Kite surfing wins more and more fans all over the globe. It has been estimated that over 1.5 million people go into this cross-over sport that combines snowboarding, surfing, paragliding and wakeboarding. No matter whether you are a newbie or a professional, quality kiteboards are a must for your sessions. With so many brands and models available on the market, buying the right board may be a complicated task. Below there is a list of main types of boards and their specifications, so by reading it you may get an idea which piece of equipment is more suitable for you.
Directionals are the first type of professional kiteboards to appear in the market. Before they were introduced to the public, people used windsurfing boards connected with kites. Those were not quite comfortable, so kiteboarding companies came up with the idea of a new board. Directional boards have gained a solid reputation and are still popular today. They’ve their name because of the fact that kitesurfers need to jibe their boards to change direction. These boards heavily rely on the combination fins and rails, so they can stay upwind without causing you any trouble. Usually, the size of a directional board is about 1.4 - 2.2 meters. Such boards have several fins and a pair of rails to ensure proper grip.
Being the most popular pieces available, twintip boards have been introduced right after directional ones. The first twintip kite board was invented by Franz Orly, a French man who contributed greatly to the development of kite surfing. Based on skate- and snowboards, this piece of equipment is symmetrical. In contrast to directionals, you don’t have to jibe your board when you need to go in different direction. Twintips feature two fins that provide minimal grip ensuring support when the wind is light. Still, they rely on edging. Available in sizes from 80 to 180 cm, these boards are suitable for beginners and professional sportsmen as they ensure freedom of movement.
Being a bridge between twintips and directionals, mutant boards have a fin set up similar to directional boards and two additional fins at the nose of any board that makes them as maneuver as twintips. There is no need to jibe boards to change directions, as mutant boards allow you to move in different directions freely.
In order to make the most informative purchase, you can either talk to your instructor or consult our specialists who are always ready to answer your questions.