Checklist used kitesurfing equipment

Used kitesurfing equipment can be a good budget alternative for new equipment. Kitesurfing equipment can be quite an investment if you’re buying new. Many beginning kitesurfers want to see whether the sport is for them on the long run before buying new equipment. We get asked about second hand gear a lot so here are our tips for buying second hand gear.

 

Should I buy new or used kitesurfing equipment?

If you have the budget, always go for new gear. This ensures you buy something with warrantee and you know it’s in good shape. From personal experience I can say second hand material can be a more expensive option in the end. Although I looked at everything listed in the checklist below, I still ended up with kites that didn’t function properly. To keep the cost of your new gear as low as possible, you might want to start out with just one kite. This should be your biggest or middle size. For instance, a 75 kg rider could start with anything from 9-12 square meters.

You can get lucky when buying second hand material though. There is plenty of material on the market that’s still in good shape. It doesn’t guarantee you buy a good kite, but make sure to run through the checklist below.

 

Checklist used kitesurfing equipment 

Year: not older than 2011 because of safety systems. Try to buy no older than 3 years, as extensive use and exposure to UV light break down the material

Type: as a beginner, go for a bow kite or hybrid kite. C-kites will make learning much harder

Canopy: should feel crispy when you rub it between your hands. If the material feels soft, it means it is at the end on its life cycle

Bridals: check whether there is not too much wear and tear

Tubes: always inflate a kite and leave it for half an hour to see if it stays inflated

Seems: check all stitched seems for wear and tear

Repairs: check for repairs. A professional repair can actually make a weak spot stronger than before but often the value of the kite decreases.

 

Checklist used kitesurfing bar

Safety system: check, check and double check. Never buy a bar if the safety system doesn’t fully function

Depower line: often wears quickly. If it’s worn, it’s doesn’t have to be a deal breaker. Depower lines are cheap and easy to replace.

Lines: check for knots and damage. Also check the connection point to the kite.

 

Checklist used kitesurfing board

Size: bigger is better for beginners. Go for at least 136 centimetres

Pads & straps: do they fit properly? Comfortable? No worn?

Fins: are all fins included and not damaged?

Handle: especially beginners want a grab handle to put the board on their feet.

Conclusion

As you can see after reading this article, there are a lot of details that determine the quality of a kitesurfing set. Our advice is to buy second hand at shops with a warrantee. If you have the budget, go for new. A lot of kitesurfing gear can be found on Marktplaats, but not a lot of it is in good condition.