: My son (14yr) would like to fly a kite and buggy at sometime. At the
: moment her flys with enthusiasm, 2 line stunt kites. I myself fly
: single line kites and have discovered that I no little about kites and
: buggies to be able to give him much useful advice.
: My question(s) are what advice would you give a young, aspiring flier
: who would like to progress safely into riding buggies?
: Age (or weight?)?
: Suggestions for a quadline soft kite to start (with feet on the
: ground) flying a 4 line kite rather than 2?
: Sources of information
: Putting it all together
: Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.
: Jeremy Carson
Hmm, well my first bit of advice would be to find someone who has
a peel or a large power kite and is willing to let your son try it. That
way he can get a feel for exactly what he's getting into :) Second, buy
the kite first and learn to control it. I learned to fly a 3.6m peel on
my ***(ruined atleast 2 pairs of pants :) ). Third, see if you can
find another generous soul that will allow your son to ride in a buggy.
As far as age goes, 13-14 is a fine place to start. I assume your
son is resonably respossible (big kites=big dammage=big bucks). Weight,
about 120+lb Friends of mine weiging as little as 100lb fly my 3.6m peel
in lower winds. Sources, this news group is great, and Peter Lynns book "
buggies boats and peels" is a nice referance. Saftey, HELMET!!!!!!!!!!!!
Elbo and Knee pads are nice too, but that just saves road rash. Quad line
go strait for a high end one is my advice. Don't waste your money on a rev
1.5 or something like that. a rev 1 is a fine durable kite to learn on. If
you want a softie, a Quadrafoils are nice too. Go for the bigger ones if you
want a slower kite.
Good luck and may the AoxomoxoA be with you!