There is a vast amount of kiteboarding equipment. For newcomers to the sport, it can be helpful to break this huge amount of information into smaller chunks. By categorizing gear for kiteboarding, you can quickly see which are the main components.
A kite is vital to kiteboarding. This important component of a kiteboarder’s gear is what catches the wind to propel the boarder. There are many sizes of kites. Additionally, some kites are better suited for different wind and weather conditions. As you research equipment, be sure to understand which kite is best for your needs. It is a great benefit to get the guidance of a kiteboarding teacher or experienced enthusiast.
The two main types of kites are inflatable kites and foil kites. Inflatable kites are the more popular kites. They are easier to launch and readily re-launch from the water. Foil kites were the first kites used in this sport. They resemble paragliding kites and work on a bridle system. They are more powerful, but some kiteboarders feel they are slightly more complicated than the inflatable kites.
Kites also vary in their control systems. Some kites have two lines and others have four lines. Two-line kites are the simplest and easiest for beginners. Four-line kites tend to get tangled more because there are more lines to become intertwined. The four-line control system also has a wider range of wind conditions it will work in.
When considering the various aspects of kiteboarding equipment, the board is one item that is essential. Not all boards are created equal. There are factors that determine the best size and type of board for individuals.
The three main factors used in deciding on a board are weight, style of riding and wind and weather conditions. Riding style and weather conditions fluctuate a lot. Due to variations in weather and riding, most experienced kiteboarders have at least two boards. New boarders often get a nice stable board to learn on and then advance toward a variety of kiteboards when they are ready.
The length and width of the board are important considerations. There are various designs of boards. The board is a very important part of kiteboarding equipment. Variations on the proportions of the board, including the rocker, rails, tip, fins and bottom all make for many, many available options. Bindings are important when it comes to kitesurfing. Bindings are available in footstraps, boots and plates. The particular type of bindings comes down to user preference. Some feel that certain variations are easier to get on and off, such as footstraps. Other kiteboarders prefer the secure feel of boot bindings.
There are additional parts of kiteboarding equipment that complete the gear necessary for this exciting sport. Most kitesurfers use a gear bag designed to hold the items necessary to kiteboard. Wetsuits are important for kiteboarders as are harnesses. Some folks prefer choosing an affordable package deal for their gear. Other boarders find that they get the best fit and usability when they choose each piece of equipment separately due to the vast varieties in size and style of kites and boards.