Beginner Kiteboard Gear - Choose the Right Equipment Package Print

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:

 

Kites

     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)

Kite Size Chart

100-120

121-150

151-175

176-200

201-225

  226+

Light Wind 11-15 mph

    7 m

    9 m

   11 m

   13 m

   13 m

   15m 

Moderate Wind 16-20 mph

    5 m

    7 m

    9 m 

   11 m

   13 m

   13 m  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Control Bars

     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.

 

Boards

     The board should be big.

Rider Size (lbs)

Board Model Chart 

100-120 

121-150 

151-175 

176-200 

200-225 

   226+ 

Light Wind 11-15 mph

Spleene

Session 139

Spleene

Session 141 

Litewave

Wing 146 

Litewave

Wing 153 

Litewave

Wing 161 

Spleene

Door 164 

Moderate Wind 16-20 mph

Liquid Force

Recoil 136  

 Spleene

Session 139  

Spleene

Session 141

Litewave

Wing 146

Litewave

Wing 153

Litewave

Wing 161 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harnesses

     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

 

Safety Gear

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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