We are happy to announce that we now carry HQ4 PowerKites. HQ4 is one of the original names in foil kites and they have been around since before Kiteboarding was a thing. Ironically HQ4 was late to the game to make Kiteboarding specific kites but they have since made up for lost time with some great models. We are in the process of updating our site with their full product range but for now we wanted to get their trainer kites up in our store HERE. Summer is in full swing and if you want to get into kiteboarding or are just looking for a fun kite to fly at the beach or the park, HQ4 makes arguably the best trainer kites out there. Read on for a quick INTRO TO KITES and KITING and how to select the perfect TRAINER KITE for you. HQ4 Kites are fun on their own and not just for kiting, and you probably have seen them at your local beach.
What are TRAINER KITES:
HQ4 makes arguably the BEST trainers in the world. They come in a diverse line up so I thought I'd summarize the range to help you select.
80% of the time I recommend the RUSH V PRO as the initial 2 line trainer for land use. If you live near a giant shallow water area then using a trainer in the water is fun, in which case I would then recommend the Hydra II which is the same as the RUSH V PRO but closed cell. These are both 2/3 line models and are the place to start.
The next step in your progression is a small 4 line LEI or FOIL trainer. BUT this adds a lot of power and technique and means you are now physically strapped into your kite ... so I recommend taking lessons at this point and not trying it on your own first. At the end of the lessons you will not even need to purchase a 4 line trainer. Also, many people have been hurt skipping steps on their journey towards learning to kiteboard, If you want to kite safely do it the right way, start with a 2 line trainer and take lessons.