Choosing the Right Wetsuit for Kiteboarding

Posted: October 30, 2013 by in Kiteboarding Accessories Review

Things to consider when looking for the right wetsuit for you

Kiteboarding with a wetsuit1. Where do you ride? What is your season high and low temperatures for both water and air? How long into the season will you realistically ride? How much temperature change do you experience throughout your riding season?

2. Are you warm blooded, cool or cold blooded? I am still wearing booties, hood and gloves when lots of riders are in just their wetsuit. How important is warmth to you personally?

3. What is your budget? This is always a tough one. Everyone wants to spend all their money on their kite, board and harness. Remember that your wetsuit is stuck to your body and will be a huge deciding factor on how long you can ride in comfort. In Lake Michigan you must have a wetsuit, and for all practical purposes it needs to be a 5/3 blind stitched and glued suit. You are talking of an investment between $175-350.

Kiteboarding with hood, booties, and gloves4. Sizing – Okay, so this is a given. This is absolutely critical for your comfort. If you get a suit, it should be snug, but not super tight. Can you touch your toes? Are the arms and legs long enough or too long? You don’t want to have bunches of neoprene on your arms or legs. I like to leave a little extra room for a layer of polypropylene for those really cold days. If you buy a suit online and it does not fit right, do not use it. Call the retailer and trade it in for the right size.

5. Booties, hoods and gloves – If you want to ride when it’s cold you will need all three. Booties are the most important to start with. Plan on spending $100 – $150 to get the right set up of all three pieces of gear. Your extremities are always the weakest link in the length of your session due to cold.

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Check out the new Liquid Force Kites Teaser for all the new 2014 Kiteboarding Gear!  Will be available for viewing and demo at the 2013 King of the Great Lakes Test Fest (KOGL) on Sept. 27-29.

I think that this trailer might have been edited by the makers of the Twilight series.  You have been warned.

Video  —  Posted: July 30, 2013 by in kiteboarding general, Kiteboarding Kite Reviews, Kiteboarding Press Releases, Kiteboarding Product Video Reviews
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Local Boy Cris Bobryk has more to come. Stay tuned with MACkite Surf Shop and BEST Kiteboarding

Video  —  Posted: July 24, 2013 by tuckervantol in Kiteboard Videos, kiteboarding general, Kiteboarding Press Releases, Kiteboarding Product Video Reviews
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Here is a little Sneak Peek of what Cabrinha will be offering in 2014.  Look at those colors… BAM!

Cabrinha 2014 Teaser from Cabrinha Kites on Vimeo.

Video  —  Posted: July 19, 2013 by tuckervantol in kiteboarding general, Kiteboarding Kite Reviews, Kiteboarding Press Releases, Kiteboarding Product Video Reviews
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With the heat wave passing through Michigan we have started looking for fun ways to cool off. So far the guys in the warehouse have gone through 2 cases of icy pops. This was one of the videos we ran across that is actually safe to share. And besides it is just kind of funny. Time to go make an AC and drick some, well “sodas” to beat the heat.

In light of MACkiteboarding now offering Slingshot Wakeboards, here are some of their best tearing up Hydrous Wake Park in Texas.

In this episode of Viva La Texica members of the Slingshot team hit the ShredTown Park and Hydrous Wake Park for a little fun.

Check out our wakeboard selection to pick up on of their board for a smoking good price.

Video  —  Posted: July 3, 2013 by tuckervantol in Kiteboarding Press Releases, Kiteboarding Travel, Tucker Vantol, wakeboarding
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Our own world traveler, Nathan explains how to pack your kiteboard gear for your next vacation.  Protect your gear, Save Money, and Maximize your riding time!

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Video  —  Posted: July 2, 2013 by tuckervantol in How To, Kiteboarding Accessories Review, Kiteboarding Product Video Reviews, Kiteboarding Travel, Nathan Patterson
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