hey water legged folks!
i introduced myself over in the intro forum as Richard from True Snowboards, and being the off season for snowboarding around here, Simply^Ride invited me to post away about kiteboarding over here in the wakeboarding forum.
i'm a novice kiteboarder - i can get up and going on land, sea, and snow - but water is the most challenging due to, well, water - so i'm not so hot on the sea... yet! i plan to kite a fair bit in squamish, bc, this summer & hope to be traveling up wind at will by the end of the summer vs. losing ground (well, wateR) down wind. in terms of difficulty, shallow snow on a frozen lake is the easiest to master the basics on w/ a snowboard or skis (metal edges to edge against) followed by mountainboards on grass or hard packed beach sand, then water.
as for the local kiteboarding scene, you can check it out here - including LIVE WEB CAMS that you can control: Skypilot Kiteboarding :: a global network for kiters :: Kiteboarding Lessons in Squamish & Vancouver, BC
if anyone has any basic questions, feel free to post and i'll answer what i can. just because i'm not throwing down tricks on the water yet doesn't mean i haven't been around the sport for a few years.
if it's beyond my knowledge/experience, i'll simply tell ya where to go: skypilot!
Richard @ True Snowboards - Advanced Snowboard Design and Engineering