Different Types of Kitesurfing Boards – You have kiteboards of all sorts and sizes, we can divide them into the categories below. We will discuss all different types of boards and if you have any questions, you can always email, call or pass us!
Twintips – 5 Different Types of Twintips
The Twintip is the most common type in kiteboarding, as you learn kite surfing, you always start with a twintip. It is a rectangular board between 120 and 180 centimeters long and 25 to 50 centimeters wide. Boards can have very specific features to make him fit for example freerides, freestyle, big-air, light wind or in the waves. The core of the board is usually wood and in more expensive boards carbon is used to make it lighter.
- Freeride twintip
A freeride twintip is board that is flat at the bottom, easy to navigate and where you can quickly walk. Perfect for beginners and people who love to go back and forth and occasionally make a jump. A freeride board always goes with straps and pads, in the middle is a grab handle and is usually supplied with 50mm fins.
- Freestyle Twintip
A freestyle twintip is stiffer than a freeride board and has more rocker. The board can add channels and a concave for more grip. Freestyle twintips are sailing both with straps and boots and are usually supplied with 40 or 30mm fins.
- Lightwind twintip
Also called a door is a twintip with a large size above 145 centimeters. This board is suitable for the days with little wind. The board is level so that it touches the water with as much surface as possible, allowing you to quickly navigate and easily reach height. Exactly what you need when it blows softly. This board lasts you with straps and pads and in the middle is a grab handle and a multiplex is supplied with 50mm fins.
- Wakestyle Twintip
A wakestyle twintip is the stiffest twintip there, this makes for a lot of pop, this is what you need if you want to do technical tricks like hand passes (pass the bar behind your back in the air). The board also has a lot of rocker so you can easily jump your jump, usually there are channels and multiple concaves in the board. The board is usually darned with a boot to make it even harder and land during jumps, the board can be used with or without fins, usually there are 20mm short fins at the board.
A splitboard is a twintip that you can share in two pieces, easy if you travel a lot and do not take a boardbag, if your gear just fits into a suitcase.
Surfboards are made for kiting in the waves. For kiten, you’ll need a special surfboard, if you use a regular surfboard that also means golfing, you’re likely to break through the middle. Surfboards for kiten are made much stronger and inserts in for when you want to sail with straps. New from € 799. With a surfboard you can better grab a golf and because he’s a bit bigger, he has a little more buoyancy, so you can take a smaller kite than when you’re on a twintip with the same wind. You want the kite to not pull too much at the moment you go off the wave, so you have the ultimate “surf” feel.
Surfboards are available in many different shapes and sizes, sizes are always displayed in feet. Surfboards are in sizes between 4’8 “(142 cm) and 6’5” (195 cm). In the table below we converted the dimensions of a surfboard in inches to the dimensions in centimeters. You also have different fins setup, the most common is the Thruster (three fins) or Quad (four fins) setup. With more fins you have more grip. With some boards you can choose both setup and so choose what you like best. Surfboards for the waves are generally narrow and have a thruster vin setup, these are specific to the waves. All-round surfboards are often slightly wider and thicker so you can also enjoy it with smaller waves or with little wind. You also have freestyle surfboards,
You can choose from your surfboard to sail it with or without straps. With straps you have more control over your board, it is therefore advisable to start with straps first and you have the board under control to pick up your board’s straps, this requires a different way of sailing because you keep your feet on your board for control.
Raceboards are specially designed to compete during course race competitions. They are big boards with long fins of 50 centimeters, so you can sail with a little wind and run a fast speed. If you are on a raceboard for the first time, you must learn to kite again in the first quarter.
Hydrofoils are boards with a support wing so you do not get water with your board while you’re on the boat. This gives very little resistance, so you can already kite with 10 knots. Walking too high goes very fast. For some brands, use a surfboard with the possibility of interfering with a hydrofoil wing.
You have made skimboards special for kiten, these are boards that are good for the days with less wind. Here you can quickly get around because they are a lot wider. They are playful and good to use in small waves or strapless jumps.
A wakeskate is a small twintip without footbags, as the name already mentions a skateboard on the water, so you can include the same kind of jumps like ollie’s and the more advanced rider kickflips.
Directional / Kite-Surfboard
This is derived from the (golf) surfing. They come with or without footbags. Usually, they have three fins on the back and two footbands. These boards run relatively high to the wind through the relatively large fins in comparison to the twintips. They are usually not suitable for landing hard because they have a light construction. The sizes are between 5 and 6 feet (about 150-180 cm). The measuring system goes like the surfboards in foot and inch . You can take a smaller size kite than with a twintip. This is the default board that is most used.
These boards, like a surfboard or windsurfboard, have a front and a backside that are not the same. At the back are 2 to 4 larger fins from 7 to 14 cm. Mutants also have small fins on the front to make it easier to surf the fakie. The length is between 120 cm and 150 cm.
Well-known brands include Kite-Wave Boarders, Airush, Cabrinha, Flexifoil, Liquid Force, Carved, F-One, Naish, Nobile, North, Slingshot, Gaastra Kites and Bestkiteboarding.
Most stunts are based on two equivalent principles to get to the board of the water surface.
- At a basic jump, you are constantly perpendicular to the wind direction at a constant speed. After which the kite sends the direction one comes from. This causes stress on the lines and is pulled into the air. During the float period, the kite sends straight up, or back in the original direction of navigation, for easy landing.
- The second way to jump is called a popup. This makes use of the flexibility of the board to jump. Even at the pop-up, the wind is running at constant speed at right angles. One bends the knees and sends the board against the wind direction. As a result, there is a short sweep period in which stunts or tricks can be extracted.
The outline is about the shape of the board, the wider the board the easier you can sail with little wind. Sometimes the end of the board is a bit rounder, which makes it easier for you to cut through the waves.
Rocker is about how “crooked” is the board, a board with a lot of rocker is quite crooked, these are generally wakestyle twintips. Boards with little rocker are free ride twintips. You can have one rocker on your board (this is called continuous or V-rocker) but also multiple (this is called camber or hybrid rocker).
Flex has to do with how stiff a board is. Freeride boards have more flex than freestyle or wakestyle boards. The more flex a board has, the more comfortable it is to navigate and land, but a board must not have too much flexibility. Freestyle boards have less flex because you can then get harder for a jump and so can go higher.
Channels give the board more grip and can be a replacement for fins. On flat freeride boards you do not usually need this and will not find you soon on the boards. With freestyle and wake style boards you will see that this is increasingly applied.
- Concave (concave)
A concave is a negative ball in the bottom of a board. For example, some boards have a single concave, double concave or even a quad concave. A concave adds more stability to your board, with freestyle and wake style boards this is often used in conjunction with channels.