There is an exciting range of kiteboarding packages available on the market, but it can be overwhelming knowing where to start. You need to be aware for a few different factors. Factor in the wind conditions in your area, in particular, the wind speed. Consider the water conditions as well.
Think about the type of rider you want to be, because this will directly influence you choice of kiteboarding packages. Also consider your weight. And the final factor of course is your budget.
There are different kiteboarding packages out there for different styles of rider. You have a freeriding package, for all round riding and cruising. A freestyle package for big airs, flips and spins. And a wakestyle package for unhooked pop tricks. Consider what type of rider you want to be.
When you start out boarding, kiteboarding packages such as the freestyle package are not advised and could also be dangerous. Kites and boards come in different sizes, and these sizes relate to the speed of the kite and to your skill. When you begin kiteboarding you will want to buy kiteboarding packages that have the biggest board you can get for your weight.
If you are 200lbs or more: your board should be larger than 158cm.
If you are 160-170lbs: your board should be 158cm.
If you are 130lbs or lighter: your board should be 148cm.
A larger board will stay afloat in the water when you make mistakes with kite placement. To begin with your kite placement is going to be off, so losing wind power wont result in you immediately sinking your board. A smaller board is easier to jump with and can hold down more kite power in the water, but to start with you will want a larger board. The next part of kiteboard packages is the kite itself. These also come in different sizes. To buy the right kite you need to factor in your local weather conditions because different kites are made to work at different wind speeds. Eventually you will need two or three kites to cover the whole 10-25mph wind range that kiteboarders ride in.
In light winds (10-15mph) you will need a bigger kite, in medium winds (15-20mph) you will need a medium kite and in high winds (20-25mph) you will need a small kite to generate less power.
How small, medium and large are defined is also relative to your weight. If you are the average weight for a rider (175-180lbs) then a large kite will be 15-17 square meters, medium will be 12-14 and small will be 7-9. Remember that the square meter measurement is the entire surface area of the kite and not the wingspan.
Buy kiteboarding packages that have medium sized kites. A medium kite has the most wind range and you can take this kite out, underpowered and learn the basics of kiteboarding in a safe and controlled way.
Kiteboard packages will also contain a harness. There are two main type of harness to choose from. A seat or waist harness. A beginner rider should start out with a seat harness. This harness has leg straps to stop the harness riding up the body. It gives good back support and keeps the spreader bar low. The waist harness has no leg straps and you need to have good body positioning to stop it riding up your rib cage. This comes with practice.
The final part of all kiteboarding packages is the bar and lines. Quite simply these connect you to your kite and allow you to turn and control the kite. These vary in length that is measured in cm.
Before you buy kiteboard packages, take a detailed look at your options and ask around. Get advice from experts, instructors or friends who are already into the sport. Take your time and get to know your kiteboard and you will find that it is one of the most fun and thrilling sports out there.