Kiteboard Types Explained...

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Tommy (Session1)
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Mon Jun 26, 2006 3:26 pm

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Kite boards are available in three distinct styles although the market is dominated by bi-directional boards...
  • 1.Bi-directional (Twin Tips)
    2.Directional
    3.Mutant
1. Twin Tip Boards

Twin tips are by far the most popular style of kite board and are the only choice for 95% of riders from beginners to experts alike. They are user friendly, great for all conditions and excel at freestyle riding, providing excellent handling and control of the board during aerial manoeuvres.

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A typical twin tip kite board

Twin Tip boards are symmetrical in shape so the board will ride exactly the same way no matter what direction it is travelling in. The rider is located in a central stance on the board and uses sandal bindings (rather than full foot wakeboard style bindings) to attach their feet to the board.

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A typical kite board sandal binding

Foot position does not change during riding; to reverse the direction of travel the rider simply points the board in the other direction (similar to wakeboarding). Twin tips rely very heavily on edging to provide grip and improve upwind performance. Additionally, these boards normally have a total of four fins (two fins on each end) to help provide the board with grip whilst turning or when riding in lighter winds.

2. Directional Boards

Directional boards look similar to surfboards and have recently come back into fashion as wave riding specific kite boards. As the name suggests, directionals are designed to be ridden in one direction only and the rider must switch foot position to change direction. The construction is much more heavy duty than standard surfboards and the edge shape and fin position take the use of a kite into consideration. Footstraps are optional and modern directionals are specifically aimed at the advanced rider utilising wave power over kite power for down the line kite surfing.

3. Mutant Boards

Mutant kite boards aim to combine the best features of twin tips and directionals boards. They use directional rocker like a directional board but can still be ridden backwards or forwards like a twin tip. The stance is slightly off centre (around 60/40) with the stance position being biased towards the back of the board, so although the board favours one direction, it can be ridden backwards. Fin setup is similar to a directional board, but with the addition of nose fins to allow wake style riding. The concept produces a board with an enormous power range and incredible upwind drive and allows the rider to mix freestyle and wave riding without having to change boards.
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Mon Jun 26, 2006 8:49 pm

Thanks fella . . mighty nice of you to be typing these nice doccies!
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Sun May 18, 2008 10:54 pm

could you explain a wake board as I keep seeing these come up for sale they look like TT boards but slightly different? one end is slightly angled..?
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Fri May 30, 2008 3:57 pm

No, a TT looks like a wakeboard!

A wakeboard is used for wakeboarding (behind a boat or at the cable park)
They are symetrical in shape and were what the TT was designed around - look up lou Wainman on Youtube (I personally think that all beginers should have history lessons basied around Lou & others)

The wakeboard is in fact so closely related to the TT (being basically just wider with more rocker) that some riders still do use them for Kiteing but this is not really recomended for beginers as the width and rocker do make them harder to go upwind & the bindings make it more difficult to get in and out of.

Hope thats of some help to you - Ps up wakeboarding on the net and have a go somewhere!!
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Fri May 30, 2008 4:18 pm

My board has no straps, almost no rocker, not a lot of fin, rails which provide almost no grip, is directional... ish and has zero flex.

Please explain it to me Tommy?
Superman
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Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:00 pm

Skimboard

- whata I win?
:wink:
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Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:28 pm

Actually he rides an ironing board. He can't go very far though as the irons lead isn't very long.
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Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:55 pm

Superman wrote:Skimboard

- whata I win?
:wink:
Nice try, but wrong.
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Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:07 pm

TheAdebo wrote:My board has no straps, almost no rocker, not a lot of fin, rails which provide almost no grip, is directional... ish and has zero flex.

Please explain it to me Tommy?
It's a bit of cheap ply, stick some straps on it and it'll be as good as the best board you ever had though a little uncomfortable.

Thanks Tommy very nice and considerate information.
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Thu May 10, 2012 11:35 am

Well, what is a wakestyle TT. Ive got one. Its an OR Zen 135. I'm up riding and toeside etc so should I be ok with it?
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