I am new to kitesurfing. Had 9 hours of lessons and can basically get up and go for about 100m. I kite at Mui Ne in Vietnam.
Finding it really difficult to choose the best suited kites for my first purchase.
Im 85kg and 175m.
I know the general feedback is to try the kites and see which one feels better but as I am still fresh they all seem to feel equally difficult hahahaha
I have been given advice by 2 of my instructors (who dont sell kites) and friendly strangers who have all guided me in different directions. I wanted to confuse myself with more opinions before I make my final decision.
I have been told the below kites are good to learn on and also good enough to keep you satisfied as you become more experienced.
SS RPM 2012
SS Rally 2012 or 2013
Ozone Catalyst 2013
Best Kahoona 2012 or 2013
Best TS 2012 or 2013
I am going for 8m or 9m and a 12m
My initial preference was the 2012 RPM seeing as I can get a good price on them but have read mixed reviews about how easy/difficult and forgiving they are to fly.
I have no knowledge about the SS Rally. I havent been able to find anyone that rides them yet.
The 2013 Ozone Catalyst seems to be getting awesome reviews and seems like an easy kite to fly but is pricey.
I have no idea about BEST kites although they look to be the cheapest which is always nice when you are on a budget.
I really want an easy kite to fly to learn that can still get me excited once I know what im doing.
If anyone has any tips or experience with these kites let me know?
slingshot rally 2012 is a great kite. They made some changes for 2013 that made it more powerful but a bit slower. The rally is an extremely well respected kite (kite of the year etc). In the US it has good resale value because it is in such demand.
In my first year I flew cabrinha crossbows which were extremely heavy and powerful, but stable. I have switched to rallys to try something different. The slingshot rally is much lighter and faster but less stable in gusts (but really is just fine). I love my rallys.
Im not a big fan of the compstick bar compared to the cabrinha bar, but a lot of people love it and say it is the best part of the kite.
Every brand has its most popular kite, for example for cabrinha it is the switchblade. For slingshot it is probably the RPM but the rally is not far behind.
If the prices are relatively the same I would go with the rally. But if the best or ozone kites are a few hundred cheaper I might go with one of those. Stick to the model that is the most popular from any particular brand.
here is a non scientific poll from 2011 that might give you an idea of the popular models from each brand.http://www.sbckiteboard.com/2011-kite-r ... ws_id=1786