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What Are the Types of Kites for Kitesurfing?
Kitesurfing kites, also known as parafoil kites, vary in shape, size and construction. There are two main kite categories: Leading Edge Inflatable (LEI) and Foil.
A LEI kite is a single skin parafoil kite with inflatable bladders providing structural support. This kind of kite is the most common for kitesurfing. It can float on the water surface and can be re-launched with ease, making LEI kites perfect for beginners.
Even though foil kites are the most efficient for this sport, they have no inflatable bladders. Foil kites work with either closed or open air cells that take shape with the air entering the kite. If it drops into the water, it can potentially fill up with water and sink.
How to Choose a Kitesurfing Kite?
Your skill level and riding style determine the kind of kiteboarding kite that is perfect for you. Riding styles can be divided into freeride and freestyle.
All beginners start with a freeride kite. Freeride kites catch less wind power and are easier to control. These kites are perfect to start your learning journey and cruise on flat water with moderate speed. Intermediate to advanced kitesurfers will prefer larger, freestyle kites. Even when the wind is light, freestyle kites will help you get the most power. This way, the kiteboarder can cruise over large waves or gain high speed on flat waters.
If you want to know more about kites, check our detailed Buying Kitesurfing Gear guide.
Get Started with Kitesurfing Packages
Here you will find the main kitesurfing equipment needed to get you out in the water. It does not matter whether you are a beginner or a regular as we have kitesurfing gear packages for different abilities. Buying a package is not only convenient but gives you the bonus of getting a nice discount versus buying the equipment individually. It also guarantees that all the equipment is compatible with each other.
Equipment in Kitesurfing Packages
The 4 main pieces of equipment that the kitesurfing packages include are kite, kitesurf bar, kiteboard and straps & bindings. The kites and kiteboards can vary in size and length depending on the riding style. Your shoe size will help decide on which straps and bindings to get. And finally, the main decision with the bars is choosing between a 4 line and 5 line kitesurf bar. 4 line bars are beginner friendly and simple to use while 5 line bars have a trickier set up but allow for an easier relaunch in the lighter winds.
The harness is another piece of equipment that is necessary when kitesurfing. It connects you to the kitesurf bar and must be comfortable and durable. To see our collection, check out Kitesurfing Harnesses.