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Waiting for wind for kiteboardingSo, you’ve decided to get into kiteboarding or kitesurfing. You’ve signed up for your kiteboard lessons. You’ve contacted MACkiteboarding.com to get help with selecting the right gear. You’ve already made friends down at your local, kiteboarding or kitesurfing beach. You’re pretty well on your way, right? Almost… Do you happen to have a girlfriend, wife or significant other? If so, you need to sit them down right away and “have the talk”.

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Here at MACkite boardsports center we are often asked this time of year, “What size snowkite do I need?” On most occasions my reply is, “What kind of snowkiting?” While I usually try not to answer a question with another, the terrain and style of riding will dictate the type and best kite size.

With kitesurfing, the kiteboard kite size is mostly dependent on wind Snowkiting with a Cabrinha kiteboarding kitespeed and rider weight. The more wind, the smaller the kite; larger the rider, larger the kite. For kiteboarding on water you must reach a planing speed in order to stay atop the water; this is not the case for snowkiting as you will remain on top of the snow regardless of the speed. For this reason, we often argue that snowkiting is easier to learn than kiteboarding on water. It allows the rider to focus on kite skill and riding position rather than just the logistics of boardstarts and relaunch. Snowkiting also allows the rider to practice with less power making it safer and less intimidating. Learning on water in 18mph wind requires a 12m kite such as a Cabrinha Switchblade for a normal rider. With the same rider and wind speed on snow, it is fully possible to ride with a 5m kite such as the Cabrinha Vector.

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When getting into kiteboarding, there are a lot of different things to consider. These range from choosing an appropriately sized kite, selecting the right board, deciding between a seat or waist harness, oh — and putting it all together. As kitesurfing does require a sizable initial investment, it will occur to people to try to reduce the cost by skipping lessons or forgoing a trainer kite. However, kiteboarding not only has a steep learning curve, but can quickly become very dangerous to not only you, but an entire beach, if you aren’t properly trained. Furthermore, you can easily ruin your gear, and investment, by skimping on the learning process. I ruefully admit that I self-taught myself, and in the process managed to shred a kite bladder, get uncontrollably dragged down the beach by a looping kite, and struggle much longer than I would have if I had just taken a darn kite surfing lesson!

The HQ Beamer kiteboarding trainer kiteOne of the first things I recommend for people considering trying the sport of kite surfing is to invest in a trainer kite. They range in price from $80 for a basic model like the HQ Symphony TR II 1.7m Trainer to $300+ for more specialized kites including the Prism Tensor 4.2 Kiteboarding Trainer / Power Kite, and in turn end up saving you time, money, and from damaged equipment.

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2013 Cabrinha Switchblade kiteYou were at the beach and this kiteboarder came riding by, floating on the water like magic. Then–pow!–he was 20 feet in the air flying through the sky. The kiteboarding bug bit you. “I have to go learn how to kiteboard!” you say to yourself.

This article will focus on a new rider looking for the proper kiteboarding kite for their first couple of years of riding. After you are an established rider, you will understand what style you are looking for and be able to pick a kite designed for your riding style whether that is waves, wake, free ride or freestyle.

MACkiteboarding first started teaching kiteboarding in 2000. Our first kiteboarding instructor, James Otis, actually went to the Wipika school (you have to look that up in ancient history books). So we have seen the incredible progress of gear, giving almost anyone who wants to learn to kiteboard the proper equipment to do so. Our take on buying gear is to get you, the new rider, successfully riding in as short a period as possible.

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