for a beginner: directional board?
- Im planning on buying some equipment, to start Kitesurfing. Since theres
no such thing as rental equipment, the local instructor said to buy the
equipment first, then take two lessons on my own equipment, then Ill be
fine on my own.
Im an advanced expert windsurfer (100 days a year), (and have done lots of
water skiing, snow skiing, but no wakeboarding or snowboarding).
I have a very specific need in KiteSurfing. Because of the nature of my
business, I can get away fairly often, but only on very short notice, so it
s very hard to lineup a buddy, do do a downwinder with a shuttle car, so I
need to get out at the same spot where I launch. I know that staying upwind
is more work (and less fun). Therefore, I want the most upwind-oriented
equipment I can find.
Ill be using an 11 meter kite, for 8-13 mph winds (my windsurfing gear
picks up from there). Im looking at buying the TwinTip Bat 164, since the
impression I have is that this is the most upwind-oriented board out there.
I was told that the 11 meter kite will work on a 7 foot directional, in 8-13
mph. Do I reduce that to about 10 mph minimum wind, due to the smaller
volume of the Bat, compared to the directional?
Also, Im told that a directional is a lot easier to learn on. Whats your
opinion? Being an experienced windsurfer, I can envision gibing a
directional is going to be a lot harder than a windsurfer, since you have no
mast and boom, to help with control and balance, possibly making the Bat
easier overall to learn on.
--- In email@example.com, "Andy Sewell" <andy@f...> wrote:
Being an experienced windsurfer, I can envision gibing a
> directional is going to be a lot harder than a windsurfer, since
> mast and boom, to help with control and balance, possibly making
> easier overall to learn on.
I also come from a strong windsurfing background and have recently
started kitesurfing. Learning how to waterstart and jibe has been
easier than I anticipated. I use a 3 strap unidirectional board. My
second day on the water I was already doing some full planing jibes.
believe it is easier than on a sailboard as 1. the board is much
smaller, therefore bounces less in chop and 2. the kite holds you up
and takes your weight off the board, therefore the board does not
stall as easily. If you can do a full planing jibe on a sailboard you
will quickly learn how to do one on a kiteboard.
If you only want to kiteboard in light winds then go for a big kite
everything is much harder when you're underpowered, especially going
If you get a good video like "Kiteboarding how to rip" then you
be able to teach yourself without too much trouble. You don't need to
spend lots of Dollars on multiple lessons (especially if in your area
there are others that you can watch). With a little bit of time on
water it is quite easy to learn.
Have fun !