Lightwind Kites

Lightwind Kites

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There are few things more frustrating in kitesurfing when the wind hovers in that 8 to 13 knot range. It stands as a sort of kite purgatory, offering enough wind to launch your traditional kitesurfing kite, but not enough to really use it.

Fortunately, the kiteboarding industry has recognized this long defunct niche, and responded with some chimerical offerings. Before, light wind kiteboarding kites were usually just scaled versions of a particular model. The smallest offering was much similar to the largest, just with enhanced proportions. Because of this, much efficiency was often wasted. A 17 meter kitesurfing kite does not require the same degree of reinforcement that an 8 meter kite would - the wind conditions are vastly different, which results in different amounts of force interacting with the kite. Lighter kite construction has thus led to significant breakthroughs in light wind performance, allowing for greater stability and responsiveness. Coupled with this is flatter canopy shape, which delivers more power by maximizing size efficiency. The more surface area the wind can interact with, the more power will be generated by the kite. By flattening the canopy, it reduces the surface area of the wingtips, which aren’t used in generating power. Rather, they are influential on the turning speed of the kitesurfing kite, which is why flatter ‘bow’ kites traditionally turn much slower than hybrid and c-kite designs. On a related note, foil kites specifically designed for the water (closed-cell) are excellent options as well, as their light weight and flat profile make them extremely efficient.

Determining which size light wind kitesurfing kite is appropriate for you is going to be largely influenced by what other kites comprise your current quiver. For individuals who already have a 12 or 14 meter, it is recommended to size up to something 16 to 18 meters, respectively. As a 12 meter generally becomes useful around 14 to 16 knots, sizing too large isn’t necessarily a concern. With modern depower a 17 meter handles well into the high teens, although it will certainly be powerful. For those kitesurfers who currently have a 10 or 11 meter, a 13 to 16 meter kitesurfing kite may be a better investment, as the overlap will be more comfortable. 

For the greatest light wind performance, be sure to pair your kitesurfing kite with a light wind kiteboard. Between the two, it is almost guaranteed you’ll suddenly find yourself looking forward to those light wind days that were lost to you in the past!  

  • 2023 North Code Zero Kiteboarding Kite 2023 North Code Zero Kiteboarding Kite

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    North Kiteboarding

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    $999.00 - $1,499.00
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    Slingshot Sports

    $2,109.99 - $2,229.99
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    Slingshot Sports

    $1,269.99 - $1,869.99
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    Slingshot Sports

    $1,199.99 - $1,849.99
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    Ozone Zephyr V7 Kiteboard Kite

    Ozone

    $2,132.00
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    $2,132.00
  • 2022 Duotone Juice Kiteboarding Kite - Light Grey 2022 Duotone Juice Kiteboarding Kite - Vanilla

    2022 Duotone Juice Kiteboarding Kite

    Duotone

    $1,929.95 - $2,219.95
    2022 Duotone Juice Kiteboarding Kite FREERIDE / LIGHTWIND / FOIL Since its release just a few years back, the Juice has positioned itself as one of the top light wind kites. A 3-strut design much like the Cabrinha Contra and Ocean Rodeo Flite,...
    $1,929.95 - $2,219.95
  • Ozone Explore V1 Ultralight Single Skin Foil Kite Ozone Explore V1 Ultralight Single Skin Foil Kite

    Ozone Explore V1 Ultralight Single Skin Foil Kite

    Ozone

    $955.00
    Ozone Explore V1 Ultralight Foil Kite BUILT FOR SIMPLICITY AND EASE OF USE FOR ALL RIDER LEVELS, THE EXPLORE IS THE MASTER OF ACCESSIBILITY. THIS SINGLE SURFACE DESIGN OPENS UP A WORLD OF SNOWKITING OPPORTUNITIES, ALLOWING YOU TO RIDE CONFIDENTLY IN AN...
    $955.00
  • Ozone Zephyr V5 Kiteboard Kite Ozone Zephyr V5 Kiteboard Kite

    Ozone Zephyr V5 Kiteboard Kite

    Ozone

    $2,030.00
    Ozone Zephyr V5 Kiteboarding Kite THE ZEPHYR V5 BRINGS A COMPLETELY NEW DESIGN TO THE MARKET. IT MAINTAINS KEY ELEMENTS OF THE PERFORMANCE DOMINATING EDGE AND EASE OF USE FROM PREVIOUS ZEPHYR MODELS, WITH AN ALL-NEW PLAN FORM AND PROFILE FOR INCREASED...
    $2,030.00
  • Ozone Edge V10 Kiteboard Kite Ozone Edge V10 Kiteboard Kite

