We start with some simple rules

  1. There are no more bad kites being produced – but really old kites are bad
  2. Make sure your first kiteset (board + kite) costs no more than € 1100,-
  3. Buy an allround / intermediate kite
  4. The kitebar defines the safety of the gear


1. No more bad kites?

Nope! Which means you’ll get quality for your money. Don’t get suckered in by the expensive brands and shops unless you’ve get plenty of cash. If money is an issue, you could check out last year’s models. They are often half the price and are just as good for you as beginner. Just like in other sports, only the pro’s get everything out of the equipment. Second hand is another options, but at shops you often get a guarantee and (usually) good advise. If, however, you still wish to choose second hand gear make sure you ALWAYS pump it up hard and then wait for 15 minutes. Then you’ll be sure that the next time it all stays inflated. It is also a good idea to bring an experienced kiteboarder with you for more in-depth inspection of the kite.

2. No more than 1100 euro?

Well, it’s mostly a number, but for € 1100,- you can get a decent set. You might not get the latest and greatest, but it’s definitely good enough for your first year. Use it to get up and going and then you can test different kites and invest more in your new addiction. Most shops also have package deals including the board, kite and harness. Call or visit a few shops online and you can generally get a good deal.

3. Which type do I need?

We highly recommend that beginners start with the intermediate hybrid or Bow/SLE kites for safety reasons and in order to progress faster. Most manufacturers will give you an idea from their website which kite suits which group of users.

4. Inspect your bar carefully

For more info see our Safety Advice section.