To learn the basics of flying kites for kite boarding you don't have to be on or near the water. When starting, 80% of the skills required to kiteboard are in controlling the kite. You need to learn to control your power source (the kite) before you can learn to ride the board successfully
The first step is to become proficient in flying a trainer kite.
I bought my first trainer kite from Craigslist for $50 before I even knew what a trainer kite was. Lucky fro me, I happened to buy one of the best trainer kites out there - Slingshot B3.
Trainer kites come in three types: 2/3/4 lines. Typically the smaller kites come with just 2 lines and the more powerful kites (over 3m) come with 3 or 4 lines. In terms of flying, a 2-line kite flies just as well as a 3 or 4-line. The benefit of a 2-line kite is that the lines never really get tangled, where the benefit of a 3 or 4-line kite is the ability to relaunch the kite after it crashes. To relaunch a 2-line kite you'll need to walk back to the kite and put it in the correct position ( very important ! ).
My Slingshot B3 was a breeze to learn to fly and control. I am happy I didn't waste $100 for a land/ground course. It took me literally less than an hour "to master" flying this kite.
After watching a few Youtube videos ( like the one below ), I easily learned how to launch, fly and control my kite:
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