Sunday, March 30, 2014

How to Choose the Best Kitesurfing Equipment (Part Three)

Part 3: Tips on Choosing The Best Kiteboarding Gear for You:
 Skill Level, Brands, How Many Kites to Buy and Dealing with Used Kitesurfing Gear

So now you are completely prepared for tips and tricks on choosing the best type of gear that suits your particular needs.

Buying kiteboarding gear with no appropriate training will result in you having to deal with equipment that might not be exactly for you, so don’t hurry to make a decision. First, get lessons from a quality school and become an independent kiter. Failing to do so might turn out to be quite dangerous for you, for your brand new purchase and for other beachgoers. 

1. Can I choose the right type of kiteboarding equipment based on my skill level?

You can find appropriate equipment for your level of kitesurfing skills. If you are a beginner, you might want to choose kiteboarding gear that can bring you from beginner to intermediate level, without being too difficult for you to use. If you are a kiter with intermediate skills, you will seek to become more advanced and therefore should look for more technical kitesurfing equipment. Advice from an instructor and or a skilled kiter friend can be helpful, but watch out for those who are too focused on the brand they like, pretending it's the best: they’ll try to involve you in their fan club, and you might loose a chance to try different products.

2. Which type of kite should I choose if I am a beginner?

Modern power kites have evolved and reached great depower capabilities, which are very recommended for beginners. Of course, not all models have the same standards. So if you have finished your kitesurfing lessons recently and you aren't an expert, you’ll want to have a kite with the best depower capability such a Bow Kite, a Delta or a Hybrid kite, which guarantee full or at least high depower standards. C-shape kites have to be avoided if you are just starting, because even if the modern versions of this type have significantly increased their depower level, these kites are much more technical and less forgiving.

3How many kites should I buy?

This is a controversial question. Many brands state that having one kite only is perfectly enough, due to the incredible wind range they have, but I find it hard to believe that you can safely ride and have fun with the same kite with 13 knots as well as with 35 knots. So when buying your kitesurfing gear, I recommend to look for a set of at least a two kites. Choose the size depending on your weight, the type of a kite (a Bow kite has normally much more power than a C-kite of the same size) and wind conditions at your local spot. Most common combinations I encountered are: 7-8/11 m, 9/12 m, 10/14 m and so on.

4. What should I keep in mind when buying a used kitesurfing gear?

When buying a used kiteboarding equipment, I normally recommend to buy kites complete with their own bars: using different type of bar is not advisable for non-experienced kitesurfers, who will have difficulties in trimming the kite. Also, the safety systems on any bar are normally designed for their specific type of a kite, and might not be fully compatible with different brands or types. If you buy a used kite, it might happen that the bar will be “switched.” I suggest to avoid these, and to go for a complete kite-bar set, designed to work together by the manufacturer.

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Here you can find out how to choose a kiteboarding kite and distinguish between different types
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Date published: 03/30/2014
Date Update: 04/18/2014