User login

The Kiteboard

Kiteboarding board

Kiteboards are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes. The most popular and easier to use by beginners is the twin tip board. It rides forwards and backwards equally well since it is has a symmetrical shape. They come equipped with medium or small fins which provide a smooth slide across the water. The boards’ shape and characteristics depend on the particular style for which they are crafted. For instance short, wide boards with increased rocker are great at freestyle, while narrower ones with a flatter rocker have extra grip and pop.

The mutant boards have a specific nose and tail and feature big fins under the tail and small ones under the nose. A mutant board can also be ridden forwards and backwards by skilled riders.

The directional boards resemble to surfboards and are the perfect choice for waveriding and big air.

Before jumping on the board you must strap on your harness. Seat harnesses are recommended for beginner riders as they offer better back support.  Waist harnesses offer on movement restrictions and are preferred by more experienced riders.
Also you might want to equip your wetsuit, boots, gloves and helmet on, depending on the area you ride in. They will keep you warm and prevent rashes or injuries.

Before setting out on the waves consult the kite’s windrange chart. Usually it is calculated for a ride weighting around 80 kilograms. Lighter riders may want to choose smaller kite sizes, while heavier ones can choose larger sizes.

Previous kiteboarding tutorial: Body Dragging. Next one: The Waterstart.

Back to: The Newcomer's Handbook to Kiteboarding.