Purchasing a kite for kite-surfing is never an easy task as it essentially represents a vital investment to the sport. If you are someone that is looking for a brand-new kite to purchase, we highly recommend that you buy a kite that is functional, safe, durable, and that can be used for at least a few years before you need to go through this process again.
There are basically two types of kites that you can look at, including foil kites and inflatable kites. Should you already own a kite, you will need to get a second one as a backup if you interested in different riding conditions, such as freestyle, slalom, and racing. Over the past 10 years, new kite-surfing kites come equipped with a wide range of new and improved safety features along with innovative technology to make the experience more comfortable and enjoyable. This ensures that kite landing, piloting, and launching is safer and easier than ever.
Trainer Kites for Beginners
If you consider yourself to be a beginner, we highly suggest that you look at trainer kites before purchasing a 9m, 12m, or even a 15m kite. The trainer kite packages on the market are specifically designed to assist beginners with learning how to fly a kite and control it before attempting to launch from a board. Emergency release systems, de-powering, zippers, and bladders are the main features found on entry level models and are usually 3.5m in length.
The best trainer kites on the market include the Slingshot B2/B3, the Flexifoil Control, and the HQ Rush V Pro 350. These trainer kites are extremely popular and comes with a price tag ranging from $120 through to $220, depending on the trainer kite you choose. Each of them are easy to flu, predictable, and very responsive, making them ideal for first-timers.
Experienced and Intermediate Kites
If you consider yourself to be an expert when it comes to kite-surfing and would like to purchase one of the best kites on the market in 2019, you can’t go wrong with the top-rated selections we provided below:
The Liquid Force Wow V3, along with the Liquid Force Solo V3, are two of the best kites currently available on the market and provide very fast de-power and turn capabilities whether you are wave riding or racing. Another phenomenal pick that we highly recommend is the Cabrinha Switchblade which is considered the best all-rounder kite for those who want the ultimate performance, regardless of the weather conditions.
You can also look at the latest Slingshot Rally, delivering precise handling, effortless relaunch capabilities, instant de-power, and maximum range thanks to its Delta-C shape and tapered wingtips. This incredible kite will never let you down when it comes to foiling, riding waves, or jumping. Lastly, we would also like to recommend the Ocean Rodeo Flite which is one of the lightest kites on the list. It’s ideal for lofty jumps and snappy turns and doesn’t require loads of wind to get you going.