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Kiteboarding / Kite Surfing Frequently Asked Questions:

Getting Started Kiteboarding at Powerkiteshop


Starting the sport without any knowledge? 

Powerkiteshop’s trained staff who all fly kites are always keen to help you, but first, check out our most commonly asked questions to get you started.

If you have a question that hasn't been answered here - you can simply call us on +44 (0) 121 544 9514 and we will be pleased to hear your query!

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What is Kiteboarding ? :

Getting Started Kiteboarding at Powerkiteshop

Kiteboarding is similar to wakeboarding but we use a kite to power the rider over water and into the air. 

Kiteboards are designed to carve into the water on their edge to gain maximum traction from the kite.

Kitesurfing kites are usually water relaunchable and have either four or five line control to allow you to steer the kite in any direction.

Be competent with your kite, learn all the safety systems, get kitesurf lessons and a training DVD so you can go back through what you have learnt and you will progress quickly.

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How does a Kiteboard work ? :

Getting Started Kiteboarding at Powerkiteshop

Kitesurfing is a form of kite traction on water. Holding an edge, resisting the power of the kite creates speed, buoyancy, speed and lift for the rider. 

Initially larger boards are best to give the buoyancy required to get on top of the water and enabling easier planing. Later experience will allow smaller boards to be used and the speed of the board will create the buoyancy.

The kite will also provide lift and actually helps you balance on the board. The skilled pilot will easily achieve big airs. From starting off, you quickly speed up as the power of the kite pulls you forward, almost immediately the board gets you on top of the water as you steer across the wind. Once you've learnt where to position the kite in the sky and how to balance on the board, you’re away.

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I am a beginner to Kiteboarding - which board is best for me ? :

Getting Started Kiteboarding at Powerkiteshop

We’re all different sizes, heavier pilots may require more larger / wider boards, or they may be physically stronger, hold more power and so require a smaller board. Lighter weight pilots generally will only require a small board but may need a larger board for those lighter wind days.

Skill level will often be the determining factor regarding equipment choice and use.

Consider yourself - Weight and Height

If you are not comfortable on the board it can spoil your fun and capability.

For people with previous kite flying experience and looking to get involved in kite boarding - check out the suitable options below:

Nobile T5 (555) >>

Duotone Select >>

Nobile NBL >>

Naish Hero >>

Shinn Pinbot >>

Duotone Gonzales >>

Airush Switch >>

Cabrinha Spectrum  >>

What kite can I learn to Kiteboard with ? :

Getting Started Kiteboarding at Powerkiteshop

When you are purchasing your first water relaunchable kite you want to buy one that you are going to get maximum use out of.

It has to be compatible with you and your skill level.

Some kites list sizes as sail area whereas the alternative method is to list projected area.

Inflatable and single skin kites are built mainly for surfing and other water based activities.

These kites can be launched off the water if crashed. Power requirements demand larger kites than would be flown on land during similar weather conditions.

These kites are very efficient and can incorporate depowering and sheeting in operations. It is imperative that pilots learn on land first and learn how the safety systems operate.

Be aware that different kites of equal size can handle and lift very differently. It is far easier to learn with a smoother, predictable, steadier flying kite than a high performance kite.

Remember that some days the equipment you own just will not be suitable, the wind may be too strong to fly safely - any kite flown in too stronger wind can be dangerous. Some days the wind will be frustratingly light to achieve what you have set out to do. Limits either way may also be determined by pilot skill level.

For people with competent kite flying experience or looking to get involved in kiteboarding, consider a 4-line or a 5-line kite between 9 and 12m in size to use more often than not.

Check out the suitable options below:

Duotone Rebel >>

Ozone Catalyst  >>

Core Free >>

Cabrinha Moto >>

F-One Bandit >>

Peter Lynn Escape >> 

Duotone Neo >>

Airush Lithium Core >>

Slingshot Rally >>

Naish Ride >>

Ozone Catalyst >>

Ozone Alpha >> 
 



Why should I purchase a twin-tip Kiteboard ? :

Getting Started Kiteboarding at Powerkiteshop

Twin-tip kiteboards are great because it cuts out the need to change feet when turning, they let you jump whenever you want in any direction and make waveriding quicker.

They have great upwind capability and depending on size and speed have buoyancy built in.

If you require any additional information regarding kitesurfing - get in touch!

We are all kiters and regularly kitesurf ourselves. We will be pleased to hear your query!

Check out our range of Kiteboards here >>

 

 

 

Which Kiteboards are best used for Waveriding ? :

Getting Started Kiteboarding at Powerkiteshop

These boards are usually very manoeuvrable, have good bouyancy but also light enough to do jumps if required.

Most boards are capable of this but specialist wave boards excel in these areas with bigger fins and softer rails allowing you to ride along the waves with speed.

