What are the Best Kiteboarding Kites?

Want to take your water sport adventures to a whole new level? Then kiteboarding should be a new draw. It was one of the new surfing sports, although it is two decades old and ideally suited for the more venturesome daredevils who want to test the limits of risk and endurance. With kite surfing, you are both the driver and the rider and so, the importance of having an ideal kiteboarding equipment cannot be overlooked. It can mean the difference between having a smooth cruise and lunge into the skies and incurring a potentially debilitating injury.

Typical kiteboarding kit includes the kite itself, the board, fly lines, harness, footstraps as well as a host of various other safety essentials for the kiteboarding activity such as a lifejacket, a parachute knife as well as a helmet. The kitebaord kites are probably the most essential and most effective piece of kiteboarding gear. Without the kiteboard kites, there is simply no kiteboarding.

As a result, proper measures must be followed so as to choose the best kiteboard kites that are durable and reliable. For the avid kiteboarder, buying a good kiteboard kite constitutes a very important investment for your hobby or passion. The kind of kites that you pick must be highly durable, safe and should be one that you will be able to use for a longer duration of time because they do not come cheap.

Most kiteboard kites in the market have been manufactured from polyester. Their sizes generally range from 10 meters to 17 metres or 33 feet to 56 feet. Larger kiteboard kite sizes are, of course, going to cost you more.  On average, a kiteboard kite should be 12 metres or 39 feet long. The kind of kite that you purchase will also depend on the local wind conditions. If there is more wind, you will need less kite. That is why it is always advisable to have a backup kite that you can use on varied riding conditions or for various kiteboarding manoeuvres. If you are beginner, it is advisable to invest in the trainer kiteboard kites that allow you to easily learn how to control the kites in the skies. With that in mind, here is our review of some of the best kiteboard kites in the market:

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HQ Rush V Pro 350 Trainer Kite

NEW 2015

NEW 2015

The HQ Rush V Pro 350 Trainer Kite is suited for intermediate and more experienced users and offers powerful performance along with an amazing fun and relaunch. This kiteboard kite offers riders greater stability and can be ridden effortlessly in low winds. It has a third line relaunch design which offers riders extra safety as well as reverse launch capabilities. This design feature also makes it ideal for beginners.

It comes as a package with 5 items including a key chain fob, WindBone decals, kiteboarding beverage cooler holder and foil control strap kite. In strong wind conditions, it will generate incredible pull.

2016 Liquid Force Envy Kite

urlThis is a premium value kiteboarding kite that is one of the finest in the market. It is built in a 3-strut design and offers riders excellent turning capabilities. You will also appreciate the versatile design and its ease of use in all riding conditions. This kite is suited for both beginners as well as professional riders.

It is designed with a high level of customisation and will give you the best freestyle riding performance. The downside is that it is pricey but definitely worth the value for money.

2016 Cabrinha Switchblade Kitesurfing Kite

imgresenvyIf you are a savvy rider looking for an all-round performance as well as versatility in your kiteboarding, then the 2016 Cabrinha Switchblade Kitesurfing Kite is a great choice for you. Like the Liquid Force Envy Kite, it is pricey but the incredible design, top quality construction and performance will definitely convince you to consider investing in this wonderful kite. It is available in varied sizes ranging from 4 metres to 14 metres.

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The enhanced profile design will boost the low end power production and you can get top notch riding performance with a little bit of fine-tuning. With its 5-strut design, you can be sure that the canopy will maintain its intended shape thereby assuring you of the best riding performance in all kinds of windy conditions. Another feature setting it apart from the closest competitors is the aerodynamic profile and a full draft-forward design.  You can get maximum responsiveness and control thanks to the wide angles of attack. It works well in all riding styles and riding conditions. Definitely worth the investment.

Ocean Rodeo Flite Kitesurfing Kite

flite-orangeThe Ocean Rodeo has the distinction as one of the lightest kitesurfing kits in the market and it combines that with a superior construction and high performance. Offers excellent upwind rides and you will be able to smoothly execute a host of manoeuvres including snappy turns and those daring jumps and loops without worrying about injuries on landing.

This is the perfect kite to take your ride to the next level; you can use it with a variety of riding styles and do that with greater confidence!

2015 3d Shiva Kiteboarding Kite by Flexifoil

url-1The last kitesurfing kite in our review is the 3D Shiva by Flexifoil. We loved its overall ease of use which is simply unparalleled. You can launch this kite with relative ease and it also offers you excellent turning speeds. It has a good wind range that allows you to ride this in a host of conditions. The stability of this kiteboard kite is simply incredible; this is one of the safest kites that you can find out there. It is also easy to pack up and carry around conveniently to your favourite beach.

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Whether you are a beginner, an intermediate user or a pro kitesurfer, you will definitely an appropriate and durable kite among these that will suit your local conditions, riding style and level.