While the Hydra will work on water it isn’t the same as an inflatable (LEI). Don’t think you are going to deepwater start with this thing. I used it a couple times on the Missourri river. There are a lot of sandbars on the river so it is easy to get into the middle of the river while still standing on dry land. This was helpful. You need to be, or at least the kite needs to be, on land to get the kite in the air. After getting it up I would walk it over to the edge of the sandbar or into the shallows and fly it over the water. If you crash the kite or lose power and hit the water it does hold enough air to relaunch for a short period of time. If you can get it powered up quickly you can relaunch off the water. If you don’t get it up quickly the material gets water logged and then it isn’t going anywhere. I had to walk it back to shore a few times and let it dry off. It dries fast though.
My first experience body dragging was using this kite on Mille Lacs with an onshore wind. I had someone hold the kite on the end of a dock while I walked out the lines. The water was waste deep so it was easy to move around, get set up and ready to launch. Water depths you can touch in makes kiting easier. The wind was strong enough to body drag in to shore and repeat a few times. This was my first real experience using the kite to pull me. When body dragging, keep in mind, you will go with the wind so don’t try it with an offshore wind unless you have a way to get back. Body dragging was a helpful experience. It started to give me a feel for what I should be practicing while on land. It gave me a better understanding of why the figure eight pattern works, why it is important and how it relates to using the kite to pull you. Don’t think you need to begin with the board immediately. Take the time to get a lesson and then try some body dragging to start with.
- when the Hydra gets saturated it doesn’t fly any more
- body dragging is a good experience builder
- on shore wind – wind is blowing in to shore
- off shore wind – wind is blowing away from shore or out to sea
- side shore wind – wind is blowing more or less parallel to the shore line