Kiteboarding Kite Size Guide
The most common burning question we receive is which size kiteboarding kite to buy. There is a lot of hype surrounding this question, but here is the simple truth. To cover the wind range you will have to have more than one kite and board. You will have a “bread and butter” kite that is the most used kite in the quiver and that is the kite that you would want to purchase first.
You should buy this most usable kite first and then go out in lighter winds and practice in under powered conditions. this is of course after you take a lesson and learn the steps needed to water start on your own and ride. These under powered conditions allow you to focus on working the kite and board together in harmony and develop skills that will be crucial when you start riding under more kite power.
Later, you will want to buy a kite for the higher wind days.
Later, you will want to buy a kite for the lower wind days.
So you will wind up with a quiver that will look something like this:
- High Winds – Something that is around the 6.3 projected/8.5 actual square meter size.
(20 – 25 mph)
- Medium Winds – Something that is around the 9.4 projected/12 actual square meter size.
(15 – 20 mph)
- Low Winds – Something that is around the 12 projected/16 actual square meter size.
(10 – 15 mph)
The actual wind range of the kites will greatly depend on the pilots weight, board size/type, and skill. Sizes will vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer, but this is ideal quiver for 80% of all pilots.
Your most unusable kite depends on the wind range that is most common in your area. Low, medium, or high winds? Buy that kite first and practice in lower winds with a larger board. Your first kiteboard should be the larger board and then plan to buy a smaller board later.
For medium and lower winds it is more important to have a high lift with low drag so that it is easier to go upwind in the lighter winds. This is where you spend money on the higher aspect ration kites.
Have a question about kiteboarding that you’d like answered? Feel free to contact our kiteboarding center in Rodanthe, NC! We’ll be happy to answer any and all of your kiteboarding (and even non-kiteboarding ) related questions. You can contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at 252.987.2297.
Looking for some kiteboarding instruction? We offer a variety of different kiteboarding lesson packages that are perfect for every budget. Even if you’ve never flown a trainer kite, we can get you up on the water and in control of a large kiteboarding kite in no time. All of our lessons take place at the Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Center, which is right next to Waves Village Watersports Resort!