Kiteboarding, Kitesurfing and Power Kites 

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Kitesurfing / Kiteboarding Intro

Kitesurfing or kiteboarding is a combination of the best elements of surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, and snowboarding. There is crossover from those sports so anyone good at those sports can pick up power kite sports fairly quick. But kite surfing is a bit different as you don’t need waves, a boat or an expensive lift ticket- only a few knots of wind. It is the perfect sport for those who enjoy the freedom of sailing and jumping without the huge cost.

Is a Power Kite the Same as a Kite Surfing, Snowkiting or Traction Kite?

Some people get a bit confused at first on the terminology. A power kite is is any large controllable kite designed to provide significant pull to the user. So all kitesurfing, landboarding, snowkiting, kite buggying kites are in the category of power kites. Kites that are not considered power kites would be stunt kites or those little one line kites you see on the beach.

Power kites can be flown anywhere, can fit your own specific personality and can be done by anyone from ages 7 to 70). So it’s easy to understand why kiteboarding is one of the fastest growing sports.

Where Can You Go Kiteboarding?

One of the greatest part of getting into power kites is the ability to do it almost anywhere. You can use a kite in all of these areas:

Maybe you live near the beach and have been seeing some of those crazy guys kitesurfing or landboarding. Or maybe you’ve been hitting the ski slopes and seeing crazy stunts folks are pulling while snowkiting.

Looks like fun, doesn’t it?

If you’re wanting to get in on the action of kite-based sports like kiteboarding, landboarding, kitesurfing, or snowkiting, there’s nothing holding you back.

But, there are smart ways and dangerous (aka – less than smart ways) to go about it. Getting good at kitesurfing or snowkiting, and learning how to do it safely, doesn’t happen by jumping on a board connected to a full-sized power kite and trying it out.

It happens through practice with a trainer kite.

What Are Trainer Kites?

 Trainer kites are pretty much what the name implies – kites for beginner kiteboarders, whether their goal be kitesurfing, snowkiting, landboarding or otherwise.

They are much smaller, simpler and safer than power kites, and allow newbies to get a feel for the power of the wind and the basics of controlling the kite with its lines and control bar, while not having to worry about the dangers of power kiting.

Why Start with a Trainer Kite?

 Your first time driving a car was probably not on a four-lane highway in the middle of rush-hour traffic.


Because it would have been extremely dangerous.

So why would you learn how to kitesurf or snowkite with a full sized, power kite that you are unforgivingly attached to via a board and harness? That is a recipe for disaster.

It only makes sense for anyone wanting to learn a kite-sport to start with a trainer kite. During your time with the trainer, you will learn how to launch, pilot, and land your kite. You will learn how the kite respond to your controls. You will learn how to find and use a variety of positions inside the wind window. You will learn how to increase your speed and how to reduce its power and slow down. You will learn how to “park” the kite on the edge of the wind window in the neutral zones.

In other words, using a trainer kite is all about learning how to properly handle the kite from start to finish without the risk of being attached to it.

Types of Trainer Kites

There are a wide variety of trainer kites for sale, so there is no one size fits all. It depends on the type of power kite sport you want to get into, as well as the type of power and air you want to learn how to control, not to mention your own personal size, weight, and of course budget.

The three main types:

  • 2-line: the simplest, cheapest, and safest of the trainer kites, it provides easy set up and allows you to learn the basics, but you won’t be able to learn how to reverse launch or stall the kite.
  • 3-line: still relatively simple and easy to set up but with the added ability to do reverse re-launches and an ability to kill the power. Naturally, they are a bit more expensive.
  • 4-line: these provide the closest experience to a full power kite and are the most complex and consequently most dangerous. It flies very similarly to a full power kite and will require being hooked up to a harness, which adds to both cost and risk.

There are of course other details that add further variety, so be sure to do your homework to find one ideal for your long-term power kite goals. 

How to Use a Trainer Kite

Alright, so now you know what a trainer kite is, why you need one, and a bit about types to choose from.