Check out some of the suitable options below and get wave riding:

F-One Signature >>

Duotone Quest TT >>

Slingshot Celero FR >>

Naish Global >>

Naish Go-To >>

Cabrinha Spade >>

Duotone Whip CSC >>

F-One Mitu ESL >>
 

Which Kiteboards are best used for Freestyle ? :

Getting Started Kiteboarding at Powerkiteshop

99% of twin-tip boards are capable of freestyle riding and are usually lightweight for jumping, have good upwind capability allowing the surfer the freedom to manoeuvre with the minimum of effort. 

As a general rule, boards with a stiffer flex pattern and concave channels on the underside of the boards allow for maximum grip and control.

Check out some of the suitable options below:

Nobile NHP 3D >>

Nobile 50Fifty Pro >>

Duotone Jaime >>

Shinn Ronson Player >>

Duotone Team Series >>

F-One WTF >>

Slingshot Asylum >>

F-One Trax >>
 

Which Kiteboards are best used for light wind riding ? :

Getting Started Kiteboarding at Powerkiteshop

Both larger size twin-tips and wide surfboards have a larger surface area which make them excellent for getting up on top of the water in very marginal wind conditions.

This is normally helped with having a flat rocker line allowing the majority of the board to stay in contact with the water.

Combine them with a large but fast and efficient kite and you can still be up and performing big airs and wave riding.

Check out some of the suitable options below:

Duotone Spike >>

Slingshot Glide >>

Nobile Flying Carpet >>

Shinn King Gee >> 

Shinn Bernhard >>

Flyboard Flydoor >>

Duotone Nugget >>

Shinn Shinnster Encore >> 
 

Are there Kiteboards for flat water and wave riding? :

Getting Started Kiteboarding at Powerkiteshop

Waveriding and freestyle often merge out on the water and certain boards could be considered to be capable of both disciplines.

Twin-tip boards with wider or softer rails are usually good for riding through chop allowing you to ride along waves and still retain the twin-tip freestyle aspect of riding on flat water.

Check out some of the suitable options below:

Naish Orbit >>

Cabrinha Spectrum >>

Duotone Gonzales >>

Naish Hero >>

Cabrinha Tronic >>

Nobile NBL >>

Duotone Spike >>

Flydoor Radical >>



Is there anyway I can protect my Kiteboard from scratches when travelling ? :

Getting Started Kiteboarding at Powerkiteshop

Powerkiteshop have kiteboard travel board bags to help you protect your board when travelling.

From single board bag options to fully protecting your kites, boards and wetsuits for quick trips to your local spot or your worldwide trip of a lifetime.

Check out our range of Kiteboard bags here >>




 


 

 

Why do I need footstraps, leashes or fins on my Kiteboard ? :

Getting Started Kiteboarding at Powerkiteshop

Twintip boards need footstraps intially to lean against the board to create the angle/edge required to get up and out of the water.

Whether you are learning in light winds or riding waves - at some point the kite is going to power up, at which point the straps will keep you and the board together.

Wave / Surf boards tend to be ridden flatter and although not essential, can be fitted with footstraps to aid in controlling your direction on the waves.

Leashes are there for when you do leave your board at least you’ll know your board is only a few feet away. There are suitable and unsuitable leashes out there, please ask.

Fins are not always used as the edge of the board can also be used like a fin to help create resistance against the kite and enhance steering.

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Do I need a Harness ? :

Getting Started Kiteboarding at Powerkiteshop

A harness is used to take the strain off your arms, allowing you to fly in stronger winds and reduce overall fatigue. A harness for kiteboarding is essential as the depower system of the kite is adjusted with the aid of the harness.

Personal preference for choosing a harness is the key. Simply find a harness that is comfortable for you.

Seat harnesses fit around the legs and lower back giving you lots of support and hip protection. These harnesses stop any chance of the harness riding up your body when the kite is overhead.

Waist harnesses fit around the lower back and abdomen giving you freedom of movement for technical manoeuvres.

For advice on selection call Telephone + 44 (0) 0121 544 9514

Click here for our range of Harnesses and accessories >> 


 

Do I need Safety Gear such as a Helmet or Impact Vest ? :

Getting Started Kiteboarding at Powerkiteshop

Safety is paramount and kiteboarding can be a dangerous sport.

It is recommended you wear a minimum of a helmet and an impact or buoyancy vest for all activities.

Safety methods and devices are being reviewed and updated all of the time.

For advice on selection call Telephone + 44 (0) 0121 544 9514

Click here for our range of Safety Gear for use on the water >> 






 

Will Kite Landboarding help my Kiteboarding skills ? :

Getting Started Kiteboarding at Powerkiteshop

Kitelandboarding is a great way to learn the principles of Kiteboarding without spending a huge amount on inflatable kites and beginner boards.

Even when you have bought all the Kiteboarding gear - kitelandboarding offers a great light wind alternative to Kiteboarding.

If the wind drops or goes offshore - get onto the beach, grab your Landboard and practice some light wind tricks.

For advice on selection call Telephone + 44 (0) 0121 544 9514

Click here for our range of Kite Landboards >> 



 

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