Types of kitesurfing boards
Just like any other board sport, in kitesurfing there are different types of boards for different riding styles. Think wave, free ride, race, foil, wake style and more.
Twin tip kitesurf board
This is the most used board in kitesurfing. Any beginner will start to learn on one of these. With these boards, you can ride both ways without repositioning your feet like on a wave board of directional board. These boards always come with foot straps and a handle in the middle to carry the board or put in your feet. Wake style riders often choose for boots which gives them more control. As a beginner DON’T wear boots.
Beginner twin tip board
If you are just starting out, buying a slightly bigger board will help you learn faster. They are more buoyant and stable than smaller sizes. If you progress to a smaller board, you can always keep you bigger board for light wind conditions.
Free ride twin tip board
The boards are for kitesurfers who just want to cruise up and down and do jumps. These have a flat rocker which gives them good upwind ability.
Freestyle twin tip board
Boards specifically made for freestyle often have more rocker than free ride boards. This gives them added manoeuvrability. This does however give the board less upwind performance. They are stronger than free ride boards, making them suitable for riding with boots.
Wake style twin tip board
Very similar to the freestyle boards but with more rocker and deep channels in the bottom. Wake style boards are specifically made to hit obstacles like kickers and sliders. The added grind base on the board makes them strong and durable for hitting obstacles.
Light wind twin tip boards
Boards specifically made for riding in lighter winds. Sizes range from 150-170 centimetres. These boards have a very flat rocker to give them great upwind performance.
Directional kitesurfing boards a.k.a. wave boards
Wave riding has really increased in popularity over the last couple of years. Because the kite gives you the speed you need, they are shorter and thinner. They can also be used in light wind due to more buoyance than a twin tip. As the name might suggest, this board can only be ridden in one direction, making turning a lot more difficult.
Wake skate boards
Wake skating is a cross over between wakeboarding and skateboarding. Very similar to wake style boards, but without foot straps. This kind of board is ridden with sneakers and the deck has grip tape.
Foil and race
In the early days, bulky wide boards where used specifically for racing. They look a bit like a wave board but with added volume and long fins. Race boards are made for speed and riding upwind. Since the introduction of hydro foiling, these boards aren’t used anymore.
Hydrofoils have been increasing in popularity the last couple of years. These boards look like wave boards, but had a mast and wing attached on the bottom. Once your boards comes out of the water, there is hardly any water resistance. This means you can ride with 6 knots of wind using the right kind of kite!