Where can I find a good kitesurfing board?
by Jakob Jelling [January 29, 2007]
As you can imagine, your kitesurfing board is just as important as any other piece of equipment. If you do not have the right board, you'll find it more difficult to do maneuver the way you'd like to - and if you're just starting out, you might find yourself having trouble learning all the right kitesurfing techniques.
Of course, the easiest way to find a kitesurfing board would be to look for one of the many kitesurfing shops that have started up. These stores should help you find a board as well as some of the other equipment that you're going to need in order to go kitesurfing. One problem, however, is that since this is a relatively new sport, it's possible that you won't be able to find a kitesurfing store near you. As a result, you may have to order from one of these stores online.
Another way to find a good board would be to go to any nearby water sport stores. These should have a lot of different equipment that you can use for several different water sports, including kitesurfing, wakeboarding, and windsurfing. Usually, you will also be able to find somebody who works in the store who is also willing to help you find exactly what you're looking for.
This is not the only way that you can get good advice, however. If you live near a popular kitesurfing location, then you should go down there some time. By talking to the people who are already involved in the sport, you should be able to find out which brands and types of board are the best for kitesurfing. You can also ask a kitesurfing instructor - they should have a good idea as to which boards are best for beginners.
You may be able to use a wakeboard to go kitesurfing if you are just starting out. However, if you want to find the best board for kitesurfing, you should get one that has been specifically designed for this sport. That way, the design and size of your board will be perfectly suited to the sport that you're going to be participating in.
About the Author
Jakob Jelling is the founder of http://www.kitesurfingnow.com. Visit his kitesite for the latest on kitesurfing equipment, kiteboarding lessons, places to surf and much more!