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Beginner advice!


Hey everyone,

I am new to kiting (just took lessons in Florida) and I am newish to Kingston (since September). I was wondering where the best place for beginners is? Sandbanks? Is it fairly shallow there? Also, from your experience when do you think that I could get in the water with a 4mm wetsuit and booties?

Anyways, I appreciate any advice that you can give me.

Cheers,

Allie
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Hi Allie,
there are people way more experienced than me who can chime in, but I have the benefit of learning being very fresh in my mind. I spent last summer learning at the PUC docks, and it is a less than ideal spot to learn. One has to get comfortable very quickly exiting the water downwind on a rocky shoreline and self-landing, often in crowds of tourists. If I were doing it again, I would do two things: 1 - spend more time at Sandbanks, and 2 - plan downwinders in Kingston with others. For instance, PUC to Fort Henry is do-able and would give you a way better ratio of riding time to landing/setting up than the constant back and forth at PUC.
Sandbanks is great but the waves are a lot harder to learn in than in town. The Outlet beach is shallow, but pretty soon will be unavailable to kiters due to tourists. It will open up again in the fall when the beach-goers clear out. The north beach at Sandbanks is open to kites, but it isn't shallow way out like Outlet, and the waves and shore break are even bigger.
Bottom line, you have to be committed to learn in Kingston (worth it of course !), and I would work at all 3 locations, PUC, downwinders and Sandbanks. If you go to PUC, be sure to chat to a couple local riders about the best way to exit if you end up downwind and solo.

hope that helps,
mike

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another nice little training down winder is from the Kingston Psych hospital to puc. That's the one I used to use. I suppose there isn't any real reason you couldn't go kph to fort henry if you wanted to really stretch it out.

Ken
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Yeah, Mike covered it pretty well.

The lesson program through this site is a pretty good place to start. Gives you a detailed tutorial on the specifics of learning in the area. The second course offered is really key to getting you comfortable with the Entry/Exit.

Picton is a great spot, but like Mike mentioned, once there are people on the beach, kites are required to use the northern most part of the Sandbanks beach, and avoid Outlet beach altogether. There is a good long stretch of beach open to us at Sandbanks and as long as you exit before you end up down into the area off the parking lots that the swimmers use, your all good. So once you hit the beach, hike up away from the crowds a good long way to give yourself some ground to cover as more often than not the wind will slowly push you down toward the crowds.





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All good advice but be carefull on the puc to fort henry downwinder as there are a lot of boats around. I would not do that unless you can actually ride well.

We do not not want anyone to be rescued by the auhorities. There is a lot of reasons why kiting could be banned and that is gas on the fire.

Come over to wolfe island and use big sandy bay public access. Very few people there to piss off and no boat traffic.

Stan

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Stan makes a great point. The downwinder to fort Henry is not a good rookie choice. Like learning in traffic. That downwinder would only make sense for kiters who can get out of the way. Crosses the fairy channel.

any rescue of magnitude in that area would not be good.

Big Sandy is a trek for townies but is a much better spot to flop kites around. Go on a sure forecast. I've yet to get there on the right day.

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Big Sandy works well if the forecast is strong South and even can handle a little SE. But It seems to need a big wind to make it work. If the trees are not moving it may be glass out there on the open lake.

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My kiter advice:

1) Talk to all the other kiters about the various hazards in the area - (ie - at the PUC there is a HUGE pipe that can do some serious damage if you don't know its there)

2) Know how to body drag upwind well before trying to kite with your board - Kingston shore line is unforgiving: to you, your kite and board.

3) Know the self rescue which is outlined in this video Video

See you out there,

Michael
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All good options. I my opinion, the first place you should go to is Sandbanks.

I know it's a bit of long way, and you have to wait for a good day to go. But I think it is the best place to start, espically the first 2-3 times.

There is a lot of space.

It's Shallow.

Easy landing.

Go with a buddy, have them help you relaunch your kite, pracice body dragging, upwind body draging, and start to put your board on.

Kingston is great, but if you get scared or in trouble, hard to find a place to come in without trashing your kite.
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Go check this out,

No wind , no problems...

http://www.flysim.com/kitesim/kitesim_features.html
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