I came into a posession of a damaged kiteboard kite (photos), and want to repair it. There are two sail-length tears and a missing 50x50 panel at the top edge. I think I can make a reasonable repair with spinnaker tape, silk thread and a sailor maker's needle. My next problem is to work out how to rig it to fly it. Any suggestions? I have a budget of less than $50.00 (AUD/USD)/ €40. I figure that it could be turned into a useful practice kite.
I'm in my early 40s and don't have a lot of upper-body strength. I love to sail and snowboard and would love to learn how to kiteboard. I understand that if everything's going right, all the forces are pretty balanced. But in learning, or if things go wrong (wind gust, trip over a wave, etc.), how much strength is needed to get through a bad situation?
Does anyone have recommendations about where to learn to kite board? I’m in DC and it sounds like going to Kitty Hawk, NC is a good option. Are some companies better than others? [more inside]