Lightwind Kiteboards

Lightwind Kiteboards

lightwind-kiteboard.jpgOne of the best ways to enhance light wind kitesurfing is through the addition of a light wind kiteboard. New kiteboards are much less expensive than purchasing a light wind kitesurfing kite, which because of their size and efficiencies in design tend to be a more expensive investment. Adding a light wind kiteboard also allows for a speedier response to changing conditions, allowing you to switch kiteboards as opposed to kites if the wind does suddenly increase.

Specially designed for light wind, these kiteboards are optimized to require less power from the kite. Most importantly, light wind boards are flat in shape to facilitate early planing and greater efficiency. While this sacrifices rocker that otherwise provides greater control, better carving, and softer landings from jumps, it increases the kiteboard’s lift to drag ratio. This means the flatter profile will generating more lift while creating less drag and friction on the water from the streamlined bottom. This allows for faster riding, effectively generating more wind (through the principle of apparent wind). Increasing the surface area of the kiteboard, often times both vertically and horizontally, is also an essential component. Larger kiteboards are able to ride at slower speeds without sinking, which is crucial for going upwind and staying afloat in light wind conditions. Width is generally the more important dimension of the two, and can help reduce the length. Many light wind kiteboards are also the appropriate starting point for larger kitesurfers, who need the increased surface area and floatation as they learn in medium winds. When it comes to light wind machines, our favorite kiteboards include:

Best Breeze (145x44 cm or 158x45.5 cm)

The Best Breeze is a highly functional light wind kiteboard that delivers deceptive performance through its channeled bottom and subtle, staged rocker line.

Cabrinha Stylus (145x45 cm)

The Cabrinha Stylus blends light wind essentials with freeride performance, a functional offering that promises fun in even the most lackluster conditions.

Slingshot Glide (160x40.6 cm)

Completely redesigned for 2013, the Glide is tailored for lightwind performance, the noticeably reduced width allowing for better edge control.

Liquid Force Over Drive (142 or 148x45 cm)  

Designed both as a kiteboard for light wind and larger riders, the Full Contact combines functionality and low wind performance.

While not twin tips design, surfboards and race boards can also be great for light wind riding. Kite surf boards that are not only immensely fun in small to medium waves, but because of their size also double as light wind options. The Race Board provides the best light wind kite ability just short of a stand up paddle board, but is slightly more cumbersome than a twintip or surfboard because of its large race fins. With the light winds that tend to accompany summer on Lake Michigan, light wind kiteboards are an essential staple at the shop, and we are happy to lend our opinion!

  • On Sale
    2018 Liquid Force Libre Kiteboard

    2018 Liquid Force Libre Kiteboard

    Liquid Force Kites

    Now: $439.00
    Was: $549.00
    2018 Liquid Force Libre Kiteboard  What Liquid Force has to say about the 2018 Libre Free yourself from the light wind doldrums! If you think about kiting at the first sign of the leaves moving on trees, the slight flutter of a flag or the hint of...
    Now: $439.00
    Was: $549.00
  • On Sale

    2018 Liquid Force Moon Patrol Kiteboard

    Liquid Force Kites

    Now: $399.00
    Was: $499.00
    2018 Liquid Force Moon Patrol Kiteboard  The Moon Patrol has made a full orbit to the origins of kiting, giving a nod to the mutant shapes of the past with a touch of modern directional snowboarding inspiration - giving us a brand new category of...
    Now: $399.00
    Was: $499.00
  • On Sale

    2018 Liquid Force Space Craft Kiteboard

    Liquid Force Kites

    Now: $399.00
    Was: $499.00
    2018 Liquid Force Space Craft Kiteboard Get ready to blast off into 2018 with Liquid Force’s Space Craft. The Space Craft is essentially the little brother of Moon Patrol, allowing it to be more playful when it comes to jumping. Filling the gap...
    Now: $399.00
    Was: $499.00
  • On Sale
    2018 Naish Drive Kiteboard 2018 Naish Drive Kiteboard

    2018 Naish Drive Kiteboard

    Naish

    Now: $575.00
    Was: $865.00
    2018 Naish Drive Kiteboard What Naish has to say about the 2018 Drive The Drive is designed for intermediate-to-advanced riders who demand an extremely lightweight and responsive board for speed and upwind performance.Lighter than most boards in the...
    Now: $575.00
    Was: $865.00
  • On Sale
    2018 Slingshot Glide Kiteboard

    2018 Slingshot Glide Kiteboard

    Slingshot Kiteboarding

    Now: $399.00
    Was: $579.00
    2018 Slingshot Glide Kiteboard What Slingshot has to say about the 2018 Glide With 149cm and 159cm options, the Glide is a dedicated light wind board that gives you the light wind range of a surfboard with the freeride performance of a twin tip...
    Now: $399.00
    Was: $579.00
  • 2019 Cabrinha Stylus Kiteboard - Deck 2019 Cabrinha Stylus Kiteboard - Bottom

    2019 Cabrinha Stylus Kiteboard

    Cabrinha

    $619.00
    2019 Cabrinha Stylus Kiteboard Includes: 4 x 50 mm fins, (4) washers, (10) 6 x 16 mm screws, and grab handle What Cabrinha has to say about the Stylus Riders who want to make the most out of extremely light winds. Larger riders. Light wind has...
    $619.00
  • 2019 Duotone Spike Kiteboard

    2019 Duotone Spike Kiteboard

    Duotone

    $699.95
    2019 Duotone Spike Kiteboard Boards & More has dropped the name North Kiteboarding and has now rebranded as Duotone, under the parent company Boards & More, owns all of the patents from the North Kiteboarding gear currently sold on the market,...
    $699.95
  • 2019 Duotone Spike Textreme Kiteboard

    2019 Duotone Spike Textreme Kiteboard

    Duotone

    $1,049.95
    2019 Duotone Spike Textreme Kiteboard Boards & More has dropped the name North Kiteboarding and has now rebranded as Duotone, under the parent company Boards & More, owns all of the patents from the North Kiteboarding gear currently sold on the...
    $1,049.95
  • 2019 Liquid Force Overdrive Kiteboard - 142 cm 2019 Liquid Force Overdrive Kiteboard - 148 cm

    2019 Liquid Force Overdrive Kiteboard

    Liquid Force Kites

    $465.00
    2019 Liquid Force Overdrive Kiteboard Similar to its little brother, the Liquid Force Drive, the 2019 Overdrive received some fresh modern graphics. Whether you are a heavier rider looking for a freestyle board, or a light-wind this is the golden ticket...
    $465.00
  • On Sale
    2019 Naish Orbit Kiteboard - Deck 2019 Naish Orbit Kiteboard - Bottom

    2019 Naish Orbit Kiteboard

    Naish

    Now: $548.00
    Was: $685.00
    2019 Naish Orbit Kiteboard For 2019, the Orbit is back as Naish’s light wind machine. If you are looking to be the first one on the water and the last one off, this is the board to help you maximize those sessions and be the only one out there...
    Now: $548.00
    Was: $685.00
  • On Sale
    2019 Slingshot Glide Kiteboard

    2019 Slingshot Glide Kiteboard

    Slingshot Kiteboarding

    Now: $599.00
    Was: $665.00
    2019 Slingshot Glide Kiteboard What Slingshot has to say about the Glide Deceptively agile, this light wind board will keep you cruising in fan-wind bliss while others body-drag back to the beach in anguish. Features Gives you the light wind range...
    Now: $599.00
    Was: $665.00