining confidence with the kite (knowing I could control it, launch and land, and not get blown out to sea!), and even when you move on to a full size kite for boarding, they are still a lot of fun. We use ours for body-drags around the lake, and for body surfing waves, when the conditions are good, or even for kiting on land with roller-blades or all-terrain boards.
Posted 13 May 2010 - 02:11 AM
Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:52 PM
When I first tried flying a Rev quad line from a Dual delta I could not work out how the handles needed using properly.
I bought myself a Sting, which I agree is a fantastic kite.
This allowed me to fly slower and to learn the basic quad line control. Once I had that down it was much easier to go back to the Rev and make it fly how I wanted it. (well sort of)
Incidentaly, I had a 3.6 Waterfoil, dragged me on my face across a VERY muddy field not much fun at the time, funny now though. Soon got rid of that, I will stick to my nice little kites if you dont mind.
Do enjoy watching the power fliers though, especialy on the water. I like to think that with age comes common sense. Actualy I think it is now that I am older it will take longer for broken bones to heal. (OK I am a bit scared too )
Posted 17 May 2010 - 03:57 AM
In the Midwest (USA) it's hard to find enough room for power kites and buggies ... thus, only one kite flier in IKE with a power kite/buggy setup. It only gets out about once a year and looks like more work than fun. And on water, well they seem to get lost in with the sailboats. Plus, if I'm on a beach then the Revs are out! So, power kites have never drawn my interest. However, last winter by brother-in-law and I watched three power kite users out on the ice with six inches or so of powder. That looked like a real blast. Lots of open space, lots of clothing (padding), rooster tails of powder, and an off-season use for kites.
... Do enjoy watching the power fliers though, especialy on the water. ...
Posted 01 March 2011 - 03:12 AM
I think this makes sens to train with a trainer, as to learn how to pilot without enough wind :
tired windsurfer beginner, the proof : http://tinyurl.com/ntjgxn
so working in R&D for at least an auto-steering power kite : http://www.nauticaerium.com
Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:06 AM
I like to think that with age comes common sense. Actualy I think it is now that I am older it will take longer for broken bones to heal. (OK I am a bit scared too )
I ordered a symphony 2.2 trainer but i doubt ill go bigger. I was hesitant at first, but for the price, 100 or so buck for a foil strong enough to pull me across grass in gusts, would be more than sufficient to satisfy my desire for a stronger pull, but nothing to pick me up. I too like in the midwest USA (Misouri) and there isnt smooth wind here. Mainly the reason for justifing the expense of getting a zen to put in my bag (along with a Pro B Std, HQ bolero2, GFAK Hurricane 84", and symphony 1.3)
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 02:09 PM
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