jensmadwind wrote:best newbie post ever
Sounds like you took that experience for everything it was worth. Those struggles,successes, and realizations are the building blocks of safe and competent kiting. Welcome to Kiteboarding!!
No kidding. Big thumbs up. We've all been there....it only gets better buddy
thanks... ended up going to Miller on Friday after work and got in an hour or two of kiting. It was perfect side-on shore 12knt winds and I was able to make a couple of 300-500yard runs down the beach. Still having an issue getting going, trying to get past that "slogging" while trying to build up speed... I know what I gotta do, but still just trying to get comfortable putting the pieces together. Waves were still 2-4 feet from the previous days and making things more interesting.
I did try some new things though... used sand to bend over the kite on the edge of the window and pulled the lines to dump sand and launch. worked really well actually on the first try, as I had been using an anchor to launch. Also tried a faster tuning on the waroo to help sine the kite a little quicker to get me going.. all in all a good day on my own getting things going a little better. Finally I tried using my landing (center) lines to land the kite and that worked really well too, and was less of a mess than using a safety release and sending the bar up the line.
Couple more sessions and hopefully will be on my way!