Buy a kite surf kite?
A kite surfing kite comes in many shapes and sizes. To buy the right kite you have to ask yourself a few things. Of course you have gone through all the forums and you have had varying opinions on the waterfront. What are the options. Your kite for years and meanwhile knows what you need. You go through all brand websites and you have made your choice. Then it's easy. You look for the kite you want, click on add to cart and the next day you are pumping your kite to go on the water. The other option is that you are not sure. Which kite is suitable for me and what kind of kite I am actually. And what kind of kites do I actually need. To give some relief in the forest of supply, we give some practical tips so that you can determine what you need for yourself.
Kites and the underlying technology
Over the years a lot has changed in the kite technique. Where a few years ago you were still heavily overpowered in the gusts of wind, you simply continue sailing happily. This is due to the fantastic depower of the current kites, as soon as you push your bar away from you, the kite loses almost all its power. Not every kite has the same depower range and this will therefore differ between models and brands. Nowadays there are roughly 3 types of kite models on the market that differ from each other in terms of shape and sailing characteristics. In addition, you also have a difference in the relaunch of kites, for example you have four- and five-line kites that both require a different approach.
First some terms:
- Struts are the ribs of the kite and give this extra strength
- Tube is the inflatable part that gives shape to the leading edge
- Leading edge is the front of the kite
- Trailing edge is the back of the kite
- Bridle is the cord work the kite is connected to
- Depower - this takes the power out of your kite, so that the wind range per kite is much greater
These are kites in the shape of a C that do not have bridles. These kites are only suitable for advanced kiters and have been loved by many freestyle riders for years. C-kites are loved by their direct bar feeling, constant pressure, speed, stability and large dead moment. C-kites, however, have a lot less depower than SLE / Bow kites and will punish a kiter faster and harder in case of a steering error. That is why we advise beginners not to start with a C-kite, beginners can better start with an SLE / Bow kite or a Hybrid kite.
SLE / Bow kites:
Unlike C-kites, SLE (Supported Leading Edge) kites do have bridles and are also a lot flatter in the air. SLE kites have excellent depower properties thanks to the bridle and have a good low-end thanks to the flat profile. Sle kites are therefore perfect for beginning kiters who are looking for a kite that is easy to fly so that you can make progress quickly.
The hybrid kites have not been on the market for very long and are a mix of the best of both worlds. These kites have the shape of a C-kite and the bridle of a Sle kite. Hybrid kites have the depower and relaunch properties of an SLE and the explosiveness of a C-kite.
A freeride kite has everything you need to enjoy cruising over the water and taking the occasional jump. A freeride kite often has a good depower and is often "sheet in and go". A freeride kite has good relaunch properties and is often used as the kite with which you take the first steps after your kite course. But a freeride kite is also used by experienced kiters who are looking for a kite with which they can do everything. Kiters that cannot be placed in one box immediately.
The name says it all. A wave kite is for surfing. This is of course the pinnacle of kiteboarding. How fat is it to completely destroy waves. The purpose of a Wave kite is to withdraw every wave after which you can do your magic with waveriding. What you want from a kite is that it drifts with you, without falling out of the sky. In the meantime, you rip the waves and when you're done, pull on to cross again and do the trick again.
A freestyle kiter is the one who wants to go high and fast. Is not afraid to try a few tricks where the outcome is not certain. To achieve this, you need an aggressive kite that turns fast and has enough pulling power to perform your tricks. Freestyle kites are often the C-Kites because they provide a lot of power with jumping and in turns. Easy hooking is a plus with a freestyle kite. If you think that a Freestyle kite is a little too high, then the Hybrid kite is a good alternative.
Light weather kite
A light weather kite is specially made for kiting with light wind conditions. Of course, these kites are larger than an average kite with a lighter bow so that they can catch a lot of wind. Light-weather kites often also have fewer struts for saving weight. A light weather kite is often larger than 12 square meters so that you can already sail with an 8-9 knots. The combination with a foil kiteboard is ideal in this. In that combination you can almost always go on the water. The kite is very stable, but because of its size it is less easy to turn in the air.
Differences in kitebars
Each brand has its own vision of a kitebar, but basically they consist of a few standard parts.
- Control bar
- Chicken loop
- 4 or 5 lines between the 20 - 24 meter length
- 4 lines is the standard, 5 lines are mainly used with C-Kites where the middle line is used as extra safety. SLE kites don't need that
- Depower line
- Kitebar bars often have a length
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