You have a kitesurf kite in many shapes and sizes. To buy the right kite you have to ask yourself a few questions. Of course you have spiked all the forums and on the waterfront you have had varying opinions. What are the options? Your kite has been kite for years and knows what you need. You spit through all brands of websites and have made your choice. Then it is easy. You search for the kite you want to have, click add to shopping cart and the next day you'll be pumping up your kite to get into the water. The other option is that you are not really sure. Which kite is suitable for me and what kind of kite I am actually. And what kind of kites I actually need. In order to give some relief in the forest of offerings, we give some practical tips so that you can determine what you need for yourself.
Kites and the technology behind it
Over the years quite a lot has changed in kite technology. Where a few years ago you were still heavily overpowered in the gusts of wind a few years ago, you can now 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. There are currently roughly 3 types of kite models on the market that differ from each other in shape and sailing characteristics. In addition, you have a difference in the relaunch of kites, so you have four and five line kites that both ask for 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 the leading edge shape.
Leading edge is the front of the kite
Trailing edge is the back of the kite
Bridle is the choral work to which the kite is connected.
Depower - takes the power out of your kite so that the wind range per kite becomes much larger.
These are kites in the form 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 barge sensation, constant pressure, speed, stability and large dead moment. However, C-kites have a lot less depower than SLE/ Bow kites and will punish a kiter faster and harder in case of a steering error. Therefore, we recommend that beginners should not start with a C-kite, but beginners should start with a 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 due to the flat profile. Sle kites are therefore perfect for novice kiters looking for a kite that's easy to fly so you can quickly make progress.
The hybrid kites are not that long on the market 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 a SLE and the explosiveness of a C-kite.
A freeride kite has everything you need to cruise over the water and occasionally take a jump. A freeride kite often has a good depower and is often "sheet in and go". A freeride kite has good relaunch characteristics 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 directly in one box.
The name says it all. A wave kite is to waveride. This is of course the pinnacle of kiteboarding. How fat is it to slash waves completely broken. The goal of a Wave kite is to retract you every wave after which you can do your magic with wavelengths. What you want from a kite is that it drift with you, without falling out of the air. Meanwhile, 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. It is not afraid to try a few tricks that the outcome is not certain. To achieve this, you need an aggressive kite that rotates quickly and has enough pulling power to be able to perform your tricks. Freestyle kites are often the C-Kites because they provide a lot of power with jumping and cornering. Easily hooking out is an advantage at a freestyle kite. If you think a Freestyle kite is a bit too high, then the Hybrid kite is a good alternative.
Light weather kite
A light weather kite is specially made for kites with light wind conditions. Of course, these kites are bigger than a average.