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Kiteboards and Their Use

Kiteboards and Their Use

If you love kiteboarding and admire the way pro riders perform out on the waves, than it is time to start practicing yourself this wonderful extreme sport. With the proper training, gear and a lot of determination you will soon ride just like the chaps you admire. If you already have a kite and a harness, you need to choose a proper board, suited for your skills and style, and you need to know a little about boards and their usage to pick the perfect one. Basically, there are three types of boards: twin-tip, directional and mutant.

Twin-tip boards are the most popular, efficient and comfortable ones. They use a symmetrical shape, are based on a similar pattern as snowboards or skateboards and rely on edging. Fins can be attached to any of the tips for extra grip, they allow excellent movement on the water and offer all-round performance.

Directional boards resemble a classic surfboard but are pure kiteboards. The rider needs to gybe the board in order to change direction and rely on fins and rails for top performance. Usually they use a tri fin setup.

Mutant boards mix the features of directional and twin-tip ones. They use the concept and fin setup of a directional board for the tail, but have additional fins in the tip, so they can run in both directions without the need of gybes. Mutant boards appeal to riders with a surf or windsurf profile who practice kiteboarding.

All types of boards come in different sizes, and the important thing is to choose one which suits your style and matches your weight. A good choice for the beginner rider is the twin-tip model. It is easier to control, it doesn’t require extra effort to steer and it is very comfortable in most wind and wave conditions. They also can be used for multiple styles and can be used even after the rider progresses and gathers more experience.