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Author Topic: "Newbie" requesting lots of advice!!!  (Read 118 times)
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« on: Yesterday at 03:15 PM »

I have lots of questions, but, let me simplify things. I am happily retired in Placencia Village in Belize, Central America. As I write this post I am staring at the Caribbean and the palm trees waving in the trade winds that blow onshore. I certainly don't have a "lack of wind" problem here. There is lots of beach area to fly in.
A friend here has a Prism Jazz that he has been playing with, and I have flown a couple times. It was a blast and now he has given me the "kite flying bug". I thought that something in that that class would be all I need, to waste some valuable beach time up!
Then another buddy dropped by the other day with a Slingshot air foil (2 meter size). Now, after some reasearch, I realize that is a trainer kite for wind surfing. No, I have no intention of windsurfing. But, that being said, that kite was a lot of fun, too. I see there are some slightly smaller ones available. Like the Prism Snapshot's for example.
I can see the advantage of a foil in that there is no structure to break as I "gently" crash into the sand, but, is a foil going to keep me happy??? I certainly can see me trying to do tricks, but, can you do them with a foil?? I believe, you need a proper stunt kite, with a stucture, correct??
I guess the bottom line is, what would be the best starter kite for me??? Wind, no problem. Area, no problem. I just wanna get the "best bang for my buck". What do you suggest as a capable starter kite, that will be durable (I'm gonna be crashing a lot, as I learn), that I can grow with (like I said, I would love to learn some tricks after I learn the basics) and, of course, I have to be budget minded (I am retired and still need to squeeze fishing and scuba into my budget). I'm sure I have just touched the "tip of the iceberg"
Thanks in advance
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« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 04:03 PM »

Despite what some have claimed in the past....

There is no 1 kite that will keep you happy in all conditions.

Welcome to the Forum by the way.

Your questions call for our questions.

Can you fly a sport kite without crashing?
What wind range are you looking for?
How much pull do want to have?
Do you want a quiet or noisy sport kite?
Have you tried flying a 4 line foil?
Are there any other kiters who live near you?

Again, welcome.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 04:10 PM »

You are going to get lots of recommendations and opinions - one per forum member.  Wink 

There is no 'one' best kite but many good ones that will work fine within normal wind conditions. I usually recommend the Premier Widow as a good all around quality sport kite you will likely wear out long before you outgrow its abilities. Available from Kites & Fun Things mail order.

Read through all the threads in this section of the forum.  You will learn much that will help you get started.
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« Reply #3 on: Today at 04:15 AM »

I agree 100% with Steve. The Widow would be a great kite to start with. The Prism kites seem to be just a tiny step below the Widow. I've flown the Jazz and Quantum and they seemed a little heavy on the lines and less responsive for tricking. I have a Widow Maker and, for me, it's almost a perfect all around the kite (but it's more expensive). Sky Burner is great to deal with and they make real nice kites.

If your wind speed at the beach is more than 8-10 MPH tricking can be a  bit of a challenge. The best time to learn tricking is when the wind is light enough on the back of your neck to get the kite in the air and keep it there. Don't be disappointed if the wind is really blowing and you're having trouble learning your first trick (like an axel.) Just buy one good quality entry level kite and have fun with it.

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« Reply #4 on: Today at 05:47 AM »

Doesn't matter what you have as your first kite. If the "bug" bites you hard, you will soon have a kite for every situation and purpose. If not, then your first will keep you happy.

Foils are fun, but no tricks. Dual-line deltas like the Widow will allow you to do more than just cruise around, if you want to. Quad-line kites, like a Revolution, allow precise control including reverse flight, but are difficult to learn.

Google some videos of each kind to see what they are capable of, and choose whatever moves you.


"'s a fair wind blowin' warm, out of the south over my shoulder, guess I'll set a course and go." CSN&Y
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