hq Hydra 300 training kite

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Hawaiisteve_o
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Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:41 pm

Hi guys

New to kiting, no training or experience

Looking to buy a training kite with a view to kitesurfing

Would the hq Hydra 300 be a good choice

I live in northern ireland, we get a lot of wind

I'm 6'1 and 188 pounds

Kite is available in decathlon for £180, no other sizes or brands available

Thanks
aquilone
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Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:00 am

Hi - have not used the kite myself but it does look like a good choice. Any trainer kite should have a bar rather than handles and a wrist safety release system which the hydra has. You can also fly it on water as it inflates. However most trainer kites don't need to be inflatable as you are practicing skills on land in conditions that are not too strong and learning the subtle control required. It's also great later on when you are a competent kitesurfer and you want to try more advanced moves like looping the kite or spinning under it to simulate back rolls. Great for the kids as well in light winds :-)
Hawaiisteve_o
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Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:41 pm

Thanks Aquilone

Would the size 3m2 be a good fit for my weight 188lbs - particularly with learning body drags in water?
aquilone
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:45 pm

It's not great for bodydragging as it's too small in most wind conditions and it's not really designed for that.
A trainer kite is ideal for practicing kite control. There are good exercises like moving the kite around the clock: hold it at 9-o-clock move to 10 and hold it still for five seconds move it to 11 and hold it still, and so on - then do this with one hand only flying the bar switching hands for the respective wind windows. Also figure-8 flying either side of the wind window and practicing the power stroke to water start followed by the up-stroke that gives you the lift. These all may seem trivial but it will pay dividends later when you want to get on your board. At your weight a 2.5-3m kite will be usable and safe in the 15-20knots range but stay away from people as the lines can still cause damage to others.
If you want to practice body dragging then it's time to invest in a lesson. It's the quickest and safest way to learn.
Hawaiisteve_o
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:13 pm

Thanks again
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