Kiteboards for Beginners; Size | Dimensions | Best Beginner Guide

The appropriate kiteboard size is crucial for rapid progress and enjoyable time on the water.

Every year, many kiteboarders wonder, “What is the best size for my kiteboard?” What length do you recommend? How much should its width be?  This is not a simple choice, especially for someone just starting out. Businesses typically stock kiteboards ranging in width from 130cm to 150cm.

A kiteboard’s width should be proportional to its length. The ratio between the two dimensions should be 3.33:1. Kiteboard is the most exciting game on the water.

What is the best beginner kite to get? 

If you’re pumped after your first classes and ready to buy a kite, we advise going with an all-round/freeride kite (delta-shape or open C-shape kite) so you can get the most out of your time on the water. 

Such a kite is available from all major manufacturers. Several popular kites fall into this category, including the Duotone Evo, Cabrinha Moto, North Reach, F-one Bandit, and Naish Triad. When your skill level rises, you’re ready to take on new challenges, and you’re eager to practise your first jumps, these long-lasting kites are an excellent choice.


What size kite should a beginner buy?

The size of kite a novice should buy depends on several factors:

  • Your weight
  • Your desired kite count: 1, 2, 3, or more? 
  • Kite location conditions (average wind speed, gusty, etc.) 
  • Starting with your largest kite is suggested. You may practise with your giant kite under the easiest conditions. Sailing requires wind force 5 (17–21) knots, a smooth sea, consistent wind, and excellent weather. Kite surfers usually use a 9–12-square-meter kite, depending on weight. Please consult your kitesurfing instructor or us for final recommendations. 
  • After learning the basics with your first kite, you’ll desire a second. Due to addiction, not wanting to miss a session, and wanting more wind to kite You may be ready to jump-practice.
  • To maximise wind range with two kites, leave 3 square metres between them. 12 and 9 or 10 and 7 square metres.
  • The ideal arrangement for 3 kites and immediate unpacking is 12-10-8 or 11-9-7 square metres with 2 square metres between each kite. Always start with your biggest kite and reduce.

Kiteboards for moderate winds: (150 to 170 centimetres) 

These boards are typically wide and flat with very little rocker (the amount of flex from nose to tail). These boards will get a touch bouncy in the chop, but their large surface area makes them ideal for driving upwind in the light stuff.


All-Purpose Big Board: (140-150cm) 

A huge board that can be used for everything needs to be easy to ride and adaptable to different situations. In this class, widths are not uniform. In light wind, a broader board is preferable, whereas a narrower board performs better in chop. Compared to mild-wind monster boards, these typically have a bit more rocker.

Everyday Performance Kiteboard: (135cm to 142cm)  

This is where you end up if you imagine surfing in ideal circumstances with a perfectly matched board. During your first few sessions, you may find that this board is a bit too difficult for you, but over time, you’ll become more comfortable with it.

Strong Wind, Low Mass Height of Rider: (126 cm–135 cm) 

Very choppy seas are the result of strong winds. You’ll have more control in strong winds if you ride a smaller board since it will sink deeper into the sea. The same convenience of easier edging for lighter riders is achieved here.

The first kite board most riders will be comfortable on will fall into the All-Around Big Board or Everyday Performance category.


The reasons why you shouldn’t build a new kite 

Many recommend buying a second-hand kite for a first kite because you’ll likely damage it while learning.  Crashing a kite often tears it, so there’s little point in buying expensive gear you’ll throw away.

As always, everything depends on your learning speed.  After basic instruction, I stopped crashing my kites, but my friend, who started with me, killed two during classes and one we rented from the school thereafter.

As a beginner, you may not know if you want to keep kiting, so buying a new kite too soon may be premature. Beginner kites should be under 3 years old and cost $600-$700, including the control bar.  You want something impact-resistant and resellable after a few months.

Control/safety systems? 

Various stop signs and security mechanisms are available.  When altering the length of front lines (also known as “power” or “depower”), some systems use pull straps while others use “high-tech” buttons.

You may normally modify the bar’s sliding range so that it is always within easy reach. The length of the bar itself can be altered on some bars.

The kite also features a rapid release (QR) system for added safety. You can “flag” your kite by releasing the lines to depower it fully and flying it with just one line linked to your harness. 


You barely need to maintain your kite. Not keeping your kite wet is crucial. Sometimes it rains, and you have to keep your kite wet. After that, dry your kite quickly. If you don’t, mould may get into your kite’s canvas. 

Technically, this is conceivable. Thousands of kitesurf pioneers taught us We did it since there was little schooling, and we were fascinated by harnessing wind force with the kite. 

Learning kiteboarding is best with 12-25mph winds. Many beaches typically get 14-18mph winds, making kiteboarding easy. You may size your board down in stronger winds and up in lesser breezes. 

In good conditions, kiteboarding is safe.  

Final Conclusion 

In general, a beginner on a board of 144–144 centimetres (42–44 centimetres wide) in light to moderate winds (12–18 knots) and weighing roughly 75 kilogrammes (165 pounds)  A larger kite may be necessary if you weigh a lot or if you frequently ride in light air. 

However, a smaller board (e.g., 128cm) and a smaller-sized kite will be more comfortable if you are a tiny person, such as a petite-sized girl. 

Your first kiteboard should be large and flat-rocked so that you can get going quickly and ride upwind with ease in flat water. 

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