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Postby Guest » Wed Nov 14, 2001 12:27 am

I want to start kitesurfing, but talking to many people the last days, I don't know which kite, size and board to buy.

Can anyone help me with my decision?



Postby Guest » Wed Nov 14, 2001 11:40 am

well, if you could tell a bit more about you, like where you live, what you did before and so on, it could be helpful to give you good advices....


Postby Guest » Wed Nov 14, 2001 7:38 pm

We have winds here from 10-20 kts.
First I want one kite, but already decided that I don't want a 2-line kite, because it is quite gusty here.
I live in New Jersey and want to go in the ocean. Quiet cold already, but the next vacations are already planned.
My weight is 160 lbs and I want a twintip for the beginning. I have read that it is a lot easier for turns.
Which kite size would you suggest?

THX Terence


Postby Guest » Thu Nov 15, 2001 7:54 pm

well, if you want a twin tip board, i would suggest a board like the wipika 186cm or a similar board.
the specifications of a beginner twintip are:
good upwind performance and it should start to glide early.

i recommend yuo buy a two line tube kite like the naish r3 or the wipika free air. these kites can easily be converted to four lines (tecnically, they ARE 4 line-kites with a bridle attached that makes ist possible to use two lines) a four line kite not only offers the possibility to depower, but turns much faster and needs an expierienced kiter to control it.
i can tell you that in the beginning you won't be able to use the depower-function because you won't be hooked up to the harness when starting to ride.
a kite like the r3 or free air has a better handling than the air blast or arx and it can be relaunched easily when dropped into the water.
when there are 10-20knots, i'd suggest to buy a 11m naish or a 8.9m free air.
you will be able to use these kites later in stonger winds when you are good and they still provide enough performance then.


if you have no expierience with traction/power-kites, it is a MUST to take a course. this can be combined whith a nice holiday. kitesurfing is as dangerous as you make it. if you decide to learn it by try & error you risk serious injury or even worse, your life!
you may also risk to injure third persons!

there is no safe 'stop' mode like dropping the rigg on a windsurf-board.


Postby Guest » Fri Nov 16, 2001 12:26 am

Ok, sounds good.
That's what I thought too. Around 11 sqm.
Maybe you are right that I should wait until my holidays and take a course there.
It is only a few weeks to go and the water here is cold anyway. I'm sure that I will know better what to buy, when I did the course.
I'll let you guys know, how it went!

THX Terence


Postby Guest » Fri Nov 16, 2001 10:28 am

a good desicion!
if you buy your equipment after the course, you'll be able to judge for your own - and do not have to depend on others.


Postby Guest » Tue Feb 12, 2002 3:13 am

Do you know were you are taking the course yet? or when, like the month? I have tryed looking for places to go in New Jersey also. I found a place at . Do you know this place or know if it is good or not?

Shawn McCarthy, another NJ'er trying to learn to kitesurf.


Postby Guest » Tue Feb 12, 2002 10:36 am

Hi Shawn,
Since November many things have changed therefore I moved to Cali. I'll have my first lessons end of February. I don't know the places in NJ. But I'm sure there are/will be many of it.
Wishing you fun, Terence

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