What is ideal wind speed for kitesurfing?

In general, a kiteboarder needs about 12 mph of wind to get up and ride. Lighter riders can ride upwind in less wind, while heavier riders (over 200 pounds) will need to ride at 15 mph.

What wind speeds do you need to Kitesurf?

Generally speaking, the average kiteboarder needs about 12mph of wind to get up and ride. Lighter riders can stay upwind and ride in less wind, while heavier riders (over 200lbs) may need 15mph. Modern race boards and race kites can get a skilled rider ripping in under 10mph, but this is the exception, not the rule.

Can you fly a kite in 8 mph winds?

Be sure your kite is put together correctly, or it may not fly. Deltas, Diamonds and Dragon kites fly well in light to medium winds (approximately 6-15 mph) while Box Kites and stickless Parafoil kites fly better when the winds get a little stronger (approximately 8-25 mph).

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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.

How much wind do you need to fly a 12m kite?

An average size kiter (around 165 lb) is usually able to fly a 11 or 12m2 kite starting at about 10 knots of constant wind. Note that I’m talking here about flying not riding – see below. The smaller the kite you have available, the more wind you’ll need to be able to launch the kite and keep it up in the air.

What conditions do you need for kitesurfing?

So, what are the ideal weather conditions for a safe kiteboarding session? A perfect scenario for kiteboarding would be a sunny, cloudless day with constant side-shore winds blowing in the 15-to-20 knots range.

How high can you go kitesurfing?

How high a kitesurfer can jump depends on factors such as wind and experience. The current record, measured by WOO Sports, for the highest kite surfing jump, is 114 feet, or 34.8m, held by Maarten Haeger. Beginner kite surfers start with jumps under 10 feet (3m).

How windy is too windy for kites?

Experts agree that most average kites will fly well in light breezes of 4-10 miles per hour. As a general rule, there’s probably enough wind to fly a kite if you can feel a breeze on your face. Another good way to measure the wind is to look for rustling leaves and waving flags.

What is the best weather for flying a kite?

The best weather conditions for kite flying depend on wind speed. In general, the larger and lighter kites fly easier when the wind is light to moderate, around 5-12 mph. For experienced kite flyers or when flying boxed kites, you can operate your kite in gustier winds with a speed of 8-25 mph.

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What size kitesurfing kite do I need?

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 kitesurfing kite should I buy?

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.

How much do you have to weigh to kitesurf?

Weight is only a factor of the equation and you can’t find the right gear by theory, you must really try. The target weight 165-175lbs might be quite close, since if you weight that you can use and benefit from 20m2 kites in the low end and still go out in high winds with 4-6m2 kites.

How much wind do I need for a 10m kite?

Wind 12-25 knots: 10m Union – Airush, usually on a surfboard. Wind 20-35 knots: 8m Union – Airush , usually on a surfboard. Wind 30-40+ knots: 6m Union – Airush, usually on a surfboard.

Can you kitesurf in thunderstorm?

Not all kind of wind is alike, and really strong winds are for experienced kiters. Missteering of the kite, incorrect material choice and small errors may get eavily punished. But even if one has high level kitesurfing skills it’s not possible to fight against natural forces like sudden storms.

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How many km of wind do you need to fly a kite?

A wind range is provided to communicate the range of wind speed that the kite will fly in. So a range of 10 – 40 kph means that the kite is capable of flying in winds as low as 10 Kph to an upper limit of 40 kph. The upper range can be a little more flexible if just flying the kite is the priority.