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Save HUNDREDS Buying Your First Set of Kitesurfing Equipment
Buying your first set of kitesurfing equipment can be a very nerve racking decision. 

Not only is there a tonne of contradictory information out there, there’s also the knowledge that if you get it wrong you’ll make your life 10 times harder on the water practicing on kit that simply isn’t right for you.

Added to which it’s damn expensive if you make a mistake.

So the first thing you want to do is work out a way to spend less money in the first place whist still getting out just as much because you’ve got the same wind range covered.
The best way to do this, believe it or not, is to buy less kit…

Sounds rather simplistic I know, but bear with me and I’ll explain.

The most important components of your kitesurfing setup are the kites themselves. 

These can cost anything from 1000 - 2000 € each. They are very delicate and do not hold their value well.

Boards on the other hand, are cheaper, more robust and as a result hold their value much better. 

So it makes sense to decrease the amount of kites we buy and increase the amount we spend on boards while still ensuring that we get out as much as possible. 
How we do that effectively?
The most important thing to look for as a beginner when buying a board is the size. 

By size I mean the length and width of the board. Generally speaking the larger the board the easier it will be to learn on as it offers several advantages to the beginner kitesurfer. 

The most important of these advantages is buoyancy. 

Because of its larger surface area a larger board has a great deal more buoyancy than a smaller board.

This makes it easier for the rider to stay on the plane (riding above the water)... 
But also means that if the wind dies or the power from the kite drops the board will stay on top of the water and you, the rider, will not experience that unpleasant, but wonderfully named, “tea bagging” sensation. 

The increased buoyancy also means that the rider does not need to generate as much power or need as much wind to be able to ride.

The main disadvantages associated with a large board are mainly to do with feel. 

A large board feels…well, large! 

It is unresponsive and doesn’t feel very dynamic. It has a habit of getting caught in chop and in high winds can become unstable, becoming harder to hold down as it bounces over the chop.

When you jump and start doing aerial moves you will really notice the added weight and while this is good for your abs it isn’t necessarily good for your technique. 

This brings us to the main issue with buying a large board…you will, relatively quickly, grow out of it.

Because of this most people will quickly look to buy a smaller board straight away and deal with the difficulties that it causes it in the early stages knowing that it will last them years once they can handle it.

The smart kiters know the unspoken advantage of owning 2 boards with vastly different buoyancy. That it massively reduces the amount you need to spend on kites by increasing the wind range of your current quiver.
Lets say you own 2 kites an 8m and a 12 m and a 135cm board. 
Your wind range with both kites and the board might be from 14 to 28 kts (depending on your size and ability). 

If you also then went and bought a large 150 cm board your could take that out with the 12m kite on light wind days and due to the added buoyancy the lower end of your wind range might drop to 10 kts. 


However if you had initially bought your set up with this in mind you might have opted to buy a 7m and a 13m kites (with your 135cm and 150cm boards). 

Now you have increased the overall wind range, because your effective wind range starts lower and goes higher…although there is something of a gap in the middle. You can however, plug this gap by changing boards:
So you can use: 

The 13m with the 150 cm board. (10 - 16 kts)
The 13m with the 135 cm board. (16 - 20 kts)
The 7m with the 150 cm board. (21 - 28 kts)
The 7m with the 135 cm board (28 - 35 kts)

(all these numbers have just been plucked from my head to illustrate the point and have no actual basis in reality. Actual numbers will depend on rider weight and skill level so please do not actually buy kit based on these illustrative figures, talk to some one who knows first)

If you were wanting to cover this wind range using just your 135 cm board you would probably need to buy another kite somewhere in the 10m mark. 
So by reducing the amount you initially have to spend (and buy-in less kites which lose their value MUCH faster than boards) you’ve massively reduce your initial outlay whilst still ensuring that you can get out just as often and in as many different winds as if you had gone the more expensive route.
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Sam Guest
Founder of Tantrum Kitesurf
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