We use a variety of Bestkiteboarding, Naish and Flexifoil Kitesurfing equipment during Kitesurfing lessons.
If you would like to buy a kitesurf package then please call to book in an appointment with one of our IKO/BKSA trained staff.
We will talk you through all of the equipment we use to find the perfect package to suit your needs.
When choosing a package you need to think about a few different factors. Wind range, weight, skill level and the beach/location you'll be riding at all come in to play. We usually suggest something between 11m and 9m for the average size rider. A slightly heavier rider would possibly think about going for the 11m with a slightly lighter rider going for a 9m. A 7m or 8m can also be beneficial to a very light rider too. The sizes are suggested to make maximum use of the best learning wind conditions. If you are buying gear in the winter months then you may need to think about going for a slightly smaller size to compensate for the stronger more dense winter winds. We suggest going for one optimum size kite to start with, with a view to adding another in the future to increase your riding wind conditions. A wise man once said 'only a rich man can buy secondhand' and that's very true. Buying a scondhand kite is a nightmare if you don't know what to look for. Previously replaced and repaired bladders, seams and valves can cause a nightmare if they haven't been done by a pro and leave you with a £500 shower curtain. A newer kite will have a bigger wind range and could potentially cover the wind ranges of 3 older style kites and cost you less.
Boards are often overlooked but they too have a wind range and can make a huge difference to your riding style, your progression and the number of days you spend on the water. A good starting place is looking at freeride or beginner boards around 135cm to 140cm in length. Width is something that comes in to play massively too as does rocker and concave. A nice long wide and flat board will get you going with little kite power, that means you can go out with a comfortable amount of power in the kite feeling safe and under control. A big surface area is what we are looking for to make life easy for learning. The only down side to having a big board that gets going in light winds is when the winds are stronger and you have more power in your kite. In powered conditions a big board will skip out from under your feet and be difficult to control. You must ask yourself though, will you be riding powered in your first year of learning to kitesurf? the answer is 'probably not'.