    Ozone Edge V10 Kiteboard Kite

    Ozone

    $1,390.00 - $2,390.00
    Ozone Edge V10 Kiteboarding Kite THE EDGE IS A TRUE SPECIALTY, IT DELIVERS A MIND-BENDING FREE RIDE AND BIG AIR EXPERIENCE WHILE AT THE SAME TIME HAS ALL THE SPEED, POWER AND PERFORMANCE REQUIRED TO WIN WORLD AND OLYMPIC TITLES ON THE RACECOURSE. THE...
    $1,390.00 - $2,390.00
  • Ozone Hyperlink V2 Closed Cell Foil Kite Ozone Hyperlink V2 Closed Cell Foil Kite

    Ozone Hyperlink V2 Closed Cell Foil Kite

    Ozone

    $1,913.00 - $2,219.00
    Ozone Hyperlink V2 Closed Cell Foil Kite THE HYPERLINK V2 BRIDGES THE GAP BETWEEN INFLATABLE AND FOIL KITES, IT’S AS DYNAMIC AND ENGAGING TO RIDE AS AN INFLATABLE COMBINED WITH THE HIGH PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF A FOIL. With unparalleled...
    $1,913.00 - $2,219.00
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    Ocean Rodeo Aluula Flite Kite

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    Ocean Rodeo

    $1,924.30 - $2,309.30
      Ocean Rodeo Aluula Flite Kite Aluula is so much more than light wind performance! The low stretch, quick flex properties of the Aluula Air Frame resists distortion significantly more than traditional Dacron air frames in over powered situations,...
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    2022 Slingshot Ghost V2 Kite 2022 Slingshot Ghost V2 Kite - Side View

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    Slingshot Sports

    $1,035.00 - $1,906.00
    GHOST V2 Versatile / Lightweight / Packable Slingshot designed the Ghost V2 kite to be lighter, more user-friendly, and even more versatile than its predecessor. We have tailored the aspect ratio to provide better upwind reach, response, and ease of...
    $1,035.00 - $1,906.00
  • 2022 North Reach Kiteboarding Kite - Red Sea 2022 North Reach Kiteboarding Kite - Pacific Blue

    2022 North Reach Kiteboarding Kite

    North Kiteboarding

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    $1,149.00 - $2,019.00
  • 2022 Cabrinha Contra 3S Kite - C2 2022 Cabrinha 02 Contra 3S Kiteboarding Kite

    2022 Cabrinha 02 Contra 3S Kiteboarding Kite

    Cabrinha

    $1,869.00 - $2,069.00
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    $1,869.00 - $2,069.00
  • 2022 Cabrinha Contra 1S - C1 2022 Cabrinha 02 Contra 1S Kiteboarding Kite

    2022 Cabrinha 02 Contra 1S Kiteboarding Kite

    Cabrinha

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    $1,109.00 - $1,649.00
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    2022 Slingshot Machine LW V1 Kiteboarding Kite - blue 2022 Slingshot Machine LW V1 Kiteboarding Kite - green

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    Slingshot Sports

    $1,685.59 - $1,782.39
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    $1,685.59 - $1,782.39
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    Naish S26 Boxer Kiteboarding Kite

    Naish

    $819.00 - $1,799.00
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    $819.00 - $1,799.00
  • Duotone Juice D/LAB Kiteboarding Kite Duotone Juice D/LAB Kiteboarding Kite - Front

    2022 Duotone Juice D/LAB Kiteboarding Kite

    Duotone

    $3,499.00 - $3,749.00
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    $3,499.00 - $3,749.00
  • Flysurfer SOUL2 Ram Air Kite - 6m & 8m Flysurfer SOUL2 Ram Air Kite - 10m & 12m

    Flysurfer SOUL2 Ram Air Kite

    Flysurfer

    $1,799.00 - $2,799.00
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    $1,799.00 - $2,799.00
  • Flysurfer SONIC3 Foil Kite - 9m Flysurfer SONIC3 Foil Kite - 11m

    Flysurfer SONIC3 Foil Kite

    Flysurfer

    $2,199.00 - $3,199.00
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    $2,199.00 - $3,199.00