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[*] posted on 4-17-2015 at 12:24 AM
Newbie @ Shoreline Park Mountain View


Hi forum,

I normally kite surf but as the Shoreline Kite Park in Mountain View is just around the corner I wanted to get into landboarding as well. Already got an older MBS board and am now looking for a kite.

I checked the average Windspeed at Shoreline and it's about 10 knots (I think don't wanna try out more then 20 knots on land)
After browsing the Peter Lynn, Ozone and HQ websites it looks like I would need a 8mē kite. This seems pretty big for me and as I haven't had the chance to actually talk to somebody kiting at Shoreline it would be great if you guys could help me with that.

As I want landboarding to be as close to kitesurfing as possible I would like to get a depower kite with bar and harness. I am about 80 kilograms.
What size do you recommend for a landboarding beginner?
Would be great if the size would also support some smaller jumps later on.

Is there also something like a conversion table of kite sizes between kiting on land (snow) and water?

Thanks ind advance for your help.

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[*] posted on 4-19-2015 at 07:05 PM


Nobody? What kind of sizes/brands/types of kites do you use for what wind conditions?

Would be really helpful to get some input before I end up buying the wrong stuff
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[*] posted on 4-19-2015 at 08:01 PM


The most common wisdoms are in this thread

http://www.powerkiteforum.com/viewthread.php?tid=28759

Of course your mileage may vary. Most of us started out with very similar questions. Jumping right into depower is a little out of my expertise but I think most would advise you to start smaller than you think you need and grow into a bigger kite keeping your "learner" kite for those higher wind days. Your experience with surf kites probsbly qualifies you to answer your question better than me. I predomonately fly fixed bridle kites but as depower goes, I've never heard anything but good things about a HQ Kite Apex




Lots of two line stuff including a 9 stack of HQ Boleros
HQ Symphony 2.2.4!
Skydog SDT 2.8
HQ Crossfire II 2.0, 3.0 & 4.0
HQ Toxic 8.0
Flexifoil Bullet 4.5
PL Hornet 2.0

Before you ask, What kite Should I buy?
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[*] posted on 4-19-2015 at 09:39 PM


As you already kitesurf, why not use your high-wind kites from that for on land?
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[*] posted on 4-20-2015 at 08:36 PM


Thanks for your answers so far.
A 12m Rebel might a little to much to start with on land. I might try it on snow because it's less risky to damage it.

I read the common wisdom thread already and with what you wrote I think I have to look into the Lynx or the Apex.
I definitely want a kite that is flown with a bar that goes to a harness and I couldn't find other beginner ones than the two I just mentioned.

But maybe I am totally wrong and you guys can tell me 3 or 4m fixed bridle kite that can be flown that way.
Thanks again for helping me out
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[*] posted on 4-20-2015 at 09:29 PM


As you're looking to stay depower, I'd definitely look for a used depower. No recommendations from me in terms of what. I will say as you fly LEIs already, you might find a cheap used one locally for you. 12m does sound large to start, can't say I expected that as a low wind kite.

Good Luck!
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