If you’ve bought a kiteboard or surfboard in the last few years you’ll know that it can be pretty tricky. The exhaustive numbers of manufacturers, shapes and build methods has spiraled out of control. Choosing the right board is tough enough for surfers who’ve been navigating the rough sea of board design for years, but if you come from a kite or windsurf background, it can be hard to know which way to go. Kitesurfing places different stresses on the board that require a different approach to the board construction.
Having the right board is critical and can mean the difference between a great session and frustration so take time to evaluate your requirements. The right board for you is a very personal choice that encompasses a range of factors so simply saying, “I’ll have what she’s having,”won’t cut it.
Here are some questions to consider when buying a board for kiting and surfing:
#1 LOCAL CONDITIONS–are the waves I usually ride large and steep or small and mushy?
#2 HEIGHT & WEIGHT–what volume & length is right for me?
#3 ABILITY–Am I a confident surfer/kiter or just starting out?
#4 QUALITY &CONSTRUCTION–was it produced using quality, kitesurf-specific materials by a reputable surfboard shaper?
#5 APPLICATIONS–will I be using this board for kiting, surfing or both?