So as much as we anticipate great success in our Water 2 classes, it doesn’t always happen. About half of our students arrive to Water 2 needing to retool their landing and launching, crosswind body dragging and upwind body dragging from the Water 1 class. As a result, most of their lesson time in Water 2 is spent drilling Water 1 skills. The ability to demonstrate a good upwind body drag is the best indicator of the ability to perform a controlled water start in the Water 2 class and to then extend the ride.
Sunday, the entire Water 2 class went through the progression from the upwind body drag, a board-on, a controlled water start to riding hundreds of yards. I asked the Water 2 class why they did so well. All 3 said they had simply practiced as much as possible in between lessons with their trainer kites. One of the students hadn’t flown a water kite for almost a year since his Water 1. But simply by flying his trainer kite in between lessons, he not only stood up, he rode a good 100 yards in one direction and back on Sunday. This is unusual for Water 2 and now he’s buying a kite and board from us and he’s ready to go out on his own.
It all starts from practicing with the trainer kite as much as possible.