How to choose your kite for kitesurfing practice ? We will explain to you !!

Kites recommended to get started in this sport are type: Bow, Hybrid and Delta. The kites of type C are not suitable for beginners, the handling is very aggressive. The main features of the first comet are:

 A lot of depower (remove power) , so you have greater margin of error, good stability, and control of the kite.

– The system of lines can be 4 or 5 linesI recommend the 4 lines that will help ease the editing of the material, but some comets need 5 lines to get up as the type C.

You have to wonder, what type of navigation you are going to perform, depending on this you'll need to use a comet or another:

Freestyle: you want to surf like a true “pro,” and trying out the latest maneuvers.

Freeride: Navigate and jump in all conditions, flat water, waves, chopy... without worrying too much of what is the latest maneuver that is fashionable, although that is not to say that you didn't have to try them once in a while.

Waveriding: A separate category, which you only get if there are more than 1.5 m of wave and with a surfboard on the feet.

Kites for different types of navigation.


Comets C-type

Possess a surface of cloth with ribs and inflatable that maintain a stable aerodynamic profile, and an inflatable tube main (leading edge) keeps the format of the arc, even though they are not easy to take off. These features are those that are made by the most used to the kite by the "pros" and riders with experience. There are many brands that marketed models of this type. They are also the most are evolving year to year.
Advantages: Have a good capacity to tight (to go against the wind). Are fairly stable, they have a lot of power to jump and stay time in the air. Can be used with a wide range of wind (5 lines) and behave very well with gusty wind.

Disadvantages: Are more difficult to re-launch from the water. If the comet moves round the hood on the 5th line can be split in two, especially if you're in the zone of the breaking of the waves.

Kite Bow type, Flat, Hybrid, or 100% depower

These kites also have a surface of cloth with ribs and inflatable that maintain a stable aerodynamic profile, and an inflatable tube main (leading edge) that maintains the format and arch are easy to take off.

Maintains the basic features of the comets type C, but with the difference of a wing design more flat (under dome), and ends with finishes at the tip. They also have a branch line along the leading edge of getting a feather optimal penetration.

Advantages: Maximum capacity of penetration (powerlessness 100%). Greatly increases the surface projected with respect to the real, compared to the kites type C. Increased wind range. They are very easy to relaunch from the water.

Disadvantages: Are less potent and have a higher lift. Have lower capacity jump (lower height and greater length of the parabola).

They are similar to Paragliders.

Have two layers of cloth (upper and lower surface) divided by various cells, which are inflated with air the wind entering through the valves in front of and form your profile. Has a complex system of ropes to control it. Inherit all the knowledge of the paraglider manufacturers. Their low buoyancy and precise handling make it the most appropriate for use in soil with mountainboard.

Advantages: They have good traction. Some models are assembled quickly. They are generally more resistant to impacts, but can also exploit, or raffle off their cloths. Can be repeated easily.

Disadvantages: If you float for a few minutes, fill with water, and can hardly relanzarse. The multiple control lines can be wrapped, mainly in inexpert hands. Some models need a lot of time to deflate to save them. If you are misregulated (or deregulates any line) the kite loses the profile and let fly.

Another question that you will probably do is what is the measure of a comet should I use?

The extent of the comet depends on your weight and wind that usually go to navigate. If, for example, weights 70 pounds with 14 knots of wind, you'll have to keep a kite up to 12 meters and if the wind is 20 knots, the comet should measure 8 meters. To choose a good measure of the comet, the best thing you can do is to get close to a specialized store and they will help you to choose the measurement you need.

You must have in mind that if the size of the kite is lower, you will not get up and stay the course in change if it is larger, you will lose the control.

If you're going to try to see if you like this sport, and we'll give you tips on how to buy the comets, second-hand, as they are much more affordable. The price will depend on the model, year of manufacture, size, and state.

A new kite with bar costs between€ 1000 and€1500while a second hand in good condition for 2 or 3 years old, it should be around between 600€ and 800€, depending on the model and mid-range, or high.

CAUTION: always look very well what you offer, because if the kite has only 1 year, the price is not usually much lower than new.

To know that the kite is in good condition, we'll give you some basic points that must be fulfilled:

It is very important that the comet is swollen while you review, because this way you'll be able to see if it loses pressure and where.

Observe the control bar, the central line is the most wear and tear suffered by the rubbing of the bar. Read about the security system that it uses, and the state in which it is located.

The lines must be intact with no knots of any kind, or chafing. Check the connections where it joins the comet lines, the wear is normal, but should not be frayed.

Double-check the fabric, it does not have holes or scratches that are likely to be breakages on the whole in the side edges and folds.

One last tip, get close to a visit to Total Kitesurfing and we will help you get started in this sport.