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Hello everyone,

I'm new to the sport, just working on logging hours with the trainer kite at this point. In the spring im planning on getting the water stuff down. Where are some good places to in NH? IS there any good spots to ride around Plumb Island? Basically anything north of Plumb Is is where I am looking to ride.

Also I have been reading as much as I can about kites. Any suggestions on brand and model of kite to buy as a beginner? Someone suggested the 2012 Cabrinha Switchblade. I looks like it might be a good all around but I read on one review its upwind performance is not so great. How important is this for a beginner?

Any suggestions on brand and model of kite for a beginner would be appreciated.


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Welcome to the forum / addiction. Its a great sport and we have a great community. I do not know too much about spots north of Boston, e.g. Plum Island but I am sure you will get feedback on that query. As for kites, the Cabrinha Switchblades are fine and actually pretty good at going upwind. I don't own one but have rented prior model year Switchblades (2009 and 2011). It is such a big seller for Cabrinha, I doubt they would change them too much for 2012.
Don't be in a hurry to buy a kite ( i know its hard ) until you have had a couple of on the water lessons.
Two reasons for this (1) its helpful to get the help of your instructor in getting checked out on your own kite and (2) pretty good odds that your instructor can get you a deal on your first kite.

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  • Eric Fernandez

    Hey man,

    Welcome glad you found the community. There are some good spots on the north shore and in NH. I personally have only kited seabrook up there but I know there are others. Rodrigo lives up in that area and he can give you more local info his handle on the forum is El Gato. Also Jay the Joker is another greater kiter who lives up there.

    In terms of a kite to purchase I would strongly wait till taking lessons and getting more of a feel for it. Every kite is different, most are great, but they are all different. I know thats frustrating because if you are like most of us when we got started all you can do is read up on gear and cant wait for anything more than getting your first kite. But as they are not inexpensive and its easy to get talked into a kite that might not be right for you. Keep working on the trainer kite, look into lessons for the spring. Hopefully whoever teaches you uses a couple of different brands so you can get some exposure to different types of kites and start to make a more educated guess.

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  • scape112

    Thanks for the info so far. I am not planning on buying any gear until after I do the water lessons in the spring. I want to learn all the body dragging and all that and hopefully get up and ride on the board a little before I go buy everything. I wakeboard,waterski,wakeskate, now and have grown up on te water around boats all my life. So I think once I learn all the kite skills the rest will fall into place. I'm just trying to do my research now so that when I times comes to get gear I know what to get.

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  • chlemaire

    Welcome to this great community!
    8 months ago, I was in your shoes. I bought an 11m 2011 Switchblade pretty early on. It's a good, versatile kite, very stable. It is a good beginner kite and you will be able to progress on it as well. But there are so many other good kites out there that it is difficult to decide. New model year kites are way overpriced in my opinion, so if I were you, I would look for a new 2011 or even 2010 kite.
    You also need to think in terms of building the right quiver over time, with the right kite sizes. Ultimately, you will want 2 or 3 kites to cover all the wind range for your weight, skill level and board types. So choosing the right size at the beginning is quite important. Spring is usually windy, but Summer gets a lot of low wind days. If you want to ride next Summer, you will want a bigger kite, or door-type board, or both.
    You are wise to wait before buying. Do the research, talk to people, demo kites if you can, before making decisions on brand, models, sizes.

    By the way, I live 20 min from Plum Island. Have never kited anywhere north of Wingaersheek Beach, but I may venture North in the future. Browse the site for some recent discussion forum on the topic of finding new spots on the North Shore.

    Good luck and hope to see you on the water!

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  • Jumpinjoe

    I'm in the same boat as you...took lessons this month in mexico and can't wait to hit the water. I am from Windham and boat out of Newburyport but will go anywhere there is wind.

    I picked up some gear I know I'll need regardless of my ability and made sure it was good stuff (mystic harness, amp wetsuit and just purchased a cabrinha prodigy board to learn on) plus I picked up a couple of old C kites I plan to trash while snowkiting this winter and learning to kiteboard this spring. Hopefully by the time late spring rolls around I'll know which (good) kites I should invest in.

    Let me know when and where you plan to do your early riding and maybe we can help one another out.


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  • scape112

    Sounds good Joe,

    I live in Atkinson so very close by. I travel alot down to the caribbean for work so I will be getting plenty of practice with the trainer kite. I may even take a couple water lessons as it gets closer to spring.

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  • Jay Oczkowski

    Hi there, I live in Seabrook. I've been kiting there for 10 years. In the off season you can kite anywhere except plum island. In the summer Seabrook is the only spot to kite. It's pretty good bit the beaches get crowded and we have to yield to the beach goers and not ride or launch less than 100 ft from them. It's an ok place to learn sometimes the waves can frustrate you. Until you learn how to kite stay away from the harbor by the bridge. It's the worst place to learn and not beginner friendly. Small launch area, very strong currents, buoys, and crazy boat traffic. We had 5 rescues this season alone from people getting sucked under the bridge from the current. If you have any more questions you can call me anytime, we can talk about gear or anything. I'll be kiting tomorrow at the bridge by the Seabrook Hampton line around 11 or 12ish. Stop by if you wish. 6037650263
    Also in my experience I would by used kites for your first one, I made the mistake of buying new my first time and i murdered my first kite. Not a piece of shit though just something like 2 years old

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  • Jumpinjoe

    [quote=Dunoyer]Is the entire Plum Island a no kite zone?[/quote]

    We've got to see what we can do about this because as it stands (to my knowledge) it is a no kite zone. But you can take your 4x4 on the beach in Sept/Oct and sleep over if you'd like....

    I sent Jay a note last night to see who we need to Lobby about getting this changed.

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  • scape112

    Thanks for all the info Jay. I will def prob give you a call sometime to get some more info on gear and specific areas to ride.

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  • Guillaume Dougados

    The others are right, wait a bit until you had your lessons before buying. It's a big commitment both in time and money but so much fun as well.

    Lots of recommendations for Cabrinha, I have one too (the Crossbow). They are excellent kites but I would not buy one again as a beginner. Since I ride the Liquid Force Envy I like them much better and here's why:

    - much more depower and trim. The depower is huge compare to the Cab, which when at the high end of the wind speed are really hard to handle.

    - way less bar pressure. The bar pressure on by Crossbow 13 is insane. After an hour or two I can't hold it anymore, that's not good for beginners.

    - the Switchblade turns faster than the Crossbow but the Envy is even better (I tested the Switchblade 8 and 16 before), yet forgiving like the Cab.

    - Relaunch is super easy even in light wind.

    - Only 2 pulley. Pulley get stuck with sand all the time are not fun to clean. I'm not sure about the Switchblade but the Crossbow has 6.

    Of course you will get more advice for guys riding other kites, lots of Best, Ozone and Slingshot within the community, I have not seen anyone else yet riding the LF Envy at Masskiting but I like them a lot. Plus they are way cheaper than Cabrinha and it's not for being poorly constructed. I crashed my 9 on rocks ones at Chapin and it survived.

    Get a large board too, I learned that from riders here when I got started (Frank), it's way easier to learn with a large board. There are many, the Door like Chris said, I have the Ocean Rodeo Mako king (165X40) and love it, especially when there are waves but the Door is even bigger.

    see you on the water soon maybe

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