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.
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.
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?
Trainer Kite – Up to 80% Trade-In Program
All trainer kites purchased from us can be returned for a trade in price of up to 80%, upon buying more gear from Power Kites Direct.
- Trade-in on any Kiteboarding Package.
- Cannot be traded for cash or lessons.
- Must include paypal ID receipt when you trade it back.
But often, trainer kites are a great tool for giving to children, friends and family while you are out having a ball on the water. It’s also an easy way to give a friend a taste of kiting, without having them use your expensive and more powerful kiteboarding kites.
Here are some quick links for which kite to review to review:
Learn to kitesurf or need a kite for kayaking?
Get into landboarding, buggy kiting or snowkiting?