I’ve recently got into kiting the last couple years. I’m at the intermediate point where I don’t crash, have tried small jumps, and stay upwind. I currently own 2011 15m & 10m rise; and a 12meter razor. I lucked out and booked a trip to Maui with my girlfriend who weighs about 120lbs this October and we’re looking to buy another kite or 2 so we can share the kite quiver. I’m interested in getting into waves more while we are out there. She is a total beginner minus playing with a trainer, but pretty hardcore babe (did a month solo kayking in chile last year for her vacation). She’s going to take 5 days of lessons and we are there for 10 days see how it goes… Hopefully the wind is on!
I’m looking for the best solution for us both to be able to have proper size kites. I figure she can always be one size smaller down than whatever I would be on. She’s able to borrow a twin tip and we also have also have a mako king we might bring along (I cringe at the fee to get it there). I have the freeride and freestyle bar.
I was thinking of just buying a 7meter rise and calling it good since that is a good all around smaller kite in most conditions. I wonder if that would be too big in Maui for Brianna at 120lbs. I’ve also considered buying another Razor since I really enjoy the 12 honestly one of my favorite kites here in southern CA. I could perhaps get a 8 meter razor to step down from the 10 rise and then get a 6 meter?? rise for big wind or perhaps better for her to use? I’m curious if I would ever use that small a rise on another trip the 10 and a 7 seems like a better pairing just thinking about it…
Thinking out loud here! Would love to hear you guys inputs and other perspectives for best short term/long term solution. I’m stoked just want to be cost effective! What would you do?
We also are thinking about joining along some friends on an SPI trip this December depending on how well this works out!
P.S. Any inside tips on where to book lessons for her around Maui? Also does anyone bother with wetsuits in Hawaii?