Line lengths kitesurfing

Many beginners don’t know there are different line lengths for kitesurfing. Your standard set of lines will be anywhere from 22-24 metres. Line length can make huge differences to power and performance.

 

15-19 metres

Using shorter lines means your wind window is smaller. This causes the kite to have less power due to having a smaller power stroke. The reason to use short lines is your kite becomes more direct in its steering. Short lines are best suited for smaller kites in strong winds.

 

Advantages

  • More control
  • Less chance of hitting someone with your kite
  • Crashes are not as hard
  • More direct steering
  • Increased high end

 

20-24 metres

Most bars come with a line length of 20, 22 or 24 metres. If you plan to use just one bar we recommend 22 metre lines. This is the optimal combination of speed versus power.

 

Advantages

  • Good for allround kitesurfing
  • Good low end and turning speed
  • High jumps
  • 24 metres is most used

 

24-27 metres

Anything over 24 metres is suitable for light wind days and race. The kite is higher up in the air, where there is more wind. The increased line length also means a bigger wind window and a bigger power stroke.

 

Advantages

  • Perfect for light wind days
  • Extra power and low end
  • Ideal for race
  • Suitable for sizes of 12 square meters

 

Can line length influence the performance of your kite?

In short, yes. Shorter lines give you less power but will make steering more direct and aggressive. Shorter lines are suitable for strong wind and small kites. Longer lines are best suited for lighter wind days and bigger kites.

 

What is kitesurfing line made of?

Kite lines may look simple but they are actually quite complex. Lines are made from super strong fibre called polyethylene (UHMWPE – ultra high molecular weight polyethylene). This material is often referred to as Dyneema.

 

Why are lines made of Dyneema?

  • Up to 15 times stronger than steel and 40% stronger than Kevlar
  • Thin, so hardy any resistance
  • UV- resistant
  • Water repellent en floating
  • Less stretch than Nylon or Dacron lines

Kite line repair and replacement

Just like anything, lines can wear over time. You don’t have to buy a new set of lines when only one needs to be replace though. There are several after market manufacturers who make lines custom for you. Make sure your lines are in good condition, as they are the crucial connection between you and the kite.

 

Check your bar before every session

Knots: make sure you check you lines for knots before every session. One knot can weaken the line by 50 %. Be careful not to damage the line when undoing a knot.

 

Damaged lines: if you find any signs of wear or other damage, replace the line. Weak lines can break, making for dangerous situations.

 

Rinse your bar after every session in salt water: salt water crystallises. This creates a sharp and abrasive surface, which can damage your line over time.