Are you looking for a new kiteboard to replace your old one, or are you buying a kiteboard for the first time? There are different types of kiteboards, so consider carefully which type of board you are looking for. In addition, you must also take into account your weight and the type of kitesurfing that you want to practice. And then there are the different brands such as kiteboards from Duotone Kiteboarding - Naish Kiteboarding - Brunotti Kiteboards - Cabrinha Kiteboards
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What should you look out for when buying a kiteboard?
There are many different kiteboards on the market, because there are also many different styles of kite surfing. Depending on your own preferences, what you like, how you go kiteboarding and how much experience you now have with kite surfing, you choose your board on it. In addition, you also pay attention to the conditions in which you want to sail, if you prefer flat and calm inland water, then a completely different kiteboard may be suitable than when you look for the waves.
Finally, it is important to take your own body weight into account. A kiteboard must have sufficient surface area to have water for your body on the water.
For starting kiters, we generally recommend purchasing a somewhat larger board. This gives you more stability, a water start is a bit easier and the board runs well. Often the size for a beginners board is between 135 and 140 cm, with a weight under 90 kg. View the Kiteboard Buying Aid for more information about the dimensions of the board relative to your body weight.
A board without a rocker is also more pleasant for the beginner, because it makes it easier for you to keep up with speed. As a beginner it is best to purchase an all-round or freeride board, because this requires less effort and the learning curve often goes a little faster.
Incidentally, with a beginners board you can also enjoy cruising and occasionally make a jump, so you can go longer with this board than just the beginners period.
What is a kiteboard?
A kiteboard is the surfboard that you use when practicing kitesurfing, in combination with a kite, among other things. Basically a kiteboard is the part in kite surfing which ensures that you stay above the water, as long as you have forward speed. The surface of the board carries your body weight on the water and you can surf the water as long as you have pull of your kite. In relation to a (classic) wave surfboard, the surface of a kiteboard is relatively small. This means that you will sink faster or fall out of imbalance and stability if you try to stand on the water without pull.
What elements does a kiteboard consist of?
The construction of a kiteboard says a lot about the sailing characteristics of the board. For example, a beginner will not be helped with a high rocker, while an advanced kite surfer may not prefer a soft flex board.
Outline of a kiteboard
A kiteboard is an elongated construction that incorporates various elements. Starting with the 'outline' of a kiteboard, this is the shape of the board. The wider the board, the easier you can sail with little wind, thanks to the increased stability.
When the outline is a bit rounder, you can often carve better because it cuts well through the waves. In addition, boards with a round outline are easier to control in their wind conditions and it slides more pleasantly through choppy (messy) water. Boards with a round outline are mainly freeride / all-round oriented and are well suited for beginners.
Boards with a straight outline provide more 'pop' and are therefore mainly freestyle oriented. The straight outline also ensures a more stable board, because the rail makes a lot of contact with the water.
A kind of curve can be observed along the entire length of a kiteboard, with the curve running from one tip to the other. We call this curve the 'rocker', which influences how the board glides or cuts through the water.
If your board has little rocker, there is a larger contact surface with the water. In this way the board will plan faster and build up speed, which fits very well with kitesurfing with light wind. The disadvantage of a board with little rocker is that you will be overpowered faster and therefore have more problems with choppy water. Because your rocker is relatively low, your board is a bit flatter and therefore the chance is greater that you will bite into the water with your tip.
Boards with a lot of rocker are generally a lot slower, making them easy to control in strong winds and during fast / hard landings. Often you will find a lot of rocker on boards that are used for wakestyle kitesurfing. You can read more about this below. Boards with a lot of rocker are very inefficient again with a light wind, because they are a bit slower and slower. In that case we recommend a size smaller if you want to use a large rocker with little wind.
Of course there is also an interim solution; the medium rocker. The vast majority of kiteboards on the market have a medium rocker and performs well enough in every kitesurf style; but it remains a compromise.
On the underside of a kiteboard you can see a curvature that runs from rail to rail (side to side). We call this the 'concave' and it mainly ensures that the water is pushed in a certain direction. This results in a board running better upwind and faster. In general, kiteboards are executed with a single or double concave.
A board with a single concave is faster, edgen better, sails upwind better and provide more control and grip for the kite surfer compared to boards without a concave. You can find a single concave mainly on freeride and beginners boards.
A board with a double concave is a bit stiffer in the middle, has more pop because the water is pushed to the tips and makes softer landings because the water breaks more easily due to the concave. You will find a double concave mainly on freestyle and wakestyle boards.
Flex of a kiteboard
Just like with snowboards and skis you also have to deal with a certain flex with kiteboards. You can feel the flex when you put your board upright and press your hand on the center of the board. The amount of flex is usually subdivided into the categories hard, soft and medium.
