Beginner's guide to picking a twin tip kiteboard
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 kiteboarding 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.
|Beginner Board Size Guide|
|Weight||Min. Size||Max. Size|
|< 150 lbs (68kg)||136 cm||148 cm|
|150 - 200 lbs (68-91kg)||145 cm||160 cm|
|> 200 lbs (91kg)||150 cm||165 cm|
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.