By johnarthur

What gear should you buy?

If your going to purchase kiteboarding gear, we suggest you consider the following points to help you get the right gear on the first try.

What size kite did your instructor recommend for you to ride in your area?

If your instructor rides in your area, ask him/her what size is best for you.  If your instructor doesn’t live in your area, consult with the local riders in your area.


Are you sure you want to do this sport, or are you still testing the water?

If your testing the sport … take more lessons before you buy. If you are ready buy,  purchase the smaller size kite that is still commonly used by riders of your size in your local area.


What is the most common size kite used in your area by riders your size and gender?

Talk to the local riders in your area and ask them what size kite is commonly used by someone your size and gender?


Are you going to purchase more than one kite, or are you willing to purchase more than one kite in the near future?

If you know you will purchase more than one kite, purchase the smaller size kite commonly used in your area as your first kite. Practice using it in light winds as you develop enough skill to ride safely.


What is your initial budget for a full set of kiteboarding equipment?

If you don’t have the money to buy kiteboarding equipment, you may want to hold off on lessons until you save up enough money to get lessons and gear.  New gear at the lowest available price is always the best buy for all levels of kite boarders.  Old gear is usually worn out and parts are missing.  Historically, it’s not the good deal you had hoped for.


Do you have open space for launching, landing and riding, or are you somewhat restricted?

If you find your flying area is somewhat restricted, but not unsafe.  Consider getting short lines for you kite while training.  AKA: School lines.  They’re an accessory, and they must be compatible with your control bar and kite system.  KiteBuys has access to school line sets, just email on how to purchase them.


Are you going to travel to kiteboard, or just ride locally?

Always check with the local riders or kite shop in the area you are traveling.  Get their recommendation on what kite size to bring.  If you are traveling and plan on kiteboarding … the most common size kite to travel with, is a 12m kite for riders 150 pounds or more.  A 9m kite is the most common kite used by rides 100 – 150 pounds.


Feel free to contact us or reply to this blog.

John Arthur – chief instructional advisor for,

By johna

Your instincts are wrong !

Yes, it’s true. Your instincts are going to cause you frustration and safety issues when you learn to kiteboard.

Don’t worry, you just need to take lessons with Manta Wind & Water Sports.  We have spent the last 14 years perfecting our teaching program to ensure you know what those instincts are and what action you should practice to override the problems that plague novice kiteboarders.

Just follow us as we present new tips and tricks posts for anyone interested in getting better at kiteboarding and improving the safety of this critical period of learning.

Instinct #1

When we give a kite a turn command (steer it) , it moves … as it moves accross the sky, it pulls …. as it pulls , we instinctively pull back.

That’s the Problem Instinct.

Instinctively, we pull on the control bar with both hands when  the kite pulls us.  Instead, we need to steer the kite rather than fight the kite.

I suggest you practice steering your kite by pushing ONE hand towards the kite when you steer , rather than pull with both hands toward you when it pulls.

Learn to steer a powerful kite to a weaker part of the sky and hold it there. This will calm it down, using your ability to steer.

Steering a kite is how we control its power, direction, safety and support features.

Learn to steer it well , and you will learn quicker and safer than the average student.



John Arthur

IKO and PASA level 2 kiteboarding instructor for Manta Wind & Water Sports