Kiteboarding kites: safe, durable, and made for freestyle, slalom and waves

Kitesurfing kites are the most important piece of gear a kiteboarder owns. Discover the best kites for first-timers, and intermediate-to-advanced riders.

Buying a kitesurfing kite is never easy, and it represents an important investment. If you're buying a new wing, get a kite that is durable, safe, functional, and that might be useful for, at least, a couple of years.

There are two main types of kites: inflatable and foil kites. If you already own one or more kites, you should buy one that will work as a backup for different riding conditions and for racing, slalom or freestyle sessions.

In the last decade, new kiteboarding kites arrive in the market with additional safety mechanisms, and more intelligent technology. Kite launching, piloting and landing‎ is easier and safer than ever.

Trainer kites are the best option for beginner kiteboarders. These power kite packages are designed to help novice riders learn how to control a kite up in the sky.

Bladders, zippers, depowering and emergency release systems are some of the main features you'll find in entry models. The most popular trainer kites measure between three and 3.5 square meters.

The "Slingshot B2" and "B3" trainer kites are quite popular and can be yours for $119 and $219, respectively.

The "Flexifoil Control" is responsive, predictable, and very easy to fly. It is one of the best models for first-timers.

The "HQ Rush V Pro 350 Trainer Kite" offers amazing power and fun with effortless third line relaunch. It is extremely stable and easy to fly in low winds, with a third line provides the safety system and the ability to reverse launch, making it perfect for beginner riders.

Intermediate and experienced kiteboarders demand performance, power and responsiveness and, at a higher level, small gear details matter. Top quality kites for kiteboarding experience riders can reach 20 square meters, depending on wind conditions. The pro kite division is led by the high-end kitesurfing brands.

The "Liquid Force Envy" is one of the best kites available in the market. It offers a delta-hybrid profile with three-strut design and fast turning capabilities. It is known for its versatility and ease of use, whether you're a beginner to pro. A great choice if you have $1,599.

The "North Kiteboarding Vegas" is the perfect C-kite for freestyle and wake-style riders. It offers an extremely stiff and durable outline with better lift and even more aggressive pop. Only $1,144.

The "Cabrinha Chaos" is always an intelligent choice, and it was designed to handle your training workload and deliver results. Its superior wind range is a big advantage over its rivals. You can throw a kite loop with the tightest arc possible for $1,329.

The "Cabrinha Switchblade" is an all around kite for the savvy rider that wants the highest performance, most versatile, top quality construction kite on the market. Yours for $1,129.

The "F-One Bandit" is has been refined for a decade. The latest model features a squarer outline, less lateral pull, and a smooth, homogeneous but powerful traction.

The "Slingshot Rally Kite" delivers maximum range, instant de-power, effortless relaunch and precise handling, for only $1,249.

The "Ocean Rodeo Flite" is the lightest kite the brand has ever made. It offers riders of all levels an explosive and dynamic kite designed for tight snappy turns, big lofty jumps and loops that won’t kill you if you miss the landing.


The kitesurfing kite review has been updated on February 16, 2017.

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