Besides a good kite, a kiteboard that is right for you is essential during kitesurfing. That said, you will therefore have to pay the necessary attention to finding the best board for you. To make it easier for you, we have listed it in a few variants so that you can get familiar with the forest of supply. First you decide which type of board you think you need. There is a choice of freeride boards, freestyle boards and wave kite boards.
These kiteboards are made for comfort. Because the tip and tail are somewhat narrower, the sailing behavior is a bit calmer. You notice that especially when the waves are a bit shorter, also known as choppy conditions. With a freeride kiteboard you can eventually go terribly fast and jump high. This makes it suitable for both starting and advanced kite surfers.
Freestylers look for a board that gives more pop when jumping. You get this by making a right and stiffer board and what is provided with channels. This provides extra grip in the water and therefore better sales capacity. They are lighter than the Freeride kiteboards. Due to the straighter shape, the board also has more grip in the water.
A type of board that is increasing in popularity. This is sailed with both straps and strapless. These waveforms inspired on wave surfboards are made to ride golf, but also go well with a downwinder for example. Jumping with the board is possible, but the light construction can damage the board.
Size of your kiteboard
The size of your new kiteboard depends on a number of variables. first of your skills as a kiter. You can get out of your feet on a kiteboard. Then you have your weight. You understand that with 125 kilos you will not stand on a 135 kiteboard. The rule is that a small board rotates faster and a larger board planes faster. You see an increasing trend that the kiteboards are deployed a little bigger.
Table for weight / height kiteboard
|70 - 80 kg
||130 - 136cm
|80 - 95 kg
||134 - 140cm
|> 95 kg
The less weight there is on your feet the better. So light kiteboards are desirable. That difference is clearly felt during kiting. Fortunately, there are few manufacturers who still make heavy kiteboards.
Sometimes it is very tasty. Not always with kiteboards. In the chop it can be experienced as unpleasant and the bouncing also invites knee injuries.
The transfer of your input goes via the footstraps. These are therefore co-determining for the performance of your kiteboard. It is important that your foot fits seamlessly so that the board does not shoot from your feet. The straps must therefore be well adjustable, have good grip and reduce the noise.
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