Kiteboarding has come a long way since the early days. What was once an extreme sport is now only as intense as you’d like it to be. Weather you want to experience the freedom of sailing and exploring, you want to wakeboard without a boat. Maybe you want surf in any conditions or you want to get 40 feet of air and push the limits. Best of all it’s an all season, all terrain sport.
Basically, kiteboarding is freedom. It’s gravity, it’s your lift pass for life. All the hype aside, with the evolution of our sport a variety of kites are available. Some are meant to do it all, while others are very niche.
If you’ve followed this series for a while, you might remember me talking about how all kites fall on a spectrum from user friendly freeride to advanced freestyle and wakestyle kites. Now, for every design there are trade offs and for every comparison we dive into the different tradeoffs.
And while every kite in each category has its own characteristics and trade offs, there are certain attributes that are common in every category. We’ll be addressing those common attributes.