Our Kitesurf Beginner packages are designed with the learned kitesurf in mind and feature all the equipment needed to get you flying high.
So you’ve learned how to kitesurf (or kiteboard) and you're now on the hunt for the perfect Kitesurf Beginner Packages?
Here at Wave and Wake we understand it's a minefield of products and brands and that it can be an intimidating experience. All the equipment might make kitesurfing seem like a fiddly setup. Breaking the sport down into individual components will help you to better understand what you need to get going on the water. We’re confident that once you have your head around it all you’ll be flying (literally!)
What Do I Need to Go Kitesurfing?
We recommend buying a complete kit that includes a kite, board, footstraps, bar and pump. All of the equipment can sometimes leave you feeling overwhelmed so we've broken it down into;
1) The Kite
2) The Kitesurf Board
3) The Kite Control Device
4) The Kitesurfer – You
When you choose your kite for beginning to kitesurf, a large one is easier to control and great to start with. Other factors to consider are the ease with which the kite can be relaunched when it’s in the water, upwind sailing performance, the ability to handle jumps, and the levels of control over the power of the kite.
While there are various kiteboarding kites on the market, the industry game changer was developed by the Legaignoux brothers, Bruno and Dominique. After founding Wipika, the duo took the sport of kitesurfing to the next level when they invented inflatable kites and licensed the innovative design to manufacturers. The permanent curvature of its shape means users can relaunch easily on the water. The kite design means that it is always ‘powered up’ so it is important to remember that a good safety release system should always be used alongside a powerful kite.
With future developments came the pioneering evolution of the standard inflatable kite and the world was introduced to the flat inflatable kite. This type of kite combines a bridle on the leading edge with a flat bow profile. The trailing edge is usually concave but it can also be flat or convex. The flat inflatable kite has a number of advantages over the original inflatable kite. Firstly, it can fully be powered down. Secondly, they’re able to handle a far wider range of wind conditions. Thirdly, they’re easier to relaunch.
Aside from the kite structure, one of the most common questions we are asked is ‘What size of kite should I ride?’. This in itself is a whole other topic so why not check out our online guide to selecting your kitesurfing kite.
Remember that depending on your kite size, your bar size will vary. Each of our packages has our product pairing recommendations but if you’re not sure don’t hesitate to give us a shout
You have a couple of board options when considering your new kitesurfing gear. Whichever kitesurf board (or kiteboard) you choose, you’ll be able to trace the origins to various other action sports.
This style of board is usually fairly thin and can have difficulty floating unaided. A twin-tip board uses footstraps or bindings to attach to a kitesurfer’s feet. Ideal for sending it on jumps, it can have a disadvantage when wind conditions are light. Typically it would be the most popular board design for kitesurfing.
Calling all adrenaline junkies! Directional kitesurfing boards are the board for you if you’ve got a need for speed. Influenced by surfing, these boards are significantly thinner than a surfboard with sharper edges. This style of board is usually between 140-230cm and great for speed and general kitesurfing in gentler wind conditions. These boards prove trickier to control when it gets windy and are now far less common than the more freestyle-geared twin tip boards.
At the risk of stating the obvious, you’re not going to be able to control the kite without a kite control device. By using a control device, you can utilize the wind and, within reason, manoeuvre anywhere you want.
With the aid of an inflatable kite control bar, with two lines at the front and two lines at the back, you can swing the kite left by pulling the left end of the bar with a vice-versa action resulting in you sending it right. If the bar is horizontal, or in a neutral position, the kite will continue down its existing flight path.
Pulling gently on the brake lines will slow you down; pulling hard on the brake lines will stop the kite, and pulling extremely hard on the brake lines will help you and the kite to change direction.
It’s extremely important that whichever control device you use has a highly reliable safety release feature. If working correctly, this system should allow you to disable the kite at a moment’s notice. It’s important to test the safety release system in conjunction with your control device. Be sure to test it in shallow water close to land, rather than on the land itself (this is to minimise the risk of the kite crashing into dry land and breaking on impact.)
The key component - the kitesurfer! No mountain of wonderful gear is going to make the kite fly without you. The kitesurfer must position the kite in response to the wind to generate power; must accurately edge the board to provide the required upwind resistance; must steer the powerful combination of kite and board to avoid obstacles and enjoy the ride.
Kiteboards (or kitesurfing boards) don’t usually float so it is recommended that a lifejacket is worn when out on the water. Another great addition to your kitesurfing gear is a harness. Although great for fitness, kitesurfing can place tension on the arms. Prevent this with a harness attached to the control system.
Water shoes are also highly recommended if there are rocks or potentially dangerous things under the surface. Helmets, especially in strong wind conditions, should be worn to protect the kitesurfer’s head. Kitesurfing beginners, for obvious reasons, can spend a lot more time in the water so should wear a slightly-thicker-than-normal wetsuit.
The most important takeaway from this post is to enjoy your time on the water! Even with all the knowledge, gear and best conditions in the world, what you give out is what you’ll get back so stay safe and have fun! If you would like any help choosing the right kitesurfing beginner package for you we would love to help. Simply get in touch with one of the Wave and Wake team today.