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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.


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.


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post Jun 4 2008, 12:20 AM
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Hello guys,
This is Dimitri Maramenides. I see that few of you are interested to get your kids into kiting!!!
Well as you probably know my son just turned 6 tonight, but he has been in the water kiting with me since he was 1. Now I would not recomand to do such a thing but this is who I am and what I do.
Now 6 is kind of too young to get them on the board. The best age is around 8.
Cameron is a little different and that is because that is my job and since he was born I have been playing with him on how to kite.
Any way the best thing to to is:
1. Have your kid learn how to fly a trainer kite
2. Then have him pulled in shalow waters but you have to be in good shape in order to run while pulling him
3. Then teach him how to fly a bigger inflatable kite. An ECLIPSE kite will be the best way to go tongue.gif
4. Make sure he is not using a harness.
5. Then pull him behind a jet ski or a boat but make sure he always have a life vest and a helmet
6. Then have him between your legs on the board and attach another bar for him that goes to the Break lines
7. Then have him behind you with a board and pulling him while you are kiting and work on the transitions
8. Finally he is on his own flying the kite and getting onto the board. (STILL NO HARNESS). But make sure the leash is attached to his life vest.
9. Once he can go on his own give him at least 4 months of practice. Then get him a harness. By then he will know the dangers of what can happen.
Cameron is now doing Surface handle passes and jumps and goes up wind. He is with a harness and he loves it.

I am putting a video that shows the progress of my son. You can always find more info if you go to www.eclipsekites.com and look at some videos.
Also the NANO was designed for kids also.
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