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What is the best Kiteboard?
What is the best Kiteboard?

What is the best Kiteboard?

What is the best Kiteboard?

Maybe the word “best” is a misnomer as the waves and wind conditions can vary wildly for kiteboarding. Having a great kiteboard session more likely comes down to the skill and ability of the rider rather than the most expensive board on the market.

However, having a good or solid board under your feet doesn’t hurt. It can turn a mediocre session into a great one. If you are not a kiteboarder, you need to start! (See 5 Awesome Reasons to Kiteboard)

So what is the best kiteboard? What qualities makes for a good kiteboard? What board do you always keep in your vehicle rain or shine?

Great Kiteboards
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Types of Kiteboards

The types of boards to choose from for kiteboarding is vast! The options available is also what makes kiteboarding so special compared to other less dynamic sports.

Here is a short list of some (but not all) of the types of kiteboards out there:

  1. Twin-Tips (good place to start kiteboarding)
  2. Doors (essentially bigger twin-tips)
  3. Big Air Boards (often made out of carbon fiber)
  4. Surf Boards (for directional mastery and surfing in the waves)
  5. Skim Boards (fun in the waves)
  6. Split-Boards (saves on baggage space)
  7. Multi-Use Boards (directional surf or foil fun)
  8. Foil Boards (light wind session saver)
  9. Race Boards (for breaking speed limits)
  10. Driftwood (you forgot the board and found this at the beach)
  11. Inflatable flamingo (last resort)
Kiteboarding in Tahiti
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Kiteboarding Conditions

Despite the options available for kiteboarding, it will also depend on the given conditions that you ride in (waves, shallow water, strong currents, reefs, light-wind, etc.). In other words, the conditions themselves often dictate what board you take with you out onto the water.

Surfboards rock! Having a multi-use surf-foil platform is even better.
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Sometimes, you can show up to the beach ready to rip based on the mornings stellar wind forecast only to feel disappointed that the wind is blowing 13 knots. You may be the kind of person that writes off light wind conditions all together.

Nevertheless, having a foil board at the ready is helpful in this kind of light-wind situation. At the end of the day you really just want to have fun kiteboarding and a foil board can be the ticket!

In my book, having a good multi-purpose board in your quiver is a good way to go. That way you are always prepared no matter what Mother Nature is throwing your way. Also learning to kite foil is a huge bonus if you have noticed!

Foil boards are a light wind session saver! They may be the ultimate best kiteboard.
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Qualities of a Good Kiteboard

Defining a “good” kiteboard is a highly subjective and opinionated topic for conversation. There is also a lot of brand loyalty out there. However, I believe the following qualities help determine what a good kiteboard is.

  • Multi-Use Platform
    • Board that transitions from a foil board into a surf board or vice versa depending on the wind conditions. This has more of a directional/surfboard feel.
  • Low Volume
    • Less floatation means that you can easily sink the board beneath your feet for deep water starts. This applies more to Surfboards and Foilboards, as twin-tips are naturally low volume.
  • Light Weight
    • Less weight means that the board is easier to use, carry around, travel with, and boost big air with. Carbon fiber can help here, but adds to the cost and creates a stiffer ride.
  • Flexible
    • Specifically, for twin-tips it is nice to have something that can eat up some of the surface chop instead of beating up your knees.
  • Good Surface Area
    • A good amount of surface area means that you can keep moving on top of the water with lulls in the wind.
  • Good Bottom Shape
    • Having a double concave shape on the bottom of the twin-tip board translates into cutting through choppy surface conditions. For example, imagine the V-shaped bottom of a boat cutting through the water.
    • For foil boards it is nice to have a scooped nose to easily recover.
  • Foot Comfort
    • Having good foot straps or comfortable traction pads equates to more time on the water.
Finding the best kiteboard for a great kite session can be a challenge.
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My Favorite Kiteboard

One of my personal favorite kiteboards of all time is the FlySurfer “Radical 6” twin-tip.

My Favorite Kiteboard
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I ride the 144cm version of this board. It has a nice light weight feel to it and a good amount of flex.

The slight rise on either tip of the board helps keep spray down and is also a really nice touch.

This 144cm board boasts a lot of surface area. It is extra wide (46cm wide) compared to a lot of other twin-tips out there.

Finally to top things off, the Flysurfer “Squad” foot bindings are extra comfortable and easy to wear with wetsuit booties.

Overall, the FlySurfer “Radical 6” twin-tip is a great all-around board that is a lot of fun on the water. The only downside is that is not a surfboard or a foil-board, meaning that you have to switch boards if the wind lightens up.

Ultimately, a good kiteboard is a board that you can use in multiple conditions, that you can take virtually anywhere, and that anyone can use.

I know that everyone probably has their personal favorite kiteboard that they just had a dream session on. Tell me about it in the comments! Thanks for reading. ~KiteBikeVan

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