So, you have taken your first few kiteboarding lessons and are hooked! Now, all you need is your own equipment, but are not sure what to buy. Choosing the right equipment for the right conditions can be confusing when you are new to the sport.
The size of the kite that you choose depends on wind speed and body weight. Generally, big kites (i.e., 12 to 15 meters) are more suitable for light wind conditions (12 to 18 knots). Small kites (i.e., 5 to 8 meters) are more suitable for strong wind conditions (25 to 35 knots). Use the chart below to determine the best kite for you given the wind conditions most prevalent where you will be kiting most. We know kites are expensive, so if you are looking to purchase just one, contact us and we will help you decide on the most appropriate kite and size for your skill level and kiteboarding locale.
Finally, quality is key for your safety and enjoyment! Stick to well-known brands like F-One, Manera and Ozone. Not only will your equipment last longer, but you will have a selection of the most cutting edge technologies being introduced to the sport.
When Choosing The Right Kiteboard Size
Choose First Board Size According To Weight
Under 150 Lbs = 136cm-148cm
150 – 200 Lbs = 145cm-160cm
Over 200 Lbs = 150cm-165cm
Add More Length To Board If Learning In Light Wind Areas
Reduce Length If You Have An Extensive Background In Other Board Sports
Final Length Adjustments Made According Each Specific Board’s Rocker, Width, And Outline Shape