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Looking for help with a trainer
Hey I'm new around here and just introduced myself over in the intro section. I'm a big snowboarder and used to wakeboard when I lived in Florida. I'm interested in getting started with kiteboarding. I figure with my great board skills if I just get some kite time down I should be good to go after a lesson or two. I was wondering if someone could point me in the direction of a good trainer kite? I live in Connecticut around the New Haven area and weigh about 165 lbs. I would like to spend under $150 on this. Does anyone here have a trainer they would like to sell? Any other help and info you feel like providing is greatly appreciated.
If nobody has a used one and are looking for a basic trainer we carry the Rush Pro V. It's reverse launchable, tough as nails and bar equipped. Start price is $205 shipped and RTF to your door. It's a great trainer but can also be used for actual riding in high wind on snow or moderate winds on ice and pavement with a long board.
If you are looking for something more basic we have others as well.
or...I have a bunch of IKON/ OZONE trainers that I will be selling at the kitefreeordie event for $150 and under....
the sizes range from 2m, 2.3, 3.5 etc.
feel free to call for any questions to be answered
Zeb, are these used kites for sale you are talking about? I am looking to get a 2.5-3 m^2 trainer kite that I can also use to snow kite in stronger winds
I am likely to be down in CT in the next 2 weeks if you are not able to get up north,
I will be teaching snowkite lessons for some student at UCONN.
I have family in Harwinton, CT. I would be glad to meet up with you and gove you a 1-2 hour lesson and bring a kite to boot as a nice package to get you going, this way you can try whatever kite you wish before you buy anything.
Sound good? let me know
My advice is to get a lesson from Crabnebula on kite flying skills. Then practice with that trainer alot. You will get bored eventually, but fly the piss out of it. Fly it until you can pretty much fly it without having to look at it, while talking to someone standing next to you. Then when you get into the water with the board and the bigger kites you will be that much ahead of the curve.
This is what I did and it really helped me alot. I have been into wake boarding, waterskiing, wakeskating, sailing ext. for a long time and getting the kite skills down was huge. It was only a month or two after my first water lesson that I was staying upwind and riding upwind. I really believe it alot had to do with all the practice with the trainer. Good luck
I agree with scape! I would practice flying it with my eyes closed. It goes a long way in helping you progress. I still enjoy using it and practice going through the motion of learning new techniques.
Fly it to the point that you can be having a conversation with someone and still know where the kite is will be huge when you actually are on the water.
Yes on used kites, but i have New kites as well