Types of Kiteboards:Kiteboard Equipment

Types of Kiteboards:Kiteboard Equipment

There are several different types of kiteboards and kiteboard equipment you can choose from. The most common kiteboard types are the twin-tip, the wake-style, the racing-board, and the wave or surfboard. Each of these has a different use and within each category of kiteboards, there are multiple variations to choose from.

types of kiteboard equipment

Twin-tip Board:

These are the most common types of kiteboards. The board is a multi-purpose board that can be used in many different conditions. A twin-tip board is similar at both ends and normally uses foot pads with straps. These kiteboard types can be ridden in either direction and don’t require a jibe to switch stance. These boards work well for big air and wake-style tricks and are frequently the board of choice for beginners.

Wake-style Board:

The main difference between the twin-tip and the wake-style is the bindings. The size and shape of the board may vary slightly, but the bindings used on a wake-style board match what is used on wakeboards known as a “boot”. This is a soft cover that goes around the foot usually up to the lower shin or mid shin. In any case, these boards are primarily for the more advanced riders performing aggressive wake-style tricks.

Race Board:

The board shape and design gives the race board a maximum upwind potential. Kiteboard racing is done in a “track” where the start and finish are usually at the same place which means that if you go down-wind, you have to come back up. The race boards are designed to take the rider upwind as quickly as possible. This is accomplished with a special fin system and the overall shape of the board.

Wave Board:

Most boards that are designed for waves or for the surf have a similar shape to regular surfboards (usually short-boards). These kite-specific surf boards will often be slightly smaller as the pull comes from the kite instead of just the push from the wave. In addition, the wave-style board will usually have foot pads and straps which will allow the rider to keep the board attached even while catching some air. Some riders will use a regular surfboard instead of a kite-specific board to ride.

Light Wind Boards:

The majority of the boards designed for light winds have an increase in buoyancy and are larger to accommodate the lack of wind. These larger boards will keep the rider planing much easier although the initial breakthrough out of the water may present a challenge in light wind conditions. In any case, the light wind versions are typically crafted in the twin-tip category, but the wave boards can also have added size and buoyancy for light wind days.

 Which Type of Kiteboard is Best for You?

All kiteboard types vary from one discipline to another. Many riders have multiple boards and will determine which one to ride based on the conditions at the time. Taking good care of your board will help you keep it going for multiple seasons and provide hundreds of hours of great riding your type of kiteboards.

Types of Kiteboards:Kiteboard Equipment