Late to this thread but perhaps my $.02 will help.
I have been kiting over 10 years, and all over the world. Please don't learn on your own. This is considered an extreme sport for a reason. It is very dangerous, even sometimes for experienced kiters. 3 days of 2 hour lessons is the best place to start. Aside from the much better learning
curve and the much better safety
factor, the other plus is your instructor will help you figure out what equipment
It is addictive.
I have traveled around the world twice primarily for kiting. In the short term, I am still looking at visiting different locations for kiting.
Anyone want to learn? If you will provide me with a bunk, I'll come teach you.