The site I've found with the most info about kiteboarding is www.sskiteboarding.com --It's pretty sweet and they do a nice overview of stuff. At the same time, I am just as curious and clueless as you are though. I wrote to ss asking if a regular wakeboard would suffice and what type of kite would be both a good trainer and starter kite. It seems that you really need to buy a trainer first and learn to fly a power kite before you buy one that can actually get you riding. This is all speculation though, ss never got back to me, and my interest kind of faded. If you find out anything on your own, let me know. Good luck. Peace.