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The four-line kite bar is the most common bar, using a total of 4 lines to power and steer the kite.
Steering lines: 2
Power lines: 2
Mostly uses on bow and hybrid kite with a bridle on the power lines.
The five-line kite bar using a total of 5 lines to power and steer the kite.
Steering lines: 2
Power lines: 3
Mostly uses C kites and hybrid kite without a bridle on the power lines.
4 lines bar on the left and 5 lines on the right.
does line length matter? Yes is does! The lines of the most kite vary between 15 and 27 meters. But what is the difference, and most important what length do i need for my kite?
all line length under the 15 meters is considered short. The shorter the lines, the smaller your wind window is becoming, here for there the power pull will be less. Not because the wind is always less strong near the ground, but the kite less time in the power-zone to build op speed and power. The steering of a kite with short lines will be more direct. This is the main reason to use shorter lines.
Short lines are best suited for hard winds and smaller kites. Also, some kite surf school train with kites whit shorter or extreme short lines (< 10m) This for avoid hard crashes of the material and danger of hitting someone
All lines above 22 meters are considered long. The longer the kite lines are, the bigger your wind window is and the more power you can produce. The steering of the kite with longer lines will be slower and less direct. Here for longer lines are best suited for bigger kites and most used in lower wind conditions.
There is no best line length, but the most common length are the lines between the 20 and 24 meter. The reason is that you can use 1 bar for bigger and smaller kites and have the best overall options.
Always check your lines before heading out, make sure all lines have the same length and are not damaged.
The bar for kite surfing can vary in width, so why is that and what size do I need?
Smaller kite bar (<45 cm) are more fit for the smaller kites. This is because the tips of a smaller kite are closer together and can steer directly with a smaller kite bar.
The wide bars (50+cm) are more fit for the bigger kites, and most of the time fitted with longer lines.
Conclusion: the width of the bar is based on the size of the kite you are using.
A kite bar what is what?
There are a few ways to connect your safety leash to your bar. Depending on the brand and type of bar you are using.