Who here does kiteboarding?

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    Jun 12, 2012 10:01 PM GMT
    I am so addicted to this sport now. Anyone else on here do kiteboarding?

    I love the thrill of being pulled by the wind. The air rush is stimulating.

    Couldn't decide where to post this - closest thing I could think of to sailing.


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  • calibro

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    Jun 13, 2012 12:06 AM GMT
    your pictures look nothing like mine...

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    Jun 13, 2012 12:10 AM GMT
    Yes I do kitesurfing. It is an awesomeeeee sport. And yeah as you mentioned the sensation of being pulled by the wind has no comparison. My favorite part is jumping its amazing that you can go up by 10 and even 15 feet. By the way how is kitesurfing in San Diego? Can you do it all year long?
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    Jun 13, 2012 1:34 AM GMT
    I considered the sport down in Miami. I went to buy a board bag at a store that had all this kiteboarding equipment. It is a much better sport in Miami than surfing since the surf there sucks so royally. I asked the salesman of adventure sport Miami about the dangers and he played them down. Now I've done a bit of whitewater kayaking and have had two brushes with death in that sport and one with skiing so I'm not a nervous nelly. But I thought I would investigate the sport before investing in it. I found this website:

    http://www.kitemare.com/Kitemares.htm

    Ironically I read in the web page that the founder of Adventure Sport Miami (the very store where I was asking about kiteboarding) died in a kiteboarding accident. It is not so much death I worry about as being dismembered. Or just having my shoulders pulled out and not being able to paddle anymore.

    It is an even bigger sport where I live now in NC than it was in Florida. But I think I'll do wind surfing if I want to do a wind sport.
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    Jun 13, 2012 3:20 AM GMT
    calique saidYes I do kitesurfing. It is an awesomeeeee sport. And yeah as you mentioned the sensation of being pulled by the wind has no comparison. My favorite part is jumping its amazing that you can go up by 10 and even 15 feet. By the way how is kitesurfing in San Diego? Can you do it all year long?


    Wind here is too light! Its quite light compared to the trade winds in the gulf. I usually find that the best winds are during the early spring here. Its when the weather changes the most and it starts to warm up some.

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    Jun 13, 2012 3:22 AM GMT
    calibro saidyour pictures look nothing like mine...

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    lmao. love the umbrella. wish flying was really like that.
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    Jun 19, 2012 2:36 AM GMT
    I ave always wanted to try but dont think I would have the required upper body strength yet
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    Jun 20, 2012 4:38 PM GMT
    ozgreenguy saidI ave always wanted to try but dont think I would have the required upper body strength yet


    Dude, skinny girls and twinky boys do it. It's not like doing chin-ups. You are connected to the kite by a body harness. Your arms just work the control bar. It's actually more of a leg and core workout, cutting the board to go upwind.

    edit: sometimes you don't see the harness in pictures because some of them are sewn into baggy board shorts.
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    Jul 01, 2012 6:27 PM GMT
    how much does it cost to get into kiteboarding? I have a sailboat and that is certainly a great time but when i see the kiteboarders out there on the shore of lake michigan it looks like a blast too.
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    Jul 02, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    An entry-level setup could cost you $2 - $3K. Lessons would easily be that much more. Around here the instructors get more than $200 per session. And if the winds are really variable where you live, you'll end up buying more than one size of kite.

    There is always a lot of used equipment for sale, especially at the end of the season. But beware some of the "great deals" on eb and cl. There are lots of older-style kites that are harder to control and more dangerous that people sell for next to nothing. Probably not the best thing for a noob to buy.

    um... say, I could make you a great deal ...
  • allatonce

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    Jul 04, 2012 1:52 PM GMT
    I want to try this sport so much. Stupid never living in the same place and never living in places with beaches. Ruins all my fun.
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    Jul 04, 2012 1:58 PM GMT
    I'd love to try it as well, hopefully when I move down to LA
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    Jul 12, 2012 4:37 AM GMT
    Well, wannabe's, while you're waiting, the first step is to buy yourself a 1m or 2m trainer kite and learn to fly it really well. Like, with one hand, without looking at it. You can do this anywhere, for as little as $100 or so. Practice, practice.

    They're also good for games like mounting helmet-cams on them, or pulling yourself around on skates, even.
  • flyingkites

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    Jun 19, 2013 3:56 PM GMT
    I kite here in San Diego (Which isn't that great as its low wind), Mexico and Hawaii (Which is stellar)... I've met a few people who tell me they kite, only to find out later that they've done a lesson but don't even own equipment. GRRR.
  • westendvan1

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    Jun 21, 2013 1:19 AM GMT
    Hi guys,

    I took up kiteboarding last year and it's my favourite spring/summer/fall activity.

    There should be a kiteboarding race at the gay games!

    friendormate, it's relatively safe if you take lots of lessons and have good kite control and understanding of the safety systems. Same thing with sailing, skiing, snowboarding, scuba diving, and other S letter sports icon_razz.gif but it's not a cheap sport.

    My board, harness, and kite cost $1600 from Kite Paddle Surf in Bellingham WA. I've spent more money on lessons than on gear.

    But the rush you get from kiteboarding is better than anything else. Drop me a line guys if you're kiting in the Vancouver area!