|Beginner Kiteboard Gear - Choose the Right Equipment Package|
Gear for the First Time Kiteboarder, and How to Choose It.
To The Point:
Go to your local kiteboarding shop and ask. Generally, they will be able to better asses things like your: skill level, experience, local gear trends and kiteboarding conditions.
The Detailed Explanation:
When learning to kite, you should be flying a smaller kite than an advanced rider, and a bigger board. You should have to move your kite up and down to generate power. Check with the table below for an idea of what kite size to consider when going out on your own for the first times.
The safety and learning speed for the first timer is much improved with the newer style SLE and Bow kites, which hit the market late 2005. The current SLE and Bow kites offer undeniable advantages over older kites and are a faster and safer entrance into the sport for many people.
Pilot Size (lbs)
The bar should have safety releases that are easy to activate and reset, for both the chicken loop, and kite leash. Test these over and over so you don't hesitate when you do need to activate one.
Make sure your bar size matches that of your kite. All brands have at least two sizes of bars, some have three. Bigger kite, bigger bar.
The board should be big.
Rider Size (lbs)
Number one complaint on harnesses is that they are just plain uncomfortable. The second biggest complaint is that the spreader bar rides up. Find a harness that fits you and the contours of your body. Not everyone is shaped the same and not all brands or models have the same sizes or contours. Try on several harnesses while you are taking lessons or in a kite shop and pick the one that feels the best for you
Helmet - Required if you are riding on any land based surface, if you are wearing a board leash, or if you are riding sliders or kickers.
Hook Knife - Recommended if you are riding surf and/or wakeboard bindings. This is included with some harnesses. If it isn't included, there will usually be a pocket for a hook knife, so you can buy one separately and keep it with you while you are riding.
Impact Vest - Recommended if you are attempting any new tricks, or just need some extra floatation or padding for crashes.
Life Jacket - Recommended if you are kiting in fresh water of any sort.
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