A trainer kite is the most inexpensive way to into kiteboarding for two reasons:.
First you will progress much faster when you get to your actual kitesurfing lesson ( which will cost anywhere from $50-$100 an hour ). With solid kite flying abilities under your belt, your instructor will able to move you to a full sized kiteboarding kite much earlier.
Second, you may save your new kitesurfing gear from nonessential wear and tear during your first days of learning to ride. Would you rather crash a $100 kite or a $1000 kite?
Spending at least 4-10 hours on a trainer kite before a lesson will permit you to advance at a much quicker pace than coming in with no kite flying experience. Remember that learning to kiteboard ( your 1st 8-10 sessions ) is 80% kite flying. Each hour you spend flying before attempting to put a kiteboard on your feet will double your odds of getting up and NOT crashing your kite in the water. Snowkiting and Land kiting can be learned in one tenth of the time that water kiting can be learned. A basic coach will get you going down this road.