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Showing posts with label learn the basics of kiteboarding. Show all posts
Showing posts with label learn the basics of kiteboarding. Show all posts

Kiteboarding in Hood River, Oregon - Tips For Beginners

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Kiteboarding lessons in Hood River, Oregon

Hood River has long been known as the kiteboarding & windsurfing capital of the world, and one of the most consistently windy spots in Pacific Northwest ( maybe in the country ! ) in the summer.

In this blog post, I want to share my personal experiences, and tips for beginner kiteboarders who're planning to kite the Gorge.

Even though, under the right weather conditions, Hood River could be an amazing spot for kiters of all levels, rapidly changing conditions in the Gorge make it challenging and dangerous even for experienced riders !

Weather you're just thinking about giving kiteboarding a try, or have taken a lesson or two, by sharing my personal experiences, and tips, I hope you will be safe, will have fun, you will learn something new, and your trip to Hood River will be an amazing lifelong memory !

How To Fly A Trainer Kite

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To learn the basics of flying kites for kite boarding you don't have to be on or near the water. When starting, 80% of the skills required to kiteboard are in controlling the kite. You need to learn to control your power source (the kite) before you can learn to ride the board successfully
The first step is to become proficient in flying a trainer kite.

I bought my first trainer kite from Craigslist for $50 before I even knew what a trainer kite was. Lucky fro me, I happened to buy one of the best trainer kites out there - Slingshot B3.

Trainer kites come in three types: 2/3/4 lines. Typically the smaller kites come with just 2 lines and the more powerful kites (over 3m) come with 3 or 4 lines. In terms of flying, a 2-line kite flies just as well as a 3 or 4-line. The benefit of a 2-line kite is that the lines never really get tangled, where the benefit of a 3 or 4-line kite is the ability to relaunch the kite after it crashes. To relaunch a 2-line kite you'll need to walk back to the kite and put it in the correct position ( very important ! ).

My Slingshot B3 was a breeze to learn to fly and control. I am happy I didn't waste $100 for a land/ground course. It took me literally less than an hour "to master" flying this kite.