When it comes to kiteboard gear, there are a plethora of different brands, models and sizes. We try to sort it out and give some general advice in selecting the kite.
A kite is a good start, but once you’ve got into the sport, and you might want a new that is more suitable to your size and skills. When you get tired of standing on the beach where the wind is too much or too little for your size, the right size of kite can do so much difference especially then. There are many who have three or four kites, kites, but two is enough to you to seize on the windiest days.
In Sweden there is often light wind, especially in summer. Start by obtaining your “big” kite. If you are a beginner, it is also appropriate because it is safer to go out with a big kite in low wind than vice versa. Your weight is very important when selecting the kite size. 12m ² is a good maximum size for a rider around 70-80 kgs (divide your weight in pounds by 2.5 to get your weight in kilograms). If you are heavyweights (+90kgs), invest in a 13-14m ². If you are a lightweight (around 55-60kg), you will need a 10-11 square meters as the largest kite.
If you are to opt for the size of the smaller kite, the question is how large it should be between 13 square meters and 9 sq.m. Many people find these smaller sizes to be the most fun to drive as it is faster and easier to move around with. You will need to be an advanced player to choose the smaller kite of course.
There is talk of bow-kites, SLE kites, LEI-kites, foil kites, C kites, hybrid kites and others. All terms relating to a pretty pass. We start with a simple advice.
If you are a beginner, a C-kite is not recommended, choose instead any of the other types; SLE kite, bow-kite, delta kite or hybrid kite. Many different concepts, but they all have one thing in common; they have much less power making it easier and safer for a beginner to get started.
Kite’s properties and suitability for beginners will then more than the model than on the type of kite. Most kite manufacturers have a kite model that is primarily intended for beginners.
If you want to do a deep dive you will find short statement at the end of the article.
Kites are much more fun in the air than in water. As a first kite, it is good to choose a model that is easy to water start. The water start a big kite in light winds requires the right technology, which takes a while to learn.
No kite is good at everything, even if kite’s product info often claim the opposite. Think about the type of riding you will devote yourself to the upcoming season and then select the kite. Just because a kite is beginner-friendly it doesn’t need to be boring. “High Performance” kites are less suitable for beginners because they are uneasy in the air, has explosive force and more difficult to water start. However, it is perfectly fine to run advanced skiing on a beginner-friendly kite.
It may be affordable to buy used when kites have relatively poor resale value. Just be aware that the development of kites has gone very fast even if it has close off slightly in recent years. If you buy a kite from 2009 or newer of the more common brands, you can be sure that you get a good kite with a good security system. Look out for damage and weariness caused by sand and sun. Test and see if it wears well on fabric and seams.