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.