Purchase guide for beginners’ kitesurf equipment

As a kitesurf beginner, the choice for kitesurf equipment is very broad and it is often difficult to differentiate between them. Indeed, how to pick the right kitesurfing wing or board? Here is an article that explains the major trends in kitesurf equipment and will guide you through your next steps.

Purchase guide for kitesurfing wings: the hybrid type

Now you can control a kite, you now know how to go upwind and you want to evolve with your own equipment.  But how do you choose a kitesurfing wing?

Many brands exist on the market and offer different programs, some more attractive than others. One tip is to avoid kitesurfing wings in C-shapes that are often too fast and too technical for a beginner. These are models primarily dedicated to the practice of freestyle and have a smaller range of use.

We must opt ​​for so-called hybrid wings, which combine the characteristics of c-shapes and flat wings (Bow-kites or SLE), we are talking here about flanged wings. They offer a good compromise between performance / accessibility, and will accompany you throughout your progress. Indeed, you will not be limited by the performance of your wing and it is only when you have reached a certain level that you will be able to feel a real difference from one wing to another.

 

Therefore should we invest in new equipment?

If you have the means, do not hesitate, especially since we can find lots of affordable packs. If your budget is tight and you want to invest in used equipment, try to do it through a specialised store. You will benefit from valuable advice and a partner of choice in case of problems. Unlike many other sports, a kitesurf kite has a lifetime related to its use and maintenance. A specialist will be particularly good at estimating the value of a wing according to these criteria.

 

What kitesurfing wing size?

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What kitesurfing wing size for a beginner?

Table for “normal” wind speeds from 12 to 20 knots:

  • 50 – 60 Kg: 9 m²
  • 60 – 70 Kg: 9 – 11 m²
  • 70 – 80 Kg: 12 – 13 m²
  • 80 – +90 Kg: 14 – 15 m²

 

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Purcahse guide for kitesurfing boards: the twin-tip

In your kitesurf equipment, this topic is rather particular, because the board must match the wing you are going to buy. If your board is too fast compared to your wing, you will always feel that you have to pull it. It will stay locked in the middle of the plane and you will not rise well in the wind. Conversely, a fast wing with a slow board will require you to work your wing permanently (as if you had no power). Therefore, the wing-board component has a particular importance. Again, go to a pro who will ask you what wings you have before they sell you a board.

There are free-ride, freestyle, wave, race and surfing boards … but as a beginner you will want to choose an all-terrain and multi-purpose board: a twin-tip model. It must be quite long – between 140 and 150 cm and quite wide – between 41 cm and 45 cm (gauge between 75-85kg). Its lift must allow you to navigate in light weather. It will accompany you throughout your progress in kitesurf thanks to a rocker and a moderate flex. You must remembered that the length of a board influences accessibility and stability. The width influences the heading and the departure to the planning. There are plenty of beginners’ boards available if you do not want to invest too much money. The same goes for choosing a wing; do not hesitate to contact a competent store that will guide you to a suitable model.

 

What kitesurf board size based on my weight?

  • You weight 60/65 kg: 130-138cm in length  40-39cm in width
  • You weight 70/75 kg: 132-145cm in length 43-40cm in width
  • You weight 80/85 kg: 132-150cm in length 45-42cm in width

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