How To Choose Kite Surfing Boards
How to choose kite surfing boards becomes a question for those new to the sport. Choosing a kite surfing board can be confusing for the beginner. Consulting a professional or asking an avid kite surfer is always suggested. If you are taking lessons, consult your instructor on the right board. Finding the right board is key to fully enjoying the sport. Never be afraid to ask others to try out their boards before deciding on the perfect board for you.
- Consider the types of boards. When choosing kite surfing boards, consider the different designs. There are three major categories of boards available; directional, twintip and mutant. Directional style boards are the original kite surfing board. Some choose this board out of nostalgia. The board is bulky and heavier than its counterparts and has three fins along the bottom rear. The footholds are placed slightly to the rear of the board. The board requires a special skill, called "gyping," to change directions. The twintip design is lighter and shorter than the directional style. This board is designed similarly to a skateboard with an even spacing between the foot holds and the front and rear of the board. The twintip only has two fins along the back rear, but is believed to be easier to handle and steer. Changing directions on twintips does no require gyping. Mutant boards are crosses between the directional and twintip design. These boards are typically shorter than the directional style but have the same three fins as the original.
- Consider the cost. Choosing kite surfing boards requires cost considerations. Price ranges greatly between manufacturers and style of boards. For the casual kite surfer, a cheaper board may suffice.
- Consider your weight. Choosing kite surfing boards have weight limits. Directional boards allow the least amount of weight. Mutant boards allow for the most rider weight.