After you choose the best sized kiteboard for you, kite size comes into play. You may try and make your decision harder by trying to find the perfect kite size. Well, hate to break it to you but there is there is no “one size fits all” kite. Different wind speeds need different kite sizes. Plus there are different types of kites too.
For people new to kiteboarding there are three basic types of kiteboarding kites available. They are either bow kites, “C” kites, or hybrid bow kites.
- Bow Kites are a popular design because they give riders a large wind range. They have great upwind performance and are easy relaunch.
- “C” Kites are a traditional kite which has a very small wind range and sits deep in the wind window. This is an expert rider kite.
- Hybrid Bow Kites are take the positive wide wind range of the bow kite and improve upon it. It has more performance features like quicker response time and better unhooked performance.
Beginners should always start with a kite size that will not pull you too hard. To find the kite size right for you it depends on your weight, experience and wind speeds. Most semi-serious kiters need at least two kites, one for low wind speeds and one for higher winds. Over time they build a “quiver” of kite sizes for versatility, but for you let’s focus on one kite at a time.
Here is a normal example of starter kite size. Take an average sized new rider (140-190 lbs) kiting in light winds. This person will need a 12 m bow or hybrid bow kite. This size kite will be good to learn on and allow for progression as well.
Heads up, to find the rating of kite size, most manufacturers use the sail area in square meters.
Instead of add a confusing chart, beginners can follow our very general recommendations below.