"I?ve never been a joiner and that?s one of the things that attracted be to kiteboarding
For the past couple of years I?ve played with several different kites
Because of bladders that wouldn?t stay inflated I eventually got into foils which is great for Michigan winters and last winter had a blast cruising the ice on my Michigan inland lake.
But when summer came I just could never get going in the water with the "china made? inflatable kite.
Kept trying in different places: a couple of different in-land lakes and in front of by my brothers place on lake Huron, no matter what I did I kept getting up and falling down I?d get up for only a few seconds at a time. I seemed I could never 'park' the kite. Was it the kite or the rider?
Went to the "King of the Great Lakes" competition in Grand Haven and at the last minute the wife decided to come along. After watching these great (and not so great) riders I was extremely jealous that they where doing what I?ve been trying to do for a long time. About one and half an hour s into the event the wife turned to me and said, "you need to take a lesson" Well that set the deal
I met Brian at TWC when he was just going independent: he seemed like a easy going guy I could get along with. I?ve been on his mailing list ever since.
Called him on the Monday following the King of the Great Lakes thinking of lesson on Thursday, turned out that he already had a lesson the next morning but was free in the afternoon, the winds looked good : I booked a lesson.
Winds where 10-15 and just right for what I wanted to try. Brian tried tuning the China kite and made it fly better than I had seen, still it was acting a bit squirrelly. He suggested the learning curve would be improved if I where to use one of the school kites: 13m diesel. Works for me!
Tried my 198 cm F-one directional board a few times and seemed to be either over or under powered despite my best tries and Brian encouragement. I knew it was operator error as Brian demonstrated the proper technique.
Another kiteboarder came by (apparently with Brian?s gear) and we switched boards?I put on a wake style board on and got up the very next time for few yards. I got the feeling of what it took to stay up. When I first got up I remember hearing "you got it" and thinking wow??I do??.. I?m up and riding
But then I totally crashed the kite and learned the proper way to do a water re-launch .
Went back out away from shore and we set up for the next run. Went a few hundred yard and was totally stoked???.I was doing it!!!
Then started thinking hey I better get back. Tried to turn and fell but got right back up and made it back to Brian who was shouting instructions along the way It as great
I would recommend a lesson for all of you out there that are on the fence yes it?s a totally independent sport but what I learned in 2 hours with Brian made up for many many hours of trying it on my own
"Lanthier, Michael (M.J.)""