Kites: The driving force in kitesurfing
It's warm. You're sitting at the beach and suddenly a kitesurfer surf by. Floating on the water like magic - dragged by the raw forces of nature. Then the kitesurfing kite lifts the surfer 20 feet up in the air - and BAM! You have now been bitten by the kiteboarding bug.
An essential part of the kitesurfing setup is the kite. The kitesurfing kite is responsible for the drag, and therefore it's important that you choose a kite that fits your needs but at the same time is controllable. If you are an experienced kitesurfer, you probably already know what kite you are looking for. This depends on your surf style - waves, wake, freeride or freestyle.
What kitesurfing kite should you choose?
The most important things to look for in a kite is good stability, mellow turning speed, a good upwind drive and that the kite has as large a wind range as possible.
The biggest mistake many new kitesurfers tend to do is to start out with a fast turning kite that can boost you to the moon.
Don't be scared that you won't be able to develop and progress with a beginner kite: Unless you are riding more than 150 days a year this is not a reasonable concern. You simply won't be able to outgrow any kiteboarding kite within a couple of years.
When it comes to the size of the kitesurfing kite, there is also a few things to consider. Your weight, average wind speed in the area you will be surfing and your board size.
As a beginner, you are probably only buying one kitesurfing kite. If this is the case, we recommend that you buy a kite that covers 70% of the wind ranges in the area you are going to surf.