How to choose and buy a board and a kite for kiteboarding? Check the kite board sizes and types of kitesurfing kites.
First of all, you have to choose the board and kite that fits your weight, height and experience level.
It is very important that you buy yourself a complete sailing course in an official IKO school.
Kitesurfing is an exciting wind sport, but you should respect some basic safety procedures to protect yourself and others.
The most important characteristics of a kite board are the template outline, rocker, board thickness and width, core materials and strap quality.
To convert Kg to Lbs, note that 1kg equals 2,2 lbs.
To convert Meters to Feet, note that 1m equals 3,3ft.
|Kite Board Size Chart||Your Weight||Your Board Size||Your Board Width|
125-150 lbs | 56-68 kg
150-180 lbs | 68-81 kg
180-210 lbs | 81-95 kg
+210 lbs | +95 kg
How to pick the right kite board?
After carefully selecting the right size, it's important to know the main features of a kite board.
Kiteboarding beginners should buy a larger kite board and a smaller kite. It's easier to get used to flotation and balance on a bigger kite board.
Smaller kites will get less wind and power and kiteboard beginners will have more control over the equipment. Trainer kites are also great.
Intermediate and advanced kiteboarders also need larger kite boards and kites, when wind is too low, for example, in summer days.
If you've already surfed or windsurfed, try to ride with a smaller kite board.
Buying two different kite boards and kites - small and large model - will allow you to ride in totally different wind conditions and will definitely improve your kiteboarding skills, just like a balanced surf quiver in surfing.
What are the main types of kitesurfing kites?
There are five main types of kiteboarding kites:
The first and original inflatable kitesurfing kite. Features square corners in a C-shaped arc when launched. The C Kite gets its shape from the kite lines, which are attached at the four corners of the kite.
The Bow Kite is an innovative concave kitesurfing kite with an almost flat look, after being launched in the skies. Sometimes it is called "flat kite" and its shape offers a near 100% de-power and large wind range features.
The Hybrid kiteboarding kite is a fusion of the best characteristics of the C Kite and the Bow Kite. There a great number of Hybrid Kite variations and some are almost identical to its inspirational kites.
Supported Leading Edge (SLE) Kite
The Supported Leading Edge (SLE) is a kite that has bridles attached to its leading edge. Both Hybrid Kites and Bow Kites are considered SLE kites because they have bridles.
A Foil Kite doesn't have air bladders. A classic foil kite is made of open cells that breath air and inflate the kite. Therefore, it can't get in the water and is usually used as a beginner kiteboarding kite to train on the beach.
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