Frequent question: How do I choose the right size kite?

The basic rule to follow when choosing a kite size — the stronger the wind you expect, the smaller your kite should be. The wind range at which you can safely ride is from 3–5 to 15–20 m/s, and comfortable for most riders — from about 6 to 12 m/s.

What size kite do I need for my weight?

Kite Size Chart

Rider Weight (kg) 43 Wind Speed
Kite Size (m2) 6 15
7 14
7 13
8 12

What is the best kite size?

With that being said most average sized riders (140-190lbs) would want to start with a 12m kite. This is the standard for most riders. This size will get you out on the water most windy days depending on where you live. Most people will ultimately need at least two kites, One for lower winds and one for higher winds.

How long should my kite be?

In general short waves’ period suggests short lines down to 19m for a more responsive kite. Most kiters that kitesurf in waves use standard 22m lines with 24m lines on lower wind days and, and the more exigent riders, 19m on the high wind and gusty wind days.

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What is the average size of a kite?

Kites are sized by the overall surface area of the kite when it’s laid flat on the ground. Typical kiteboarding kites are 7-18 meters. Kites are sized by rider weight, wind speed, board size and type, and rider skills.

How do I choose a first kite?

The kite size depends on the place where you will be kiting. If it is a place with light wind then you should choose bigger 9m2-13m2 kites. If it is a place where the wind is very strong, consider choosing a 5m2-8m2 kite. Usually we recommend you have 2 kites- one for light wind days and one for strong wind days.

What size kite do I need for foiling?

Our preferred setup for foiling, for kites between about 5-13 meters, is a 20” bar with 20m lines and 3m extensions. For all but the smallest and largest kites, the 20” bar is the perfect size for steering speed and handling.

Can you use line for kite string?

Nylon fishing line is usually the first type of line that most casual kite fliers use when flying their first handmade kite. It is cheap to purchase. However, it is not strong enough in both diameter and weight. It is also smooth, which can make it slippery when handling.

How long are power kite lines?

Power kite fliers will usually use a line length of 75′ to 150′, depending on the wind conditions. In stronger winds, shorter lines will allow you to get your kite out of the power faster and help you maintain control of a larger kite.

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How much wind do I need for a 9m kite?

For example, a 9 meter can be ridden in anything from 15 to 30 knots.