01 Sep The kite equipment
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced pro, of course, your kite equipment is very important. Make sure you take the advice of your instructor. What do you need to go kiteboarding on the water?
Depending on your level, your weight and wind strength, you can determine which board is best for you. You can sail both directions with a twin tip board, and you’ll also get lessons on such a board. The boards are, on average, between 1.30 and 1.40 meters or between 4 and 4 1/2 feet. If you can already kiteboard, then you can, for example, go kiteboarding with a surfboard, if necessary the guidance of your instructor.
You choose your kite, depending on your weight and the wind-force on the spot.
The size of the kite is given in square meters (m2): on average, kites are between 7m2 and 15m2. But smaller sizes are also available for children, or for stronger winds and larger sizes for low-wind conditions.
Bar and lines
You control your kite with a bar, which is connected to the kite by four or five lines. You can ‘de-power’ your kite by using a cord which is tied to the lines. And in case of emergency, you can completely remove the power from your kite by pulling on your safety release. The kite is then only attached to you by the leash on your harness, so that you can’t lose it.
You will wear a harness (trapeze) with which you are hitched to the bar and the kite. That way the force of the kite isn’t on your arms, but on your body (you ‘hang’ on the kite).
A wetsuit isn’t necessary. On Bonaire, board shorts with a lycra (swim shirt) are all you need. In many other places you need a wetsuit (varying in thickness from 2mm to 6mm thick) and sometimes a hoodie, shoes, and gloves. In the Netherlands sailing is even done with dry suits! Would you like to know more about kite equipment? We’ll happily give you advice!