Low flex boards can build a lot of pop and are relatively fast. The disadvantage is that the boards are not very comfortable in choppy water. Wakestyle boards generally have little flex, so you can perform more powerful tricks with it.
Boards with a lot of flex are relatively slow, but very comfortable in choppy water. You can often find this on freeride and beginners boards. There is also a middle ground in flex; medium. These boards are often all-round and suitable for the most varied conditions. Freestyle boards often have a medium flex.
What types of kiteboards are there?
Over the years, many different kiteboards have appeared on the market, each of which has been further developed for its own sailing style. The biggest distinction in the kite surfboards is the difference between Twintip, Directional and Courserace boards.
The twin tip is the most used kiteboard, with which you can sail in 2 directions without having to jib, thanks to the (the name says it) tip on both sides of the board. So you don't have to move your feet and you can use both sides as front and back.
At the top there are foot straps and footpads to be able to jump without losing your board and in the middle there is a handle to transport and attract the board. At the bottom of the twin tip you will often find 4 small fins. The twin tip is generally lighter and easy to use.
The dimensions and the flex are very important when purchasing a twin-tip kite surfboard. View the twin tip kiteboards at Eurofuncenter.
A directional kiteboard has a clear front and back, so they cannot be used variably. The board is made to sail one way, which means that you have to jib to change direction. Directional kiteboards are more comparable to wave surfboards and are therefore mainly used when golfing with a kite. A directional is not provided with foot straps as standard, but often these can be placed by yourself. View the directional kiteboards at Eurofuncenter.
Courseracing is relatively new and even more unknown than the other forms of kite surfing. It is a competition specialty within kite surfing, where a course must be completed. Courserace boards are large and have long fins, so that the course can be completed faster.
Which shape board fits which kitesurf style?
These kiteboards are made for comfort. Because the tip and tail are somewhat narrower, the sailing behavior is a bit quieter. You notice that especially when the waves are a bit shorter on each other, these are choppy conditions. With a freeride kiteboard you can eventually go really fast and jump high, making this board suitable for both starting and advanced kite surfers.
Freestylers often look for a board that gives more pop when making jumps. You get this by using a right and stiffer board which is equipped with channels for extra grip and therefore better sales capacity. These boards are lighter than the freeride boards.
These boards are worn both with a strap and without straps and have recently increased considerably in popularity. Wave kiteboards are inspired by wave surf boards and with these forms offer a wonderful wave surf experience and are also nice to ride as a downwinder. Wave boards are generally a lot lighter, which also makes them more vulnerable when you want to jump with them.
Wave kiteboards are often supplied with different types of fin set-ups. A 'thruster setup' has three fins, a 'quad setup' has four fins. The latter lies loosely on the wave and therefore gives a skatey feel, because the rear fin is missing. In addition, a quad setup ensures that a board runs better in height and is generally faster.
These boards are specially designed for surfers who want to perform wakestyle tricks and want to get away with kickers and sliders. The construction method of wakestyle boards is very similar to that of wakeboards ; with a lot of rocker and stiffness, it ensures a lot of pop and soft landings. Wakestyle boards often have reinforced inserts so that they can be sailed with boots. Thanks to the boots you have more control over your board and it is therefore also possible to get a size bigger than you normally would. That 'bigger size' is also recommended, because rocker wakestyle boards often have less low end.
When purchasing your first kite set , you need, in addition to the separate elements that belong to kite surfing (kiteboard, kite , trapeze ), accessories to make kite surfing possible. Belonging to your kite, for example, you can think of lines and a pump , so you also have parts that you purchase with your board. For example, it is good to think about using a kiteboard leash . On the one hand, it is nice to be stuck to your board so that you do not lose it so easily during body wear or during a jump. On the other hand, a leash can also act as a slingshot when your board lands under water and cause the board to pop up too close to you and hit you (hard).
Other important accessories are footstraps and footpads . The combination of these two elements are the connection between your feet and the kiteboard, they can be compared to bindings on a snowboard. You ensure good grip, cornering control and stability on your board.
|Kiter weight||Kiteboard length|
|70 - 80 kg||130 - 136 cm|
|80 - 95 kg||134 - 140 cm|
|> 95 kg||> 138 cm|
The less weight on your feet, the better. So light kiteboards are desirable. That difference is clearly perceptible during the kiting. Fortunately, there are few manufacturers that still make heavy kiteboards.
Sometimes stiff is very tasty. Not always with kiteboards. In the chop it can be experienced as unpleasant and bouncing also invites knee injuries.
The transfer of your input goes via the footstraps. These are therefore decisive for the performance of your kiteboard. It is important that your foot fits in seamlessly so that the board does not shoot off your feet. The straps must therefore be well adjustable, have a good grip and cushion everything.