Once you’ve selected your ideal trainer kite, here are your next steps for getting started in your new hobby:

  • Find a large, open area to fly. The more open and bigger, the better. The wind needs plenty of room to flow without being interrupted by trees or structures.
  • Remove your trainer kite from its bag and lay it out on the ground. Make sure its bridle lines are facing upwards and that the trailing edge is facing the wind. You will need to temporarily weigh the kite down or have a friend hold it down so it doesn’t blow away.
  • Unwind the kite lines from the bar as you walk into the wind.
  • Walk between the lines from the bar back to the kite, inspecting for any potential twists or knots in the lines. Untangle and untwist the lines as needed.
  • If there is a safety leash, attach it to the bar.
  • Now, pull firmly on your bar. If wind is sufficient, your kite should launch.
  • Spend time practicing steering, which is similar to that of a bicycle. If you pull left, the kite will turn to the left; if you pull to the right, it will go right. Wherever you guide the leading edge of the kite, that’s where it will go

Important things to remember:

  • Crashes will happen (another reason to start with a cheaper trainer a full-sized power kite). Try to avoid crashing fully down wind, as the speed of the impact could blow seams.
  • Wind is different from day to day – sometimes your kite will fly great, other times it may not, and it could have all to do with the wind and nothing to do with you
  • Even with a trainer kite, 15-20 mph winds can create a lot of power. Small 3.5-meter kites still can pick up a 200-pound person and move them as far as 10 feet. Make sure you have plenty of space, stay alert, and remain in control.
  • Just like learning to drive, you need to put in some hours of practice before you will fly your kite well. Plan to log at least 5 or so hours before getting proficient and remember that the upgrade to a full-size power kite and board will still give you plenty more to learn.

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So now that you know what it’s all about and that there are affordable trainer kites to get you started, don’t wait. There are dozens of excellent trainer kites for sale, so be sure to review the best ones and purchase the ideal one for you!

How to Fly a Trainer Kite 

A trainer kite is the fastest and most cost effective way of getting into kite surfing. There were two main reasons for this.

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Where to Buy Kiteboarding kites 

Where to Buy a Kiteboarding Trainer Kite

Kiteboarding offers thrilling ways to play, work out, and enjoy the outdoors, and the combination of kite flying and surfing adds a new outlet for outdoor sports enthusiasts to master. Even if you are not new to water sports, thorough training and preparation should be your first step towards getting started. Once you know how to handle the equipment and understand the necessary safety precautions, this new aquatic activity promises numerous opportunities for fun and excitement.

Professional instruction will give you the training and understanding you need to safely enjoy this sport. As the requisite power kites are not for children or the uninitiated, any associated equipment needs to be kept under control at all times.  Learning proper handling techniques, by way of a qualified instructor, will reduce your chances of experiencing problem situations. A good instructional video can enhance your knowledge and get you ready for this sport as well.

Even if you are an avid windsurfer, snowboarder or swimmer, you should first master your flying skills on land. Even when you have progressed beyond needing an instructor, you should not attempt kiteboarding without someone else present to assist you if necessary. Kitesurfing away from the shoreline only as far as you can confidently swim back should be part of your kitsurfing ritual as well.  Your flying path should be clear of objects, and you should make sure weather conditions are ideal for such an activity also. This intense undertaking requires precision, preparedness, and caution, but the ensuing experience may be well worth it.

We hope you have enjoyed reading about which trainer kite is best for you and how to fly a power kite. Throughout our articles we have used photos and diagrams to illustrate the best ways to launch a power kite and the kinds of conditions you will want to use for learning how to kite surf, landboard or buggy kite. To review any of those articles, just use the SEARCH field to the right hand side. You can also subscribe to our feeds and review articles below.

It’s also important that you get your kite surfing equipment from the right shop. Here is the comparison for Power Kites Direct vs. the competition.

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How to Get Started with Kitesurfing, Landboarding and Snowkiting 

In order to become good at kitesurfing, landboarding or snowkiting, you will need solid kite flying skills. The more experience you have with flying a trainer or power kite, the better off you’ll be when have your first lesson. Kiteboarding is 80% kite skills, which is why we always recommend that you get some flying time in BEFORE you take a kiteboarding lesson.

