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post Jun 3 2008, 05:46 AM
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Looking for an XS harness. Want to start teaching my kids.


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Anyone riding a kiteboard (Kitesurfing)..this class generally walks a lil taller...lives larger and enjoys life more than the average Joe..types range from the truly hardcore wave warriors to the weekend version with kids, a mortgage, and a job..Respect in their world is generally given to the former...as they completely dedicate themselves to the board under their feet and the wind in their faces..whereas the latter only wishes they could..bug eating paraphenalia includes kites,boards,bitches,and major tude..LET THOSE WHO RIDE DECIDE~stickers on their rides..and copious amounts of beer and pain killers.
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post Jun 3 2008, 10:35 AM
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I am looking to do the same this summer. My son is 8 and has been flying a trainer for 3 years now. Great kite skills on the 1-2M kites and he has even body dragged with his trainer kite. If you have not had them do this then get a trainer kite and let them get good at it.

How old are your kids?
How long have you been Kiteboarding?
Are you an instructor?

I was told by a Kiteboarding professional they do not recommend any hooked in training until after 8 years old. I guess their development earlier does not allow them to grasp the danger or let go factors. I have waited this long for my son because I don't want to push it and scare him. This year he told me he wants to learn, so I bought him the smallest Liquid Force harness I could find and a 4M Ocean Rodeo Rise Kite. Being a father I am still very leery about doing this because I know the dangers of the sport. If anything was to happen to my son and it was my doing, I am not sure how I could live with myself. I am a certified PASA Instructor, but don't feel near qualified to teach my son. Trainer kite and body dragging I am comfortable with, but not with letting him start on a board without me attached to him.

I am doing further research before I hook him into anything. I recommend looking up the following training fathers and ask their advice before you proceed. I plan to be very careful with this and hoping I can find a kids camp somewhere with instructors that have taught younger children.

Dimitri Maramenides of Eclipse Kites, he is training is son.
Daniel Medysky of www.kiterider.ca (705) 326-9470 trained is son Sam Medysky who is a Naish Pro Rider
Mike Merrill of Sharkless 269-921-4037 www.sharkless.com trained his son Erik (I think)

I will send each of these fathers an email to see if they can reply our our posts for information. I think this is a great topic and want to be sure to get as much advice as possible.

Keep me posted on your research and I will keep you posted with mine.

John








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