If you're going to be at that location a month or more consider buying a board locally and then selling it back for $50-$100 less at the end. It's way cheaper than renting or bringing your own. This way you can bring more gear and and extra kite with you in a regular suitcase and avoid airline overcharge. However if you're only spending a couple of weeks on your trip and hit multiple destinations it's worth having your own split board just to save the time and hassle...
If you want to buy the board onsite, do a little research on google maps on the locations you're going and make sure they shops there that buy/sell used boards (Tarifa is packed with kiting / surfing shops on every corner)
Example: I've started buying boards on my longer trips ... so when I went from Tarifa to Voronezh, Russia this spring it was blowing solid 3 days every week however the kiting community was so small and poorly communicated I couldn't even find a distributor or another fellow kiter to buy or even rent a board!
I spent 3 winters in Tarifa, Spain where it's windy 6 days a week .. that' about 3-4 kite-able days a week depending on which beach. I had Nobile, Flysplit and KiteElement. Tarifa is famous for rough waters and chop so the boards took a beating ... add to this 5+m jumps, crashing into waves etc.. In the end:
- KiteElement Revolt lasted about a week before the center of the board got all cracked and the board basically broke apart. The manufacture declined to warranty the board. The board was deemed unrepairable by 5 top shops in Tarifa after which I gave up and donated the pieces to my friend's school as decoration. So I consider their split boards a $600 decoration
- The Nobile NHP board barely survived however most of the damage was to the foot straps, fins and fit slots (poor design and cheap soft plastic). The quick lock design turned out to be good in theory and may work for beginners / surfing style however the fins are made of soft plastic and get nicked and damaged easily. Nobile rep that sold me the board sent out spare strap band replacements however once you start jumping they only last a couple of weeks .. so I'd pass on that just based on the strap/fin headache. You never know where you're going to be and carrying the extra parts add quite a bit of weight. Most airlines in 3rd world countries start to weigh your hand luggage, so it may become an issue. I've had my universal screw driver and a pack of fins confiscated in India from my carry-on because the airport security thought they could be used as weapons. You just never know.
- Flysplit help up nicely, basic wear/tear however nothing requiring a repair. It's the same price as Nobile so this is why bother with Nobile?
* I think the tooth split design gives the board the extra strength for take the abuse. I would only buy boards with such design.
** IMHO boards such as RD, Radical, Newind that share the same center 2" overlap design as Kitelement are doomed to quick failure given the moderate to heavy usage, I would avoid them if you want the board to last a few years. I've had bad experience with RRD quality in Kites and expecially their bars so I'd wait to see how their new tooth split board holds up. I only consider RRD a fashion brand at maybe suitable for an occasional kiting sessions. I've dealt with their customer support (in Italy) twice with nothing but bad experience. It is not built to last, early maintained or repaired.
*** I'd stay away from carbon fiber boards. They cost more with minimal weight saving .. when they wear out faster, harder to repair. Despite the claim, they break just as easy as your typical wood/fiber board.