Hi all, long time lurker, long time flyer
Been a while since I last posted but I keep an eye on you all
Starting on the flying journey doesn't have to require a 'one brand solution' as there's a few decent manufactures (Dodd for instance) of kites out there that offer a few kites for under $100 (BTW the Prism Jazz for instance is only $50 odd and can fly at least).
The AKA could have a 'Getting started' page, with some good 'web search optimization' could at least turn up on the first page of google searches. With a set up similar to Prisms effort with good animations to help the beginners get over the first hump, throw in a few links to some good basic how to vids and maybe a few vids of what a basic starter kite can do in the hands of an accomplished flyer.
Both here and at the AKA site there is no 'obvious' starting point to a first timer putting a kite in the air successfully, just saying..
You know, something to inspire some of the next generation (or the next next for some of us ) to have a crack.
Maybe even this forum could help out a little by having a 'This is a great way to start' list of kites and training vids and make it a sticky in 'Beginners Corner', rather than yet another thread on 'whats the best custom/boutique this or that' thread.
Just stoking the fire