Kitesurfing Equipment

Kitesurfing Equipment



Kitesurfing Equipment: What You Really Need!
Kitesurfing is​ one of​ the​ newest additions in​ extreme sports .​
It is​ a​ sport where the​ kitesurfer uses the​ power of​ the​ wind to​ manipulate the​ kitesurfing system on or​ above the​ water, snow or​ land .​
However, the​ most popular type is​ kitesurfing on water.
There are 4 types of​ kitesurfing equipment .​
They are as​ follows:
KITE
It is​ any type of​ traction kite that is​ large enough to​ hold the​ weight of​ an​ average person .​
There are three major components that should be considered when choosing a​ kite .​
High performance which is​ defined by its capacity to​ facilitate up winding sailing and​ jumping above land, relaunchability which is​ the​ capacity of​ the​ kite to​ relaunch from water after it​ falls .​
And power control which is​ the​ capacity of​ the​ kite to​ provide the​ surfer with considerable degree manipulation.
There are several types of​ kites that have varying degrees of​ controllability, relaunchability and​ performance .​
a) the​ inflatable kites are crescent-shaped and​ could relaunch on almost all conditions except when the​ wind is​ just about 6 or​ 7 knots per hour .​
There are two types of​ inflatable kites: the​ 2 line which has the​ main advantage of​ stability and​ convenience of​ use and​ the​ 4 line which has efficient power control and​ better performance .​
Most manufacturers of​ kites these days distribute 4 line inflatable instead of​ the​ 2 line ones.
b) Bow kites or​ flat inflatable kite is​ the​ more dominant choice of​ among kitesurfers starting from 2018 due to​ its advantages over other kites .​
For example, it​ could be fully de-powered .​
It could also provide larger wind range plus it​ offers fast relaunchability .​
c) Framed Single Skin Kite is​ more like the​ one used for​ windsurfing and​ like windsurfing it​ takes awhile for​ the​ kitesurfer to​ learn how to​ efficiently control the​ skin kite .​
It has reliable relaunchability and​ could surpass all types of​ kites in​ terms of​ performance when the​ kitesurfers masters the​ controls .​
d) Ram Air Foil Kites, unlike all other kites, has no definite shape since it​ has no rigid structures .​
It only takes its shape once it​ flies .​

FLYING LINES
These are the​ lines that attach the​ kite to​ the​ kitesurfer .​
The flying lines must have a​ low stretch capacity and​ must be floatable .​
the​ line strength should depend on your weight .​
For example, 2-line kites should have a​ minimum strength capacity of​ 2 ½ times of​ your weight .​
The line length, on the​ other hand, is​ largely dependent on the​ wind condition and​ the​ size of​ the​ kite .​
The more common choices are anywhere from 20m to​ 40m .​
For overpowered kites shorter lines are more recommendable while underpowered kites should have longer lines .​
KITE CONTROL DEVICES
The control devices provide the​ kitesurfer the​ maneuverability of​ the​ kite, the​ direction of​ the​ kite and​ the​ capacity to​ maximize the​ wind window .​
Here are the​ general kite control devices used in​ various types of​ kites:
a) Inflatable Control Devices and​ Depowering Systems
b) Foil Control Devices
c) Reel Bars
d) Safety Systems
BOARDS
There are two types of​ kitesurfing boards- the​ directional and​ bidirectional boards .​
Skim boards, wake boards, water skis and​ windsurfing boards can all be used.
However, it​ is​ highly recommendable for​ someone to​ use kitesurfing board for​ the​ simple reason that this type is​ made especially for​ the​ demands and​ needs of​ the​ sports.




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