Buy a kite 

Are you looking for a kite? Look in the Telstar Surf kite shop for the right advice. When buying a kite you have to take into account all kinds of different aspects, which wind do you want to sail with, what is your weight, how many kites do you want to purchase, what size do you need, and so on! Buying a kite is therefore not something you just do, there is quite a lot involved. Read below what you should pay attention to when purchasing a kite.

What size kite do I need?

Determining the correct kite size depends on your own weight, the spot and the wind conditions with which you want to get on the water. The harder the wind blows, the smaller the kite. The same also applies to your weight, of course. The heavier you are, the faster you will catch a large kite. The spotlight can also play a role in this. Land inward, for example, the wind is less strong than at sea, but again you will not be bothered by waves and currents. All kinds of factors that have to be taken into account when buying a kite.

When you start kite you will probably first look at one kite. If you purchase one kite you want to be able to sail in most circumstances. You will do this between 14 and 21 knots. These conditions make it easy to start kite. The more stable and the more pressure in the kite, the easier it becomes. That is why you have to choose a kite that covers the wind range you want to sail in as much as possible. For most kiters this will be a kite between 10 and 12 square meters.

Below in the table is an average with which wind force / knots you can sail with which kite size (the table is an indication, for specific advice feel free to call Telstar Surf.

  50-70 kg 70-90 kg 90+ kg
Kite size knots knots knots
5.0 21-38 25-42 30-50
6.0 19-36 23-40 26-45
7.0 17-35 20-38 22-41
8.0 15-31 17-36 20-38
9.0 13-27 15-34 19-36
10.0 12-25 13-32 18-32
11.0 11-23 12-29 16-30
12.0 10-20 11-26 15-28
13.0 10-19 10-23 14-25
14.0 9-18 9-21 13-23

Types of kites

Every kite is different. From tube kites to mattress kites, you can kite surf with every kite. The most commonly used kites are the kites that you can inflate, the tube kites. The air that is pumped into the kite creates tension / pressure in the kite. This keeps the kite in its shape in the air and on the water, making it easy to launch. The pressure also ensures that the kite molds to its shape. Each kite has a different purpose and therefore a different shape.

To find a suitable kite, we have provided a clear explanation per category below. Look under which category you find yourself as a kiter at home and we have hung the right kite for you under the category.

Freeride / beginner kites

The Freeride kites are real everyone's friend. Freeride kites are popular because they are very versatile. This makes them suitable for kiters who have years of kite experience and for the beginner who still have to learn the sport.

The freeride kites are easy to relaunch, have a large wind range and can easily walk height and have the 'sheet and go' effect: after sending in the kite, the kite will automatically take you in tow.

A freeride kite also has a delicious 'sweet spot', making it easy to jump, gymnastics and you have enough time in the air to do old school tricks.

Well-known freeride kites are: Cabrinha Radar - F-one Bandit - GA Spark - Naish Triad - Duotone Evo - Ozone Catalyst - North Reach

Performance Freeride kites

Big jumps and a long hangtime. That is all that Performance freeride kites is all about. The longer you stay in the air the better! The kites are extremely good at height walking and easy to use. Because of the huge sweet spot you will fly through the air before you understand what happend, you can call it floating!

Duotone Rebel - Cabrinha Switchblade - Ozone Edge - Core XR - North Orbit

Allround / Freestyle kites

Are you looking for a kite with which you can do everything? Nothing is too crazy, from jumping, kiteloops to unhooked tricks, then an all-round kite might be something for you! Have you already gotten to the point where you like to jump, make front rolls, do a Raley unhooked or maybe even put down your first S-bend and practice with nice kiteloops? Then these great all-round kites are something for you! The kite can do it all, but nothing explicitly excels. Perfect if you want to do anything and everything with your kite.

Thanks to the shape of the kite, the combination between a delta and C shape kite, an all-round kite ensures a responsive and fast steering behavior. By using a bridle, the kites are simpler than C kites and they are easy to depower. And, as the name suggests, you can do anything with it. Let's go!

Well-known all-round kites: Cabrinha FX - Ga Pure - Naish Dash - Duotone Dice - Ozone Enduro - F-One Bandit

Wave kites

In the waves, kites must have a few important properties, such as: fast restart, drift power and low-end power. The quick start is useful when you are in the breaking waves. When a big boy arrives you want to be able to sail away quickly.

The drift ability is important when you overtake your kite while golfing. When overtaking, your lines will slack, making your kite out of control. A drifting kite easily flies backwards, keeping the tension on the line. Your kite should also deliver power easily. As a result, you can quickly switch to a smaller kit size. This is desirable on your wave surfboard because these kites can be steered much faster. Wavekites are also perfect for novice kiters because of their properties. In addition to the mentioned properties, the kites also have a good hangtime, so you can actually go in all directions.

Typical wave kites are: Duotone Neo - Ozone Reo - North Carve

Wakestyle kites

Are you the one who wants to become world champion within the kitesurfing world and put down one handle pass to another? Then put on your boots and get that kiteloop! . View these awesome Wakestyle kites!

The Wakestyle kites are also called C-shape kites. There is a small group of kiters who are eligible for these kites. The rider knows exactly what they want and how they want to land them tricks.

Wakestyle kites owe their name to their shape (a "C" shape). The kite has no bridles and you attach the lines directly to the kite. Often the kites are sailed with 5 lines to provide stability. The C-kites are suitable for megaloops and landing wakestyle tricks like Liam Whaley or Aaron Headlow do. They land many handle pass tricks with these kites because of the amount of slack they can create in the lines. As a result, the kite does not pull hard with an unhooked move, making it easier to put down a handle pass.

Well-known C-shape kites: Naish Torch - Duotone Vegas - Ozone C4 - Cabrinha Chaos

Foil / Ligtwind kites

Two types of kites are common for foiling. Foil kites fly in very little wind, as they are lightweight. The kites have no leading edge (the tube at the front) and therefore a large aspect ratio. These kites require a slightly different technique with regard to take-off, landing and flying compared to normal tube kites. You can also use tube kites for foiling, but then it is wise to look for a lightweight kite that easily delivers power. In most cases these kites have one strut instead of 3 or 5. They fly in very light wind conditions, but are also more likely to be overpowered.

Older kites

In addition to the latest models, part of the collection consists of older models. These products are specially purchased to be able to offer good material for every budget. Both loose kites and complete kite sets (set with kite, board, bar, leash and pump) are available at Telstar Surf at competitive prices.

Kite advice at Telstar Surf

At Telstar Surf we are ready for you. In the Telstar Surf kiteshop you will only find kites from top brands such as Duotone, Naish, Cabrinha, Gaastra, F-One North and Ozone.

At Telstar Surf you always buy the kite that perfectly suits your level and sailing style because of our huge range.

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