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Kite Surfing Equipment

Updated on January 28, 2015

Best Kite Surfing Gear

Kite surfing is a dangerous sport that requires professional training! OK safety announcement over!

After training you will need to start collecting the kitesurfing gear you need to get started but this will not be an easy path. You should be looking to buy your gear based on safety and quality but the reality is that it will probably be purchased on cost and style.

While checking out the latest styles and colours of kite boards and Flexifoil kite just remember that if any piece of your kitesurfing gear fails as you hurtle across the ocean surface it will never end in happiness.

Wetsuits

Why would you need a wetsuit while kite surfing? I mean is it not a sport that needs lots of energy? Won't skimming across the waves while controlling a kite be enough to keep you warm? Well that would depend on your location and ability really.

If you are lucky enough to spend your days lying on a beach soaking up the sun - waiting for that perfect breeze then maybe a wetsuit isn't gonna' be on your shopping list. If you're in the north east of England however, then a wetsuit would be almost compulsory.

In a similar way if you're at the intermediate level in your skill then you WILL be skimming across the surface. If you're at the beginner level however you will probably spend more time in the water trying to re-launch your kite. In this case it doesn't really matter how hot the water is you will get cold eventually but beside the thermal qualities of the wetsuit it will also help keep you floating while you sort out your board and kite.

Often over looked a wetsuit should be in your bag of kite surfing gear, that way you will have the choice to wear it or not when you get to the coast.

Kite Surfing Gear on Amazon

Not the most obvious place to get your kitesurfing gear but you can sometimes find a bargain. If nothing else have a look at the specs for the item you are researching, this is often hard to find on other sites.

U.S. Divers Full Adult Wetsuit
U.S. Divers Full Adult Wetsuit

This U.S. Divers' Mercury wetsuit--made of the highest-quality materials available--offers a superior combination of fit, performance, and style. The full-size suit is distinguished by its titanium-blend 3 mm chest panels, which reflect heat back to the body to keep divers and surfers warm in frigid conditions, and the 2 mm side panels, which are pliable enough for upper-body twists. The suit also features a super-stretch panel under each arm for added flexibility. And thanks to the neoskin seals on the neck, legs, and wrists, the suit seals out water with aplomb.

 
O'Neill Wetsuits Mens 3/2mm Reactor Full Suit, Black/Pacific/Graphtron, Large
O'Neill Wetsuits Mens 3/2mm Reactor Full Suit, Black/Pacific/Graphtron, Large

O'Neill's Reactor Series wetsuits utilize the company's proprietary FluidFlex design in the shoulder and sleeves for improved range of motion, a fully adjustable Superseal neck for long-lasting comfort, and Krypto Knee Padz to protect your knees and extend the life of the suit. This 3/2mm full suit additionally boasts flat-stitched construction, a Smooth Skin chest panel, and rugged, snag-free YKK back zip.

 

Kite Surfing Safety Equipment

Never an exciting purchase but one that should not be missed!

Nearly all new kite surfers now put on a crash helmet at some point or other. If you're not sure of what's beneath the surface your kite surfing on some type of crash helmet could save your life. If you're surfing around an area with rocks or experimenting with something you've never done before on the kiteboard then maybe a crash helmet will be useful as well.

Depending upon your degree of skill or location your are kite surfing you may need a life jacket to keep you afloat and assist you while swimming for your kite, or to land.

You'll want a boardleash very early in your buying spree as it's the only thing that retains your board to your feet should you fall off it. This could avoid you watching as your kiteboard sails off into the sunset while you sit on the beach! Boardleases however are somewhat controversial for many, who believe that wearing a boardleash will lead to more problems than prevent. Something for you to decide upon for yourself!

Never purchase a kite surfing kite without a working safety release system attached. A safety release can be 2 or 4 lines and will simply attach to your wrist and to the control bar and will disable the power kite when you stop holding the control bar.

Pro-Tec Ace Water Helmet
Pro-Tec Ace Water Helmet

Water Proof Dual Density EVA liner. Full Surround Interior Fit System

Rear "Head Lock" Fit System which offers supreme comfort and fit advancement by cupping the back of the head. Can be adjusted for varying head sizes. Removeable Cupping Ear Guards with water channels and padding around the ears to prevent riders from blowing out their eardrums when they hit the water at high speeds.

 

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    • LisaMarieGabriel profile image

      Lisa Marie Gabriel 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Would that I were young enough and brave enough! My balance has never been great though... I have dreams of surfing and will add a kite to that !

    • SuzieJames profile image

      SuzieJames 4 years ago

      Wow.I would be too scared..but can see why many people love the adrenaine rush of a sport like this :-)

    • darciefrench lm profile image

      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for the intro to kite surfing!