ditto on the above 2 comments. Speak with a kite teacher, try borrow a DVD
and study it on the safety
, setup, basics etc. I did and it saved a lot of time on the water.
DONT BUY USED GEAR ON EBAY AND TEACH YOURSELF!
Trust us, any kiter has seen that guy on the beach, had a chat to him, tried to talk him out of flying it before a lesson and called the ambulance for him when he didn't listen.
Lessons are probably $70 an hr and you might get away with 2 lessons. Most kite shops knock the lesson price
off the gear you buy from them.
Kites are like sails
so weight and wind
dependent. Im 65kg and only use a 6m kite now, it does me from 15k to 35k on a surfboard and either side of that range I don't want to kite anyway. Get a kite that suits your local conditions and your weight first. If its regularly over 15k and you are 90kg, probably around 12m for a twin tip board. The instructor will point you in the right direction there. Try not to make the mistake of buying
a big ass kite because you love it and want to kite as soon as the wind gets to 10k. After a while it gets boring mowing the lawn on a big kite and you will wait till the wind fills in.
2m 2 line foil kites are good for getting the basics and fun for skateboarding with as well.
and the learning curve is a LOT of fun! Its great fun getting the basics, in and out, getting the gybes right, learning some tricks like switchfoot and jumping etc. Its really addictive. For a lot of people its all they want to do for the first few years.
For me kiting combines all the best aspects of some of my favourite sports.
Sailing - its like being out on trapeze and flying a hull
Snowboarding - you can really carve the water and its very similar in a lot of ways
Wakeboarding - very similar except landings are a lot less painfull with a kite and jumps can go on forever...well for 10-15 seconds anyway.
Surfing - A lot like surfing but not. I dont ride twin tips anymore and just use a normal surfboard when I kite. I usually use it in waves when the wind is from the right direction and primarily use it to be towed to the lineup and try to surf the waves as naturally as possible. Its not the same as surfing but its a lot of fun. Still theres nothing like actually paddling into a wave
This site should have some good info and prices, and the kites are good. I think you can only buy them online.
Ben Wilson Surf