Kiteboards: discover the best twin tips, kite surfboards, and foilboards in the market | Photo: Shutterstock

Whether you're a free rider, freestyler, slalom racer, big air, wave addict or speed kiteboarder, you'll need them under your feet. Kiteboards allow you to plane across the surface of the water.

Kiteboard are not equal. When you're searching the right board for your physical attributes (height and weight) and level of experience, you'll find planks with different sizes and shapes.

The world's best kiteboard manufacturers develop models that will improve and optimize the landings, the pop, and the carving in the water. However, the best kiteboard is always the one you feel most comfortable with.

The most popular kiteboards are twin tips because they excel in a broad range of conditions and situations. However, the industry has been introducing new models for niche markets - strapless surfboards for wave riding, race boards for slalom, and hydrofoil kiteboards for foil boarding.

Ideally, if you own two kiteboards, you will cover the most common riding conditions - a smaller and narrower twin tip for high winds and tricks, and a bigger kiteboard for the light breeze.

Remember that a kiteboard is not wakeboard, and vice versa. Although technically you can ride a wakeboard and a kite, it is not recommended because wake bindings and wind power don't combine.

Our favorite kiteboards for the 2016/2017 season are:

Cabrinha Kiteboards

Cabrinha Kiteboards

The "Ace" by Cabrinha is the most versatile twin tip designed by the brand. It is sturdy, lightweight, responsive, and its double concave allows for early planing. A great kiteboard for all riders.

The "Xcaliber" by Cabrinha is kiteboard for freestyle kiteboarders willing to compete at the highest level. It features a stiff flex pattern, and a rocker line built for speed.

The "CBL" by Cabrinha is the ultimate kiteboard for wake style and cable park riding. The flat center allows you to hit any obstacle - ramps, rails, and kickers.

The "Spectrum" by Cabrinha is a kiteboard for multiple riding styles. It will perform well in choppy waters and has an excellent upwind performance.

The "Tronic" by Cabrinha is a fantastic kiteboard for wave kitesurfers. Its narrow and flexible tips allow for aggressive carves and powerful airs.

The "Stylus" by Cabrinha is the brand's answer to light winds. The kiteboard features a flat rocker line, an extra wide outline and smaller fins for minimum planing conditions.

The "Double Agent" by Cabrinha is a kiteboard with two faces - one for foil boarding, and another one for surf skate and wake surfing.

North Kiteboarding Kiteboards

North Kiteboarding Kiteboards

The "Gambler" by North Kiteboarding is a board made for wake style and cable park riders. It's tough, hard flex, and features a huge rocker for absolute landing control.

The "Jaime" by North Kiteboarding in an all-around kiteboard designed for unhooked and hooked in riding. It features wide tips for great pop and carbon beam construction for additional response.

The "Gonzales" by North Kiteboarding is a free riding kiteboard. Its round outline improves control, and the soft flex creates a smooth and forgiving ride.

The "Spike" by Kiteboarding is another free ride model but, because of its enormous surface area and weight, it is the best kiteboard for light winds.

Liquid Force Kiteboards

Liquid Force Kiteboards

The "Drive" by Liquid Force offers the perfect balance between value and performance. for progression, staying upwind, jumping, and doing air transitions.

The "Carbon Element" by Liquid Force features a honeycomb top and bottom bi-axis carbon weave that will deliver everything a freestyler needs.

The "Legacy" by Liquid Force offers a thin and light design inspired by the brand's best-seller "Influence." It features a progressive rail concave, a full double concave, and a flex profile.

Slingshot Kiteboards

Slingshot Kiteboards

The "Refraction" by Slingshot is a crossover kiteboard for cable park enthusiasts. Get ready for an aggressive rocker, stiff flex and a thick and durable Dura-Glide base. With or without boots, you will always generate a lot of power.

The "Karolina" by Slingshot is a pro model by world kiteboarding champion Karolina Winkowska. It was designed for aggressive female riders and promises great load and pop, big airs and soft landings.

The "Misfit" by Slingshot is a kiteboard for experienced riders with special needs in all types of conditions. It features a mild rocker and a relatively stiff flex pattern.

The "Crisis" by Slingshot is the perfect pick for the casual kiteboarder who seeks a light feel under his feet. The board performs very well upwind, but it also excels in freestyle mode.

Ocean Rodeo Kiteboards

Ocean Rodeo Kiteboards

The "Mako Duke" by Ocean Rodeo is a funboard that can be set up with three distinct fin combinations. With 25.3 liters, it features a deep concave and a rounded outline.

The "Mako Jester" by Ocean Rodeo is similar to "Mako Duke" but it was designed for lighter riders and kiteboarders who enjoy pulling tricks in the waves.

The "LT-138" by Ocean Rodeo is a classic high-performance freestyle kiteboard for aggressive riders. It features bottom channels and a three-stage rocker.

The "Origin" by Ocean Rodeo is a special model designed for riders who spend a lot of time in choppy waters. A forgiving kiteboard real world wind and wave conditions.

Naish Kiteboards

Naish Kiteboards

The "Monarch" by Naish is a kiteboard made for radical freestyle enthusiasts. If features a 3D bottom shape, deep channels in the tips and the rails, and 10-degree angle fin platform for superior grip.

The "Motion" by Naish is an all-around kiteboard that will allow you to stomp a few tricks, and ride waves. It features a full rocker and responsive flex for all types of riding.

The "Orbit" by Naish was designed for those who need to excel in light wind conditions. The refined outline will get you planing in marginal conditions.

The "Grom" by Naish is a kiteboard for kids wishing to get their riding from a beginner to an advanced level. It features a free ride rocker for early planing.


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The kiteboard review has been updated on April 16, 2017.