The right kite size
Is bigger always better?
One of the most asked question: “what size kite must i use?”
so what is: The right kite size?
This is for people who want to buy a kite, or people how want to kite and have more than one size kite.
How do I choose the right size kite?
To answer this question we must check a few thinks
The Riders weight
The kite needs enough power to pull the rider forward over the water. So the heavier the rider is, the more power the kite needs. This power comes from the wind x the size of the kite. So in the same wind condition, a heavier person needs a bigger kite than a smaller person.
The kite size and wind speed
Selecting the right size for a kite always comes hand in hand with the wind speed. With low wind you need a big kite, with strong wind you need a smaller kite. Because the wind is never the same everyday you want to kite, the most riders have more than one size kite. So you can pick your size depending on the wind conditions. The actual wind conditions can be find here
The size of the kite is almost always printed on the tip of the kite itself. So if you see kites in the air, you can see what sizes other people are riding. this is a good way to spot what size kite you must go with if you are on the beach.
There is no one-size kite fits all
There are a lot of different kite brands. All brands produce a lot of different type of kites, and all those kites come in different sizes. So which one to pick?
First you must pick your type of kite. If you got your brand/type of kite you can look up the windranges of that kite. Every kite has his own wind range, a chart that shows which size kite fits best in what wind speed.
This gives you an idea what size(s) to pick. If you want to ride with a twin tip and jump high, you can have a bigger kite. if you ride a foil you can pick a smaller kite.
Example: if you are a 80kg rider who want to ride twintip in almost every condition this are the tips:
3 kites range:
- 7 m for the stormy days
- 9 m For the medium days
- 12+ m for the low wind days.
if three kites is too much you can pick a 8 and 11 m of for only 1 kite setup most likely to go for a 9 or 10 for best possible fit.
Size kite and line length
The size of the kite and the length of the lines are import to match. basicly the smaller the kite, the shorter the lines, and the bigger the kite the longer the lines.
but a more indept story is in the kite bar part
Best kite size for beginners
For kite surfers who at the beginning of the kite surf journey it is hard to choose the right kite size. For the safety and learning curve we tell beginners to look closely to other kiters. And ask more experience riders for the best size for that time. Below you find the kite surf kite chart and kite calculator. When using it and your not sure if the size is the best fit or you have doubt, always go for the smaller size kite. A slammer size kite had less power and makes it therefor a bit safer to go out on the water.
Kite size chart
Getting the the right size of kite for all the conditions is hard. A kite size chart like below can help you a lot to give a feeling of the range of the kite. This in combination with your own body weight and the wind speed gives the perfect kite size.
How does a kite size chart work
The kitesurfing size chart shows on the left side the weight in KG of the rides. On the top the wind-speed in Knots. is displayed. This gives the number in the table witch is the right size kite in square meters for the conditions. So for example you are a rider of 70 kg and you want to go kiting with 20 knots. The kite boarding size chart let you see that the 7m is the ideal size for kiting.
Keep in mind, this is an advise of using this size of kite. Depending on your type of kite, board, style of riding and other conditions you can go a size bigger or smaller.
The perfect Kite size
For everyone who want to know what is the best size kite for him/her we gave a perfect kite size chart or cheat-sheet. This is for riding a twintip and ‘normal’ line length (22m) in on normal weather conditions. On the horizontal axis there is the wind speed in Knots. On the vertical axis there is the weight of the rider in Kilogram. when combining those two elements you can find the perfect kite size.
What is the best kite size?
The average size is around 9 to 11 square meters. This is mainly depending on the weight of the rider in combination of the wind speed. So, an average size kite won’t say a lot. The best kite size differs from person to person but the best check is to view the kite size chart. Look at the average wind speed (20-22 knots) that would be the best average kite for you.