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Type of gear - Newbie

Postby envy_16 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:04 pm

Hey guys... i'm new to this kite boarding thing so i hope i'm not intruding on this forum or anything. I have a 16m envy right now, and i'm either looking to sell and downsize and start my collection of kites from 12m and down, or keep the 16m and either buy a 12m or 10m. I'm into Liquid Force, i like what their kites have to offer, but i wanted to know what experienced riders have to say about what size kites i need for the milwaukee area, I'm from kenosha so i'll be doing most of my kiteboarding around here. Any advice?
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Re: Type of gear - Newbie

Postby envy_16 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:09 pm

Also, I'm 200lbs. Need help!!
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Re: Type of gear - Newbie

Postby jonnyt » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:21 pm

8, 11 and 14 meter switchblade
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Re: Type of gear - Newbie

Postby envy_16 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:34 pm

Why a switch blade and not a liquid force? I'm a college student with not much cash so which size kite will I get the most use out of?
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Re: Type of gear - Newbie

Postby monsterbuck1974 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:17 pm

12m and what ever type u get used to. Everyone has there own preferences. Every kite brand will have plusses and negatives.
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Re: Type of gear - Newbie

Postby jonnyt » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:11 pm

switchblades are designed to sit at the edge of the wind window and pull you around like a boat(its called wakestyse). when you are first learning the power and low end grunt of the switchblade will come in very handy pulling you out of the water and around the lake.. for most kites of equal size you have to work the kite more which is more advanced. they jump,float, and are build super strong.. downside is they are expensive and slower than most kites.. just an opinion.
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Re: Type of gear - Newbie

Postby monsterbuck1974 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:23 pm

Learn on a kite that has a lot of power/depower control and you can afford then when u get good enough and know people better try some different kites to see what feels good for your riding style and progression. A wise kiter told me once the best kite out there is the one you own and are used to :wink:
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Re: Type of gear - Newbie

Postby jonnyt » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:35 pm

words of wisdom.. you almost all the time want to be a little overpowered when riding little hat..
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