Come take a look at our large selection of kites. We offer a large variety of kite sizes and styles.
We have Kites designed for kiteboarding on water known as inflatable or LEI (Leading Edge Inflatable) kites. These are the most popular kites used for kiteboarding on water and are often used on land or snow as well. They are usually flown with 4 lines but some use a 5 line configuration. These kites have a large tube on the front side of wing (known as the leading edge) with a polyurethane bladder inside. This bladder is inflated with air usually by a hand pump. This inflated leading edge gives the wing a solid structure and makes it more rigid in the sky. It also allows the kite stay afloat when crashing in the water. This aids in re-launching which is important part of kiteboarding. These kites usually range between $1200-$2400.
We carry LEI kites from brands like Cabrinha, Slingshot, Liquid Force, Naish, Ocean Rodeo, Ozone and more! Ask about our closeout specials and package deals.
Large kites that are used to propel someone over land, snow or water that are not inflated are known as “foil” or “traction” kites. The full size versions of these kites usually have 4 or 5 lines. These are more popular on snow and land based kiting because they are lighter in weight and often easier to setup. People often use foil kites on water as well. Usually the foil kites used on water are known as “ram-air” foil kites. These kites allow the air to enter inside the kite between two sides of material but does not allow to escape. This usually accomplished by a little flap that blocks the air from easily exiting. This gives the kite a little more structure and more importantly more flotation if crashed in the water. The advantages of using a foil kite vs an LEI usually come into play in light winds. Without a heavy bladder, the foil kites are much more efficient and stay in the sky in less wind. They also allow for a real floaty feeling when jumping similar to a parachute. The disadvantage is they do not have a solid structure in the sky which is troublesome if the wind is gusty or not consistent. They can also be a little more expensive as they require a lot of material and precision construction to be made efficient. These kites usually range between $800-$3000.
For light winds the most popular foil kites seem to be the Flysurfer Speed series and the Ozone Chrono. Come check these kites out now in our shop! There are also some great land and water based foil kites made by HQ, Elf and Ozone.
The first step to learning to kiteboard is usually flying a trainer kite. A trainer kite is usually a small foil kite flown with 2 or 3 lines. It is usually small in size (1.5 to 3 square meters). These kites are designed to give you a feel for the steering concept while getting an idea of the wind and “wind window”. They normally do not create a lot of lift or pull. They can also be fun for kids or good for pulling oneself on a landboard or kite buggy. They usually range between $80-$300.
Some of the best trainer kites out there are made by HQ. They even make a water re-launchable “ram-air” trainer kite known as the Hyrda. Many brands also make good trainer kites like Slingshot, Ozone, Ocean Rodeo and more. These make great gifts along withe Gift Certificates for lessons!