How to Kiteboard #1 - Trainer Kite
Buy and Fly a Training Kite Before the Lesson!
Jupiter Kiteboarding strongly encourages the use of a trainer kite, a smaller kite similar to the inflatable kites used on the water for kiteboarding, to help learn the basics of flying a kite. These kites and training packages are available for purchase at Jupiter Kiteboarding and should be flown and mastered prior to taking a lesson. The purpose of the trainer kite is to allow the student to become familiar with the kite's power and steering capabilities. Trainer kites come with an instructional DVD and are designed for people who have never flown a power kite before.
At Jupiter Kiteboarding we sell a variety of Slingshot trainer kites, which are excellent practice kites for all ages. The Slingshot B2 (2m) is a two line foil kite perfect for kids 8-12 years old. The Slighshot B3 (3m) is our most popular two line trainer kite perfect for young adults and medium size individuals.
Once you have a trainer kite, the best place to practice flying is an uncrowded beach or field. Before you head out, make sure to take a look at the safe kiteboarding guidelines. Approximately 15-20 hours of flight time with the kite will help prepare you for a kiteboarding lesson. Trainer kites are designed to get you familiar with how an inflatable kite flies and how to generate the kind of power used to go kiteboarding. Kiteboarding involves harnessing a great deal of the wind's power in order to pull yourself across the water. Therefore, the ability to maintain control of the kite's power in different wind speeds is extremely important when preparing for a kiteboarding lesson. Due to the power capabilities of the trainer kite, Jupiter Kiteboarding does not recommend flying them in winds excess of 20 mph. If you are unsure about the wind speed consider using a Wind Meter.