How to choose a board

Twiin-Tip has become the standard of modern kite surfing, let's take a look at the pros and cons:

+ dimensions, easy to insert into the car and transported by plane
+ good for jumping, has relatively little weight
+ easy operation
+ there is no need to switch legs when changing direction
+ small fins are good in shallow water

 

- the form is not sufficient for waves
- smaller wind range than unidirectional boards
- Factors to consider when choosing a Twin Tip:

Shorter boards require more wind than long boards and vice versa. Shorter boards are good for jumping, and longer ones are more stable at high speeds.

 Size and weight of the rider:

 First advice for beginners, the bigger the board, the easier it is to learn to ride!

If the weight is less than 70 kg, the board size will be in the range of 136-148 cm.

Medium-sized people weighing 70-90 kg prefer a range of 145-160 cm.

Riders weighing more than 90 kg will be satisfied whose board length will not be less than 150 to 165 cm.

 

Given the existing board dimensions, the relationship between board length and weight will be as follows:

 

Rider weight x board size

45 kg

120 – 127cm

50 kg

127 – 130cm

60 kg

130 – 132cm

70 kg

132 – 135cm

80kg

135 – 138cm

90kg

138 – 140cm

100+ kg

140 – 147cm

 

* If you live in a light wind zone, it is better to have a special kiteboard for light winds measuring 150-160 cm.

 

This weight x size layout is universal. Each rider has individual needs. 

2) Average wind force 

Another variable is calculated taking into account the average wind force at the place where you will ride most often. If you are learning in a place where the wind is mostly weak, it is logical that you need to have a board whose range will be slightly high due to your weight. Therefore, if the winds are strong, then you can use a smaller board in proportion to your weight. 

3) Riding style 

Which style you choose for yourself will undoubtedly influence the choice of kiteboard. If it is a freeride ride, in other words a simple ride, without special success, you should follow the information from the first point and choose the kiteboard according to the weight. If driving forwards and backwards is no longer interesting for you, but you want to jump, ride fast, dynamics and speed, then you have to reduce the size of the kiteboard by a few centimeters. Keep in mind, however, that in the initial stages of training it will be difficult to learn on such a kiteboard, but then when you gain experience, this board will be irreplaceable. 

4) Kiteboard forms, rocker, width, profile 

We turn to subtleties that are no less important, but at first glance invisible, because from these values, the efficiency of the kiteboard may decrease or increase. 

Rocker (bottom bend from tip to tip) 

A kiteboard with a large rocker has a smaller area of ​​contact with water, which makes it easier to perform tricks, but requires more drag of the kite. Flatter kiteboards with a less pronounced rocker have a larger area of ​​contact with water, which facilitates sidetracking and requires less kite drag, but performing tricks on this kiteboard is much more difficult. 

Width 

The average width of the kiteboard ranges from 40 to 45 cm. The width of the kiteboard and its length, the interdependent values, and if one value changes, the other also changes, that is, the longer the board, the wider, and this is very important to understand when choosing a kiteboard. For example, if you are considering a kiteboard less than 40 cm wide, you should understand that you will have to consider adding a certain length. You can also reduce the length of the kiteboard if your kiteboard is very wide. It should also be understood that the wider the kiteboard, the heavier the rider will be able to ride it.

Kiteboard strength 

The strength of a kiteboard depends mainly on the composition of the materials that make up its whole. This also affects the weight of the kiteboard, which is currently also a very important factor. The stronger the board, the better it goes into the wind and it is better to dream to jump, but the worse it absorbs small waves (Chop), it is felt by vibrations on the feet. On the other hand, a soft board absorbs waves better, but on the contrary, it is worse when jumping 

Profile shape - outline 

The outline of a kiteboard is the shape of its profile. If your board is wide in the middle and tapers from center to end, it will push out much less water than if the board is evenly wide in both the center and the ends. The body of the board, which displaces more water, will require less drag of the kite, and therefore on such a kiteboard the rider can ride with great weight and less wind force.

 

Our tip: The best option when buying a kiteboard is to buy one large and one smaller board. This is a much more rational decision than buying one medium-sized board. 

And now we will explain why: 

On a large and wider kiteboard, it is much easier to learn, because it does not require a large kite move, suitable for longer stays on the surface without falling into the water immediately, these are the most common beginner's mistakes, but the width of the kiteboard forgives these mistakes.

Large kiteboards allow you to get into the weaker summer wind.

Two kiteboards of different sizes expand the wind range of your kite. Boards are cheaper, so you save a lot. A light wind (or novice) is a great kiteboard. Strong wind (or jumping) - a small kiteboard.

Small boards are much better for freestyle (jumping and tricks) and large boards are suitable for freeriding (long distance riding).

Verdict: 

Before buying the first record: 

Decide on a budget to purchase one or more boards.

Decide on the driving destinations that you set for yourself.

Determine the level of training and driving.

Read the slider weight plate size information.

In the final selection phase, pay attention to the kiteboard rocker, its width, outline and profile.