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The May 2009 Kiteboarding Photo of the Month -- This kiter scores almost 100 feet of air - unreal!
May 02, 2009


This months photo of the month absolutely blows my mind - I know that we can catch huge air while kiting, but this is beyond my imagination... check it out!

As Eternal as it May Seem, it's Finally Over! This Month's Photo is a Tribute to the Dying Winter.

This month's Photo of the Month is a true testament to the diversity, beauty, and sheer power of kiteboarding. I don't think I'd be alone if I told you that I hate winter – it's cold, snowy, dark...and I could never do any of the water sports that I really love. That is, until I started to kiteboard.

What often starts out as an opportunity to hone skills over the winter, commonly explodes into a full fledged addiction. Short sessions on a lake quickly turn into mountain runs that involve massive air, riding straight up steep slopes, blistering bursts of speed, and actual flights to the bottom (if conditions are right, you can glide the entire way down a hill).

If you have ever considered getting out on the snow, try it! You never know, you might just find yourself sorry to see the snow go - just like I was not too long ago...for the very first time in my life.

Do you have a photo that absolutely trumps this one? How about one that captures the true beauty of kiteboarding? Or even one that is just plain fun?! If so, I'd love to give it a chance to be the next Photo of the Month – just send it to

The Battle of the Trainers – An Update on the Trainer Kite Reviews.

The trainer kite reviews are inching closer and closer to completion and the answers that I really want to know. The questions are pretty simple, but if you're new, here's what will be answered:

  • Do two line re-launchable kites really work? To me it sounds almost too good to be true, so I'm putting them to the test.

  • Do three line kites make flying the kite convenient enough to justify the added cost?

  • What kites are the highest quality and most durable?

  • What size of kite is most suitable for people of different weights in varying wind conditions?

  • While the answers are far from conclusive, here are some of the results from the tests so far.

    • Do two line re-launchable kites really work? So far the answer to this question is yes and no. The most success with a 2 line re-launch has been with the small kites (under 2.0m2). The testers have managed to re-launch these kites a whooping 50% of the time.

      With kites 2.0m2 and larger, the two line re-launch has not worked very well at all. The kite generally tangles on the ground and the windier it gets, the more it tangles. The current success rate for a two line relaunch is under 30%, and absolutely no one (myself included) has been able to do it on the first try. I personally was ready to burn the kite after a few attempts.

    • Is the third line convenient enough to justify the added cost? The answer here is a conclusive yes - under the condition that whoever is flying the kite knows how to re-launch. All it takes is a simple walkthrough (on a piece of paper, verbal, or like one on and people usually nail the re-launch within three tries. Once there here, they love the easy re-launch and everyone has said that the added convenience is more than worth it.

      The only time people felt that the third line is not worth it is when they don’t know how to use it. If they are unsure of the line’s purpose, or can’t actually pull off the relaunch, they generally say that it is a pointless addition. However, once they are shown or told what to do, roughly 80% of them change their mind.

    • Is any brand of kite more durable than the other? All of the kites tested (Ozone, HQ Power Kites, Crazy Fly, and Best) are well constructed and have stood up to some serious beatings. Each and every brand named here produces a quality kite. Of these 4 brands, HQ Power Kites and Ozone stand out above the rest - their sheer quality is apparent in the small details.

      Please know – there are some low quality kites out there. My first trainer was low quality and broke after about 10 hours of use. I won't say which brand it was, but I can say that it isn't any of those listed above.

    • What size of kite is most suitable for people of different weights in varying wind conditions? This question is nowhere close to being answered. I need a lot more information than I currently have. However, the initial results are showing:

      In 10 knots of wind or less:

      People over 150 lbs prefer kites larger than 3.0m2.

      In 10 knots of wind or more:

      Those in the 100 lb. range are overpowered by 3 m2 and larger kites and prefer smaller ones.


      People over 150 lbs who want to try to snow-kite with the trainer want the biggest one they can get – they all love the 3.5 m2.

    • These are the current results, but please be aware that there have not been enough tests to make any accurate statements – the ones shared here are just the initial results and could easily change as more tests are done.

      In the Works...

      Watch out for these up and coming additions to

      • Trainer Kite Field Guide.
      • Every single question, problem, and difficulty from the Trainer Kite Reviews is being documented and answered in a 20-30 page trainer kite field that everyone can take out and use when flying their trainer. There will be full photo walkthroughs and exercises, much like on, all contained in a ultra-compact and portable booklet.

      • Intermediate Kiteboarding Practice. How-to’s and walkthroughs for intermediate riding skills like: riding upwind, jumping, and powered-up transitions.

      • Better and More Detailed Photos on the Website. Watch out for new and more descriptive photos of hard to explain exercises coming soon to the website.

      • Thats all for this edition, thanks for tuning in!
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