What type of kitesurfing board to choose?
There are two main families of kitesurfing boards: twin-tip and directional models.
The most popular board model in the kitesurfing world is the twin-tip. Symmetrical in shape, this shape combines performance and versatility. This model is the most widely used in all levels and disciplines. Thanks to its symmetry you can navigate in both directions, without having to turn your board. Even if the kitesurfing twin-tip models are similar, their effects on water may be different. The twin-tip shapes are suitable for freestyle and freeride. Easy board and fast, these boards are recommended for beginners. If your board is wide and long then it will be ideal to initiate you to kitesurfing, as it will have more lift on the water. On the other hand, smaller boards will be more suitable for experienced riders. These bi-directional boards offer many advantages. Due to their small size, they are easy to handle, comfortable and have a good upwind performance.
The second large family of shape is the directional model. The directional boards are asymmetrical, you can only navigate in one direction. So to change direction, you have to change the position of the feet by jibing. They can be surmounted by straps or not. In this model there are two types of boards. One, similar to a surfboard, suitable for wave riding. The other, allows to gain speed through its elongated design, it is ideal for the practice of “race”. Race boards have only one objective: to make great upwind to go as fast as possible. For this reason, they have a higher volume and sensitivity in terms of piloting in order to get the most out of their potential. Both models have fins, they stabilize the board on the waves. The directional boards are larger than those of the twin-tip model. They are used by intermediate and experienced kitesurfers. The strapless trend of directional boards gives the impression of being like a surf but requires a certain level of experimentation. The navigation is then more technical but offers unequalled sensations. The board is nevertheless more compact than a surfboard, with four fins, we use all the power of the wing.