Given the dizzying array of kiteboarding kites available, at times they can seem very confusing.
Fortunately, kites can be broken down into two categories based on their design:
Leading Edge Inflatable Kites
These kiteboarding kites have a hollow tube framing that is pumped full of air to give the kite its shape. Because these air tubes float so well, these kites are the most common for riding on water.
The C Kite
What is a Supported Leading Edge (SLE) Kite?
The C Kite
The C- kite is the original kiteboarding kite – up until recently, this was the only kind of inflatable kite on the market. It has square corners and forms a deep C-shaped arc when flying. It gets its characteristic shape from its lines, which are attached at the four corners of the kite.
5th Line C- Kite
5th line C- kites come equipped with an extra line...
Generally speaking, your first kiteboard should be easy to ride and a little over your ability level. During your lessons you will be using very big beginner boards or light wind boards. The larger the board, the less power you need in the kite, so your first few rides will be on a monster board and a underpowered kite. Once you can get up and ride both directions you will progress off the big board.
Kiteboarding board design is constantly changing but here is real’s take on the different board categories available:
Light Wind Monster Kiteboards: 150cm-170cm
These boards tend to be really flat, wide, and have almost no rocker(amount of bend in the board from tip to tip). The massive amount of surface area allows you to drive upwind in the light stuff, and these boards will get a little bouncy in the chop.
All Around Big Board: 140cm-150cm
To make an all around big board work it has to be really easy to ride and versatile for all types of conditions. Widths can vary in this c...
This article will focus on a new rider looking for the proper kiteboarding kite for their first couple of years of riding. After you are an established rider, you will understand what style you are looking for and be able to pick a kite designed for your riding style whether that is waves, wake, free ride or freestyle.
Before you get started though, it's important to remember that unlike other sports (such as surfing or windsurfing), you can't really 'ease yourself into' kitesurfing - you can't simply drop the sail, or ditch the board, and then just have another go - kites are incredibly powerful bits of kit and if you don't know what you're doing then you can easily find yourself wrapped around a groyne or stuck up a tree... Modern kites are very safe, but only once you know what you're doing, and you should never just buy a kite, go to beach, and 'give it a go'! The best advice - even if you're an experienced surfer or can land loops on your windsurfer at will - is to take a couple o...
Lough Neagh lake in Northern Ireland is a nice conserved recreational park devoted to sports. Accessing from Lurgan you will find a beach that curves giving several sideshore directions. Flat to choppy water.
There are also other spots around the lough. For example, Cranfield in the north end (towards Antrim) is an option. However, it is exposed and gets big swell during gale force winds, so naturally stay away in strong winds.
Laytown beach is a long sandy tidal beach with flat to choppy and several sandbars. The tide goes far out and can change the shape of the beach and the height of the sand banks. Constant 12 knot NE wind is best. There are areas north and south of Laytown to consider if conditions are not ideal.
Bettystown area towards north has small waves breaking on sandbars but due to tides there are shallow areas with flat to choppy water. Bettystown is crowded during the summer and you should not kite by the carpark (go several hundred meters past it). There is also sewage outfall and wreck to watch out for. Better during the winter, in E winds.
Gormanston beach, where sideshore is NNW or SSE, can be kited all the way to Mosney up north. Towards Mosney you get several sandbars with small waves breaking on them and flat to choppy water in between the sandbars. Winds tend to be constant 12 knot NE.
Skerries has two beaches, one on the north side and one on the south side. The North beach has small waves and chop and is close to the houses, so be careful if the winds are strong. The south side has small to medium waves with shallow access and is good with NE winds.