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There’s a couple of ways you can do this. Borrow one from a friend or buy one from our online store. If you buy one, we also offer a Trade-In service (see below), which helps to reduce the overall entry cost into the sport. Which ever kite you choose, it’s best to have 15-20 hours of practice before you take a lesson.

Which kind of kite should you buy?

That depends on your goal for learning how to kite. If you want to start kite surfing, then a trainer kite such as the RUSH PRO or HYDRA will work best. If you aim is to get into landboarding, buggy kiting or snowkiting, then check out the Beamer or Scout kites.

If you are ready for a full-sized kite surfing kite, then click on the Griffin Kites page.

What is your top recommendation for a trainer kite?

We have seen that the HQ Hydra is the best overall trainer kite for most students who are looking to get into kite surfing. The reason is because a kiter can quickly transition from land to water to learn body dragging without switching kites and putting on a harness. It’s very practical to be able to take a kite you are already familiar with and start learning the water. The Hydra is the first and only water relaunchable trainer kite. It’s also a great kite for kayaks or tubes.

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What is the regular Rush kite good for?

The Rush is a really good kite for small children or a family who wants a very basic kite. We currently have a program where we have donated kites to kids with ADHD. It’s a small kite and doesn’t relaunch as easy as our other kites so it’s a bit less practical for learning than the other kites we offer.

What is the best trainer kite size to get?

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Trainer Kite Lessons: The Fastest and Cheapest Kiteboarding Training 

2 Reasons Why a Trainer Kite is the Most Cost-Effective Way to Learn to Kiteboard:

During your kitesurfing lesson (which can cost anywhere from $50 to $100 per hour), you can make significant improvements. Your coach will be able to switch you to a full-sized kiteboarding kite even faster after you’ve mastered kite flying.

During the first days of learning to fly, you will protect your new kitesurfing gear from needless wear and tear. Would you rather crash a kite worth $250 or a kite worth $1,500?

If you spend at least 4-10 hours on a trainer kite before a class, you would be able to progress much better than if you come in with no kite flying experience. Remember that 80 percent of learning to kiteboard (your first 8-10 sessions) is flying the kite. Any hour you spend flying before attempting to put a kiteboard on your feet increases the odds of standing up and not falling into the sea. Snowkiting and land kiting take a tenth of the time to master compared to water kiting. This is where a basic trainer can help you get started.

A trainer kite‘s basic components

Making the best of your learn to kiteboard trainer kite.

First, locate a suitable field or beach for flying. The larger and more open a space is, the better. Remember that the kite can not fly properly if there are trees or buildings between you and the sky. If there is a strong tunnel impact for the wind to come in, a small area in the center of the city does not normally fit well. Frozen lakes perform well, but you’ll have to travel a short distance to get to the middle.
A trainer kite is launched. Take the trainer kite out of its bag and lie it on the grass, bridle lines facing up and trailing edge facing the wind. To save the kite from blowing up, sand the trailing edge or have an assistant hold the rear of the kite with the leading edge pointing up toward the wind (make sure they do NOT let go). Until launching the kite, unwind the lines from the bar, walking into the wind, and then walk between them to the kite to ensure there are no loops or twists. As required, untangle the lines. Return to the bar and, if necessary, secure your protective leash. The kite can fly if you pull hard on the bar. Flying a trainer kite is similar to riding a bicycle: pull left to turn left, pull right to turn right. The kite will go anywhere the leading edge is pointing (like the front wheel on your bike).

