I decided to purchase a wave-kite-board but have no idea how to choose one.
Looking for a board with the following characteristics:
1. Will "survive" me as a beginner with kite-wave-riding
2. Good for low winds with by B3 size 11 (I am 75kg)
3. It would really great if I will be able to use it for regular wave riding (without the foot straps)
I guess size and width are important. But what should they be? What else?
Is it true that starting with foot straps is easier?
Can you recommend specific models/types?
You've got to do some more research. In general I think a modern fish would suit you 5'8'' Naish Fish ( http://www.naishkites.com
) is a good place to start.
1. Most boards will survive your wave riding pretty easily. No really problem if you stay with kite-surf-boards...if you go to regular surfboard, stay away from polyester boards...
2. For low wind you need some width..wider tail lower rocker...BUT do not go too wide or it becomes hard to control when you get a little power and speed...it is a fine balance act. Modern fish shapes like a swallow tail...maybe a quad fin setup.
3. if you by that mean regular surfing, then have you surfed before? If not then forget it and get two boards....unless you want to use a long ass time trying to regular surf a board you can only use in super light winds...otherwise you could try the global 6'2'' super good for anything wind / wave related strapped / strapless...at your weight you can surf it too...
RE; starting with footstraps. Personally I think it is better to start with footstraps..but there are people who disagree...you've gotta find out what you think and go for that...if you go with a bigger board then fine it doesn't matter as much. I started strapless....
I think it is good to at least have the option put on straps......
oh and for the fish I am assuming you are not talking about big waves...ideal for upto slgiyhtly overhead...waves can be sloppy as hell...for the global you can go to double overhead me thinks...