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    Default Kite Surfing "Mariana"?

    My daughter wants to do some Kite Surfing. She has surfed in Hawaii. How hard is it to learn, dangerous and how many days to get going?

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    hi Scott,

    In general, people who havean intermediate level plus background in surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, power kiting, buggying and to some extent paragliding and snowboarding have an easier learning curve than people with no board or wind sports experience. Kitesurfing is not a hard sport to learn -- this is the fun AND the danger of it! It is very important that beginners take lessons as the kites are very powerful and instruction will help prevent "kitemares". We have taught students as young as 11... our oldest student was 68.....

    In our experience, beginner students take anywhere from 6-12 hours to ge through our beginner course which consists of wind theory, weather theory, lots of safety info/theory, how to fly a kite, body drag with kite, various kite flying techniques and finally, how to waterstart and get onboard. Then students take anywhere from 2-7 more days to start to ride upwind and practice safely on their own and amongst others. So, ideally, 10 days but we have students that come for as little as 3-4 days to learn the basics, who then continue instruction in their own town.

    Let me know if I can be of further help:-=)

    Marina
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    My daughter has also Water Skiing, Snow ski besides wave surf. She will be there for only 4 days and says she WILL do this. She has absolutely no fear of anything. She is 12 but in real good shape and very accomplished. Working on her 3rd degree black belt now.

    I would like her to do this but I do NOT want to do this with her. What do you offer for this?

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    Scott

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    Default Oh Come On

    Scott,

    Oh come on... you would be sooooo adorable out there with her learning how to windsurf. I would LOVE to take pics of this one....

    GG

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    Bet you would! Aint gonna happen though. Unless of course you want to do it with me?

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    GirlieGirl, Scott would never be able to get off the ground. Well, maybe if another hurricane passes nearby.

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    Talking caution...

    marina is certaily THE expert, but he has no control over the wind.
    so if your girl is only there for 4 days keep your fingers crossed that it blows.

    x. (the veteran windsurfer)

    see you thanxgiving.

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    Default OKAY ESCOTT YOU ARE ON!!!

    Okay... scott... I am up for a challenge.. and I trust Marina (Hey Girl... come pick up your fliers!!!)... so Scott... what do you say now??? We both learn together... lets roll!!!!

    GG

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    Ok, I am down for this. My daughter is coming for Samana Santa for 4-5 days. Lets do it every day.

    Scott

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    Default Re: caution...

    Originally posted by x_man
    marina is certaily THE expert, but he has no control over the wind.
    so if your girl is only there for 4 days keep your fingers crossed that it blows.

    x. (the veteran windsurfer)

    see you thanxgiving.
    You coming to dinner?

    Seems like something Sidney Portier would say

    Scott

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