What is the best beginner kitesurfing kite?

 

There is really no such thing as a “beginner kitesurfing kite”, though there are different styles of kites designed specifically for different types of riding. Knowing the different kite shapes and specs can help in choosing what kite is best for you.

C-KITES

C kites are recognizable by their square shaped wing tips, where the lines are attached to the four corners. C kites are often five line, with the 5th line attached to the center of the leading edge for stability. C kites have no bridle lines giving the kite minimal depower options. These kites offer quick steering and lots of power- great for freestyle and un-hooked tricks. The shape of the kite makes C kites difficult to relaunch and with a fifth line it it possible to rip our kite in half if the kite flips inside out. C-kites are not the best kitesurfing beginner kite.

BOW KITES

Bow kites are  bridled kites giving this type of kite a large wind range with the ability to de-power and power the kite quite significantly. The swept wing-tips make the kite easy to relaunch from the water. Bow kites are get for jumping and big air!  The de-power ability and easy re-launch makes this kite shape a great kitesurfing beginner kite.

HYBRID KITES

Hybrid kites are a mix between bow and C kites, offering the best of both worlds. They are slightly more rectangular- like the C kite- with slightly more swept wing tips still offering easy relaunch. They are bridled kites offering great stability as well as depower. Hybrid kites are one of the most popular kite choices for all levels of riders.

TRAINER KITES

Trainer kites are great beginner kitesurfing kites to train your kite skills. They are usually between 1-2m giving little power making it perfect for practicing. Taking time to practice on a trainer kite will fast track your learning once you start flying a full size kite.