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Buying guide of a kiteboard

Your kiteboard determines for a very large part the fun on the water during kite surfing. That is why it is important that you spend the necessary time figuring out the right kitesurf board. What do you pay attention to when purchasing a kiteboard? In the first place you determine which style you want to sail. In the main line there are wakestyle, freestyle, freeride, race and wavekiteboards.

Different types of disciplines

Wakestyle kiteboards

Wakestyle kiteboarding is becoming increasingly popular. Nowadays wakeboard boots are often worn on these boards, which means that you are completely attached to your kiteboard. Wakestyle boards are characterized by an angular outline and often have deep channels on the bottom for extra grip. The bottom is often provided with a sintered base, so that you can also use your wakestyle kiteboard on obstacles. In addition to the extra strong bottom you will also find stronger inserts in wakestyle boards, because they often style with boots. This type of kiteboard can also be used as a wakeboard.

Freestyle kiteboards

Just like wakestyle boards, freestyle kiteboards have an angular outline. The bottom is less heavily provided with channels and there are also no real reinforcements for the use of boots. You can use boots, but you take a small risk of damage. The Freestyle boards are lighter in weight than the wake stylers, which makes them feel livelier.

Freeride kiteboards

The tip and tail of a freeride kiteboard are slightly narrower towards each other. This ensures a more comfortable kiteboard behavior compared to freestyle boards. You notice the difference especially in choppy conditions. With the freeride boards you can go fast and also jump high. In addition, it is a twin kiteboard which is also reasonably usable in the waves.


This is a small group at the kite surfboards. They are directional boards with long fins. The boards are ultra fast and run very high on the wind.

Wave kiteboards

This group of kiteboards is growing fast. A waveboard in the waves is super addictive. The kitewaveboards can be used with both straps and strapless.

After choosing the type of board, pay close attention to the following details:


The choice of size depends on various factors. The knightweight and the skills of the kite surfer are generally the most important starting points. You can say that a smaller kiteboard rotates faster, but it goes later into planing than a larger kiteboard. Novice kite surfers certainly have a big advantage, so Telstar Surf recommends choosing a larger size when in doubt. By the way, kiteboards have been used ever larger in recent years due to an increased rocker line in the kite surfboards.

Ratio weight rider and size kiteboard *

<70 kg: 128 - 132
70-80 kg: 130-136
80-95 kg: 134 - 140
> 95 kg:> 138
* Different standards apply to novice kite surfers or specific light weather kiteboards.


The lighter a kiteboard, the better. You experience everything that you have on extra feet on your feet as a ballast. You notice this when controling, jumping, rotating, etc.


Beware of very stiff kiteboards. These can feel uncomfortable and can lead to (knee) injuries faster.

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