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Buying Your First Full Size Kite

Posted by Dan Stehouwer on

Today there are a lot of different kites on the market. Most major brands offer great quality kites. What’s the separating factor?  Warranty can be one thing that separates the different brands. So always check into what type of warranty comes with the kite you buy.When investigating the different kites, you will most likely invest in a solid "do all / free-ride" kite. Two examples of these would be Best Kiteboarding's Kahoona and TS. These kites will allow a person to go far beyond just an entry level experience. Each major manufacturer will offer a kite in this category.

Which Size Kite Should You Buy?

The kite model may impact the size. For example, a Kahoona is known for its low-end power and slower turning action. In some cases this may allow you to drop down a size or two, which may save you some money.The TS on the other hand has less low-end power, but has a quicker action and more agility, so the size will may need to be a little larger than the Kahoona.

For the average adult a core size kite will be between 10m to 13m. The three primary factors that will impact which kite size to purchase are: your weight, the average wind speeds where you will be flying, and the board size you will be shredding the waters with.

If you are thinking of learning how to kiteboard, taking lessons before purchasing a kite is a smart choice. This will save you the frustration from buying something that is not a good match for your personality, ability, riding conditions, and your weight.If you are interested in learning how to kiteboard or kitesurf, a good instructor will help you navigate and understand the best options for purchasing gear.

With kiteboarding, you start with a core size that will be optimal for your average wind conditions and weight. Then, as you advance, you may invest in a smaller kite for higher winds and a larger kite that is optimal for light winds. More skill is needed to fly in either direction from your core size kite. Too small of a kite makes it almost impossible to kiteboard with average winds, and a large kite in low winds can be difficult to manage. However, most importantly, too large of a kite for the conditions, experience, and size of the rider can be extremely dangerous. As you progress, you may add a kite or two to your quiver.

The right combination of kite and board can make for a good balance. I would rather see people start with a larger board and a little smaller kite.

Let me know if you have any other questions.We are always happy to help.

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