Kiteboarding stance is a subjective thing. Ultimately, it comes down to comfort. People ride a wide variety of stances from wide to narrow. You can also adjust the angle of stance. In the '90s and early 2000s, wide stance was popular. In recent years, with jibing rails becoming more popular in boardsports, narrow stances are popular. Neither is actually superior, albeit personal style comes into play. Most important is addressing your body mechanics and preventing injury or pressure points in your joints.
To find your stance, you should get your body warm by going for a run or doing some jumping jacks. Now stand in front of your board with no straps or boots. Jump up and let yourself land naturally. Chances are it will be somewhere around shoulder width and your toes will point naturally.
Go into a squat and see if you have any pressure points on your ankles, knees or hips. Adjust as necessary until you are comfortable. Take note of the appropriate inserts you are standing between on your board and the angle of your toes. Now match your boots or straps to this position.
With kiteboarding footstraps, there is a lot of room for forgiveness.This is because you can move your foot in the pad to adjust the angle of your toes. With boots, you'll want to be more specific as you are locked in one position.
Feel free to adjust as necessary over time to get it perfect. If you take your boots or straps off often, it's helpful to use a marker to outline the angle you like to set up at. That way you'll get it right every time.
Ryan (Rygo) Goloversic
Many people dream of quitting their job, traveling the world and pursuing their passions. Rygo is one of those people who pulled the trigger. A few years into his career, he decided to change everything and travel as a kiteboarder, freelance videographer & writer. His mission is to share the stoke & help people put the boarding into their kiteboarding. Get outside and kite!
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