The 12m kites we have for our kite boards are uber powerful – like drag you across town in a heartbeat powerful – so it’s essential to learn how to control them properly in order to stay safe. Two ways to get proficient are professional instruction [we are working on this] and flying smaller trainer kites on land.
Kurt & I went for a 120km ride up in the mountains between Banff and Lake Louise Saturday. After some post ride beer and pizza we busted out a trainer kite for some practice. it’s amazing how hard such a small kite can pull. A couple times I was leaning back as hard as I could and was still dragged forward across the field. We are getting fairly good at controlling these small kites, but we’ve been told the next step is to get good at flying them with our eyes closed! Wow – I feel like Luke in the first Star Wars movie….or is that the 3rd Star Wars movie???…=-) This advice makes sense as you want to keep your eyes on where you are going when kite boarding not on your kite.
Even these small trainer kites generate a lot of useful power so we started to think some all terrain skateboards might be in order, but we are taking baby steps and we’ll stick with just the small kites for a while before adding a board. Hmmm…Burning Man + kites + landboards could be a lot of fun…=-)