@baru_barb, founder of @Bigblue.boards — the world’s only female kite brand — shares her top tips on how to choose the right kiteboard for you. 🏄♀ #thesaltsirens
Picking the right board seems like a big mission. I’ve shopped for a kiteboard only to find chaos in the kite market. Kitesurfers shopping for a board are completely overwhelmed by all the choices and don’t know where to start. There are between five to ten boards from each brand and each of them has special features and abilities.
So, how to choose the right kiteboard?
It’s a common misconception to think that you need a board for freestyle and another board for freeriding. Really, the magic is having the right board that suits your ability level and the conditions you’ll be riding in most.
What to look for in a beginner kiteboard Lightweight:
As a beginner, you’ll walk around with the board more than an advanced rider would. You’ll want a board that’s lightweight and easy to carry.
Curved bottom: Your board should support your upwind ride. Beginners boards are slightly more square-shaped than the rounded advanced board. On the other hand, the bottom of the board tends to be very flat. Together with a square-shape outline can be the beginner’s board quite clumsy and limit your progress later. Therefore, you’ll want a 3D-shaped board with channels carved along the bottom combined with the outline which supports upwind ride yet still allow you to turn easily and doesn´t limit your progress.
Medium stiffness and suitable rocker: As a beginner kitesurfer, it’s challenging to kite through choppy water. You’ll want a board with a lower stiffness that cuts through the chop with ease.
The right length: The length of the board depends on your weight and level. You can find size charts with recommendation online. As a gauge, if you are a newcomer who is 55 kg (121 lbs) who has just completed a kite course and are looking for a board, choose one that is around 135 cm in length. You will progress with the board and stick with it for the next 2 years.
Read more tips on the link in BIO.🙏