What size kiteboard do I need? Size chart for kite surfers

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The right size kiteboard, foot strap properly adjusted and go during a Reedin test day.

Net as with kites, there are many different kiteboards. Each with its own details that suit the riding style of the kite surfer. After your kitesurfing lesson, you will probably soon purchase your own kitesurfing set. Precisely because you want to get back on the water as soon as possible. That is why we help you with insight so that you know which size kiteboard suits you.

Freeride twintip as a starting point

Twintip kiteboards are by far the most used kiteboards. As you can see, a twin tip is a kiteboard that you can sail both to the left and to the right. You also don't have to get out of your foot straps if you want to change course. You don't have to turn a twin tip kiteboard if you want to change course. For example, a twin tip offers a lot of convenience compared to surf / wave style kitesurf boards and also a lot of freedom. That is why we take this type of kiteboard as a starting point. After all, 99% will start on a freeride twintip kiteboard. You can find more information about twin tip kiteboards on our kiteboard page.

You can find the kiteboard length in the kiteboard size chart
What size kiteboard do I need? Example of a freeride twintip kiteboard, the Naish Hero 2020

Rules of thumb which size kiteboard

  • Your weight is a determining factor: the heavier you are, the bigger your kiteboard.
  • A longer kiteboard helps you get started faster than a short kiteboard.
  • The flatter and wider your kiteboard, the faster you get going.
  • With a flatter and wider kiteboard you walk faster.
  • On the coast the wind often blows a little harder and more stable than on inland waters. That is why a slightly wider kiteboard is nicer on inland water.

Tipping point rules of thumb which size kite board

The mentioned rules of thumb also have a tipping point where they lose their benefits. For example when the wind is blowing harder. Then you can give less back pressure and slow down with a large and wide kiteboard. Now is the time to launch a smaller kite or grab a smaller kiteboard.

Size chart which size kiteboard

Weight kite surfer (kg)Length kiteboard (cm)Width kiteboard (cm)
100 + kilo145 + cm46 cm
80-100 kilos139 cm42,5 cm
60-80 kilos133 cm41 cm
40-60 kilos130 cm40 cm
The correct kiteboard size based on the weight of a kite surfer.

This table is based on a beginner to intermediate level kite surfer with a standard freeride twintip kiteboard. Pay attention. This is a general and indicative overview.

You can find more about kiteboards, the different sailing styles and advice on which size kiteboard suits them kiteboard page.

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