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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!

  • F-One BIG ONE Lightwind Kiteboard (BO) F-One BIG ONE Lightwind Kiteboard

    F-One BIG ONE Lightwind Kiteboard (BO)

    F-One

    $669.00
    F-One BIG ONE Kiteboard LIGHT WIND Sizes: 160 / 164cm Discover the amazing world of riding in very light winds with the BIG ONE. You’ll be out on the water before all the other twin-tip riders! Amazing lightwind performances Fantastic edging...
    $669.00
  • On Sale
    2020 Cabrinha Spectrum Kiteboard 2020 Cabrinha Spectrum Kiteboard

    2020 Cabrinha Spectrum Kiteboard

    Cabrinha

    Now: $405.00
    Was: $449.00
    2020 Cabrinha Spectrum Kiteboard ALL AROUND FREERIDE Sizes: 133 x 40 136 x 41 140 x 42 144 x 43 148 x 44 152 x 44   DESIGN PROFILE A fast and forgiving outline with a medium amount of rocker. RIDER PROFILE Riders who need an all terrain...
    Now: $405.00
    Was: $449.00
  • 2022 Cabrinha Stylus Twintip Kiteboard

    2022 Cabrinha 02 Stylus Twintip Kiteboard

    Cabrinha

    $669.00
    2022 Cabrinha 02 Stylus Twintip Kiteboard LIGHT WIND FREERIDE Sizes: 150 x 45 / 160 x 47.5cm OVERVIEW Low rocker, high speed design. Optimized for light wind planing. Included with the board: 4x 50mm fins, 4x washers, 10x 6x16mm screws, grab handle. ...
    $669.00
  • 2022 Litewave Wing Carbon Twintip Kiteboard

    2022 Litewave Wing Carbon Twintip Kiteboard

    Litewave

    $899.00
    2022 Litewave Wing Carbon Twintip Kiteboard Sizes: 155 / 165cm The Litewave CarbonWING board has been a real game changer for many kiters, and Litewave has answered the call for a carbon fiber version. It's the same classic Wing shape, but with the added...
    $899.00
  • 2022 Litewave Wing Twintip Kiteboard

    2022 Litewave Wing Twintip Kiteboard

    Litewave

    $699.00
    2022 Litewave Wing Twintip kiteboard Sizes: 155 / 165cm The 2022 Litewave Wing has evolved into the strongest, lightest, and fastest all-wind BOSS. Riding in any wind speed has never been easier, even for the big guys. Tips are very thin and flexy with...
    $699.00
  • 2022 CrazyFly Slicer Lightwind Twintip Kiteboard

    2022 CrazyFly Slicer Lightwind Twintip Kiteboard

    Crazyfly

    $829.00
    2022 CrazyFly Slicer Lightwind Twintip Kiteboard Lightwind reinvented Sizes: 154x44cm / 160x44cm Full carbon construction Extremely light weight Excellent upwind performance The 2022 Slicer is the ultimate light wind machine which definitely stands out...
    $829.00
  • 2022 North Trace Hybrid Twintip Kiteboard 2022 North Trace Hybrid Twintip Kiteboard

    2022 North Trace Hybrid Twintip Kiteboard

    North Kiteboarding

    $749.00
    2022 North Trace Hybrid Twintip Kiteboard Includes: Board, 40mm Fins, M6x16 Standardized Screws Sizes: 145x45 / 155x46 Light wind? No problem. The all-new Trace has a progressive straight, square outline and large surface area for early planing and...
    $749.00
  • Naish S26 Orbit Kiteboard - Deck Naish S26 Orbit Kiteboard - Bottom

    Naish S26 Orbit Kiteboard (BO)

    Naish

    $739.00
    Naish S26 Orbit Twintip Kiteboard Sizes: 152 / 162cm LIGHTWIND FREERIDE If you are looking to shred light wind conditions, go no further than the all-new Orbit. We've designed a board that doesn't only prioritize light wind glide but also keeps...
    $739.00