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Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka: Equipment

Kite Surfing is one of the main attractions of Kalpitiya, apart from its soft golden beaches and whale and dolphin watching tours. The waters and the weather conditions in this part of the island make it the first choice for most experienced riders and an ideal location to begin for those who have never tried it before.

Taking up kitesurfing is a huge step, and unlike other sports, requires a bit of investment in terms of equipment. This is to ensure that you get the best experience, and that your surfing improves and that you have a kit that performs well, while you are kitesurfing in Sri Lanka.


Although kitesurfing equipment is relatively expensive, you can get around 3-4 years of good use before you need to buy something new. No matter how experienced you are at surfing, it is important to note that kitesurfing in Sri Lanka requires lessons at a kiteschool in order for you to understand how to control the powerful kites and be aware of what to do if anything goes wrong.


When you are first learning how to kitesurf at a kiteschool, you will be taught using a kit that is specific for beginners. This kit is suitable to help you stay upright during riding and for teaching the basics of kite skills and wind conditions. It is not necessary to purchase kits for this stage, as you will outgrow it in a few weeks. Ideally, one should purchase kites that will transition you from beginner to intermediary kitesurfer. Here are a few essentials that you need to know regarding kite surf equipment.


Kites: When selecting kites, be sure to look for one with excellent depower. Depowering involves decreasing the speed of your kite by using the kite lines to let go of pressure. Good modern kites that have high depower include Bow kites (full depower) and Hybrid (high depower) kites. Although modern kites have excellent wind range, it is ideal to get two kites if you’re going to surf in conditions with varying wind speed. Another factor to consider when choosing your kite while kitesurfing in Sri Lanka is your weight, as heavier riders will need larger sized kites. Some people buy kites second hand. While there is nothing wrong with this, it is important to note that the bar belongs to the kite system, and these two cannot be mixed and matched with different kite brands. Bar set ups and safety systems are kite specific – however different size kites can be used with the same bar, where you can use two kites of the same model kite with one bar.


Board: Beginners looking to transition into intermediaries usually start off kitesurfing on a twin-tip board which is also called a freestyle board. These boards are easy to get up on, manoeuvre, and can be used to ride two ways without turning the board around. If you are looking to go further in kitesurfing and hit the surf or even move onto racing, then once you have mastered the basics on a twin-tip board, then you can choose whichever board suits your height, weight and the types of waves that you will be riding on.


Harness: There are two types of harness available in kitesurfing – seat and waist. A seat harness is used during lessons and offer great support, whilst a waist harness offers more movement and is more suitable for those who have mastered the basics.


If you’re looking to kitesurf, Sri Lanka is an excellent option for you, with great equipmentFree Reprint Articles, schools and kitesurf locations such as Bar Reef in Kalpitiya.


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Janet Brown is an avid kitesurfer in Sri Lanka and travels around the country in her free time to check out the best Sri Lanka kitesurf spots. She enjoys writing about all her kitesurf adventures in Sri Lanka.

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