Things to keep in mind:

Your trainer kite will crash! Simply step over to the server and re-launch it. If you smash it straight into the ground at 50 miles per hour, you risk blowing seams out of the kite. Yes, they are capable of moving at that speed.
Wind is like a road; it can be bumpy at times and smooth at others. Your kite could fly beautifully one day and horribly the next. Almost certainly, the wind feels somewhat different.
When there are strong winds, be cautious. And small trainer kites generate a significant amount of electricity. When the winds are over 18 mph, our favorite trainer, the 3.6 meter Beamer, would cause a 200 pound individual to hop 6-10 feet forward. Still make space for evasive maneuvering (3-5 line lengths).
If you have someone assisting you with the deployment of the teacher kite, make sure they travel as soon as the kite is launched. Also, be courteous and give them your kite.
Learning to fly a trainer kite proficiently takes most people anywhere from 12 to 3 hours. Expect to take 5 minutes to become a better flier.
Lines that twist and turn. Except with a twist in the lines, both kites can go the same way. To untangle the wires, either travel a full circle in the opposite direction or easily turn your body around. Most kites can only fly with two or three loops until the lines bind.
Kiteboarding skills can be improved with advanced teacher kite techniques.
Now that you’ve mastered flying your trainer kite, here’s a rundown of stuff to work on to further your abilities and muscle memory. The more time you spend working on these skills, the less time you’ll spend diving and more time surfing.

The wind window

The power stroke is important for getting up on a board and riding. The aim of these movements is to build muscle memory for spinning the kite around until it crashes into the ground or water.
Sliding during a trainer kite’s power stroke Hold the centre of gravity behind your feet to avoid being forced forward into a running stance while you focus on the power stroke. On your feet, you can slide forward.
Place your trainer kite in the wind window at noon. Flight the kite all the way down to 3 o’clock, and back up to noon. Change the kite’s location to 11 o’clock and ride to 3 o’clock. Now work on it from noon to 9 a.m. and 1 to 9 p.m. You must be able to confidently fly the power stroke in both directions without worrying about returning the kite to the sky. It’s time to… now that you’ve mastered the power stroke while holding your feet under you.
Start practicing on your board. This will help you improve muscle memory for standing up on your board by improving leg and hip alignment. The aim of this drill is to ensure that when you try to get up and ride, you point your board downwind.
Riding on the right side of the road: Sit down on the field with your kite in neutral (straight over your head), stretch your right leg out, and bend your left leg in slightly. Send the trainer kite into a powerful right-side power stroke. If you have enough power, stand on your right foot with your body turned at a 45-degree angle to the wind.
For your power stroke, switch your trainer kite to the 1 o’clock position; note how your hips and body instinctively point your leg downwind. When attempting a water launch, one of the most common mistakes novice kiteboarders make is not having their kiteboards pointing downwind.
Now it’s time to focus on the left eye.
If you wish to learn to snow or land mount, remember to point the board downwind in the same way.
With the trainer kite, you can move about. Running, skiing, snowboarding, buggying, landboarding, and rollerblading are all options.
Start running with the kite in the direction it’s heading now that you’ve mastered the art of flying. As you pass, you’ll see the kite’s dynamics change. When kiteboarding, you are always running with the kite and must learn to manipulate the trainer kite when doing so in order to take advantage of the visible breeze you generate. To assist with this, use some of the vehicles mentioned above. Remember to protect yourself with padding and a helmet.
Fly the trainer kite vigorously even in strong winds. The more you practice getting dragged around, the better you’ll be at holding on to a big power kite. Try rotating your body under the bar, flying backwards (yes, this can happen in the water), flying with your eyes closed, and doing some little hops while you send the kite up into the power zone if it’s very windy.
Fly with just one paw. If you can fly in one hand while holding the bar with the other, you’ll gain faith and get used to clinging onto the center of the bar.
Add a belt and a bar loop to complete the look.
Get a belt and tie a set loop to the bar to get the most out of your trainer kite. Now you can start practicing flying while “hooked in” and working on one-handed kite flight. This is an absolutely necessary ability for learning to kite in the sea. You’ll have to ride one-handed when taking the board to the water and attempting to stand on it.
Another advantage of adding a loop and harness is that once you’re locked up, you can snow or land kite for hours.
Trainer Kite Slingshot B3 You’ll be trying to climb up on the board in no time if you spend the time practicing this stuff before taking a kiteboarding class. Remember, learning to fly your kite is 80 percent of learning to kiteboard!

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