Equipment for Kitesurfing
Equipment includes a wetsuit, helmet, harness, board leash, life vest, GPS, safety hook knife, flying lines, control bar, anemometer (wind strength meter), and signaling devices (radio, whistle, horn, cell phone, emergency position indicating radio beacon).
There are many different features the various kite designs offer. The Leading Inflatable Kites (also known as LEI kites and C-kites) available are bow kites, hybrid (SLE kites), and foil kites. LEI kites are most popular as they give the rider the most overall control. Different kite sizes are generally used for the wind conditions present. Smaller kites are used with strong winds and larger kites are used with light winds. Most avid kitesurfers will have a few different kite sizes and one or more kiteboards. Having more than one kiteboard will depend upon the style of the boarder.
There are many different kiteboard options to choose from. Board varieties include surfboards, longboards, wakeboards, surf style boards, hybrid boards, twin tip boards and skim type boards. Choosing the type of board will depend upon which style and skill level the kitesurfer will use. Foot straps are necessary for off board tricks and bindings are needed for wakeboarding tricks.