One of the first and sometimes difficult steps when getting into kiteboarding is picking your first board. Based on your weight, you can use the following table to get a good idea of your ideal beginner board sizes.
When starting out, it is recommended that you
use a large board for your size. The reason for
this is that you will find that these larger boards
are a more efficient ride for anyone starting out.
A large kiteboard will float regardless of whether
you are on or in the water, which will be very
important when you learn to launch from the
water. This buoyancy aspect of the board will
allow for a more forgiving ride as the board will
keep you afloat with some kite mistakes and
impacts. Another benefit is that it will be easier
to launch. You will find out that with the large
volume of this larger board you will not need as
much kite power to get you up and moving. It will
perform better when learning the board handling
aspect with the kite. When you push down on
your heels or toes, or edging, you will have more
surface area to dig in to the water to steer. Turning and learning the upwind aspect of kiteboar-
ding will be easer as larger boards excel in
upwind handling. Lastly, even as you progress as
a rider, this large board can still remain a useful
pick from your quiver as your light wind board. In
the long run, as your skills grow, you will not need
to worry about outgrowing this board as it will
still have its uses on the less windy days. Other
conditions you may want to consider if you are
learning in a location that is consistently very
windy, you will want to go to a small board size. It
will be easier to get overpowered by the heavier
wind speeds on a large board, so a smaller board
in your size category will be advisable.
Once you have determined the board size, the next step is to select a boards with the right lateral curve, or rocker. The flatter the board is, the better it will perform in lightwind and flat water conditions. If you are in an area where the water is consistently choppy or wavy, the more of a rocker you will need to help with board hand- ling. You might also consider getting a deeper rocker if you are more experienced in board sports and are planning on moving into freestyle or wakestyle kiteboarding.