Compared to kiteboarding kites, trainer kites are small, maneuverable kites that are used to teach kite handling basics in a safe and controlled environment. Although small when compared to a kiteboarding kite (which can easily be as big as a car), these kites are rather large. They range from 1m2 to 3.6m2; the larger trainers can even lift you off the ground in higher winds!
Although they are originally intended to teach kiteboarding skills, these kites are great for almost everyone. You can easily tow yourself on a snowboard or land-board, and they are an absolute blast on their own. They can easily be handled by children, which makes them great fun for the whole family.
This page is designed to be an introduction for anyone who is looking to get, or has just gotten, a trainer kite. The information contained inside is broken down into four categories:
No, you don’t have to. But at some point you will need to take lessons and your instructor will make you fly a trainer. You won’t be able to move on until you can do what he or she wants you to do, so why not be able to do it before you even go?
Not to mention, these kites are a lot of fun and you will be able to share your passion by teaching your friends how to fly your trainer!
NO! Kites produce massive power, and handling that power poorly can result in serious injury or death. The best way to learn to handle the kite’s power is to learn to handle the kite, and the best way to do that is to practice on a kite that doesn’t carry dire consequences when you make a mistake. In other words, spend some time learning with a trainer.
Learning how to kiteboard this way is very similar to how I learned to drive. Growing up on my family’s farm I learned to drive farm vehicles at a young age (you could call this my ‘trainer stage’). We used an old pickup to collect hay bales, which meant I had to drive like you would normally – start, stop, park, reverse, etc… I never had any problems. However, just because I could drive in the hayfields, I was not ready to drive on public roads. There were tonnes of things that I couldn’t do, like read traffic signs, drive in traffic, turn at lights, use traffic circles, etc...
When the time came for me to start learning on the road (my ‘lessons’ stage), I was way ahead of the pack. Because I already knew how to control the vehicle, all I needed to learn was the rules of the road. In no time I was driving like I had been doing it for years (and I really had been doing the basics for years).
Learning how to kiteboard is no different. If you lay your foundation first with a small kite and then build upon that, you will be miles ahead of the pack (literally!)
Do you have your trainer yet? If not, read Trainer Kites De-Mystified and learn what to look for in your kite.
If you already have your trainer, skip ahead to Trainer Exercises Part 1 and start learning.
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