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Location: Hillhead: where's it's happening

Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:40 am

Does any one else get this.. Newbies... Oh you kite surf and Kite buggy ? Yeah

Cooooool...... can you show me.

OK well your need this this this and this is good second hand and your need to do this first and that and then get some lessons and then come to me and we can go out and improve what you have learnt..

and then go and do 100% the opposite to what you told them.

I have now made it a rule any one new come and ask me I just say get some lessons.

I even went out of my way with one of my friends to get a list of second hand gear including some bits of my own to help him start up and then he goes to a shop and buys a shortie wet suit in the winter!!!!!!!!!!! cos it was in the sale :roll: I kid you not!

The other mate I set up a brand new last years kite for just under 50% off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I had a bar and lines that where 1 year old I would sell to him to match. didn't even buy it after saying he was going to go and get it.. SO I found him a £250 kite and bar and lines older of the same make and model in brilliant condition still didn't buy that!!!!!!!!!!! he's still not on the water 6 months later and is still moaning he can't get around to getting his act togeather but has had lessons.

Lastly one that nearly knocked me over.. all keen did a session on the land on my 2m rad sail to get the idea and I set him up with a mates Kiteschool... he was all keen.. big smiles it's happening yeah!! only to tell me he can't swim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :shock:

I'm all done for newbie's :lol: it's quite funny to think back now but very frustrating for me when they were so keen but had no commitment. Just liked the look of it... mind you my son was all keen, wet suit on, ready to hit the surf with his body board.. we ran to the waters edge he was so excited and then took one jump in the sea.. came running out.... salt water I don't like it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mind you he was only 5 at least he got in the water not like the above ones! :lol:
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Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:30 pm

Same deal where I am, typical scenario is a chat in a pub where someone gets all excited about learning. Same used to happen for Dinghy sailing, I took one or two out to teach them. Next weekend despite the initial keenness to learn, nowhere to be seen! usually would find them following weekend...'ah sorry mate, too hungover' etc etc..

Its their life, let them get on with it. I make it an absolute rule to never contact them. They must contact me, this saves phone credit and time. By contacting me this shows some spark of enthusiasm to learn, which I will help with no matter how long it takes.

Funny isn't it, when I started out sailing and kiting I would have paid for tuition, in money or beer:)

You can lead a horse to water...
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Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:32 am

They obviously don't appreciate your years of experience or place little value on it. Some distance is required.
You try and save them from making mistakes but they don't listen. It's their money so let them buy whatever they want.
They'll buy what looks good or something that has a cool name, not what is suitable or recommended, so why bother fighting it. Just let them get on with it.

Yes it's your time they're wasting, so let them contact you and give up your time only at your convenience.
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