Kite surfing (or kiteboarding) is actually a bit of a complex process. It’s not like you see on cartoons on TV, where a crudely-drawn character lets their kite go up in the air and simply stands smiling whilst it dances around in the wind. Kite surfing requires patience, a willingness to learn and a great deal of skill to do it right. Indeed, to get going, you’re going to need a kite surfing training kite. These high-flying bad boys are the best way to learn how to fly a kite. But What The Deal Yo with kite surfing training kites? Which one is the best? Here’s a quick guide to help you out.
First thing’s first, you’re going to have to take note of four main factors when you purchase your very first kite surfing training kite. These are:
- How windy the conditions are.
- How big you are (height and weight).
- What your ambitions are.
- How skilled you might be.
Let’s work our way through in order and talk about wind first. If you live in a typically windy area, you’ll need to factor this into your decision when making a purchase. High winds will not be suitable for a beginner attempting to fly a big kite. In fact, even a pro might have difficulty doing so. For windy areas, say more than 15-20mph, you’re going to need to buy a small kite – 1.4/5/6/7 metres squared. If there’s less wind, a bigger kite might be more suitable.
You also need to be honest with yourself when it comes to kite surfing and factor in how big you are. If you’re on the smaller side, you probably won’t have the strength required to adequately fly a more complex model with a bigger surface area, so you should opt for a smaller design at a lower price. Let’s face it, you’re probably going to crash it a lot in the first few attempts, and you don’t want to be simply throwing your money away on expensive models and kite repairs if that’s the case.
And what exactly are you going to be doing with your trainer kite? Skating on ice? Surfing on water? Sliding through snow? Simply standing there? Different kites are built for different purposes, so don’t be suckered in by design styles and colours you like. Go for one that actually suits your purpose and will help you achieve what you want to achieve. Many product descriptions of trainer kites online will have an ideal function mentioned, and if you’re buying one in person you can simply ask a member of staff in the shop to lend you a hand.
Lastly, big kites in moderate winds require an enormous amount of skill to control, so starting off smaller is always best if you’re a beginner. If you’re a little more advanced, by all means give a bigger kite a try. Just don’t be afraid to swap it for a smaller one if you’re having extreme difficulty from the offset.
Consider these four main factors and your kite-flying days should be a breeze!