Besides a good kite, a kiteboard that suits you well is essential during kite surfing. Having said that, you will have to pay attention to finding the best board for you. To make it a little easier for you, we have listed it in a few variants so that you can find your way around the forest of offerings. First you will determine which type of board you think you need. There is a choice of freeride boards, freestyle boards and wave kite boards.
These kit boards are made for comfort. Because the tip and tail are somewhat narrower, the sailing behaviour is a bit calmer. This is especially noticeable when the waves are a bit shorter together, also called choppie conditions. With a freeride kiteboard you can end up going very hard and jumping high. This makes it suitable for both beginners 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 equipped with channels. This ensures extra grip in the water and therefore better distribution capacity. They are lighter than the Freeride kiteboards. The straighter shape also gives the board more grip in the water.
A type of board that is growing in popularity. It is sailed with both straps and strapless. These shapes inspired by golf surfboards are made for great golfing, but also enjoy a downwinder, for example. Jumping with the board is possible, but lightweight construction can damage the board.
Dimensions of your kiteboard
The size of your new kiteboard depends on a number of variables. First of all, your skills as a kiter. You can walk around on a kiteboard. Then you have your weight. You understand that with 125 kilos you can't stand on a 135 kiteboard. The rule is that a small board rotates faster and a larger board plans faster. You see an increasing trend that the kit boards are being used a bit more widely.
Table for weight / length of kiteboard
|Weight kiter||Length kiteboard|
|70 - 80 kg||130 - 136cm|
|80 - 95 kg||134 - 140cm|
The less weight is attached to your feet, the better. So light glue boards are desirable. This difference is clearly noticeable during kiting. Fortunately, there are few manufacturers who make even heavier kit boards.
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 a determining factor for the performance of your kiteboard. It is important that your foot fits seamlessly into it so that the board does not shoot off your feet. The straps must therefore be easily adjustable, have a good grip and cushion everything.