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    Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 8:27am
I have been an avid kite skier for some time.   I have watched some kite boarders recently and am intrigued by how they can ride their heel side edge against the pull of the kite.

The guys I talked to mainly fly in fresh snow.  Where I live I fly on snow covered lakes that are full of crust and chop from snowmobiles driving on them.  

I think a board will work better than skis in this junk but I have no idea which or what board would be a good one.   I have never snowboarded.  I have always skied.  My son's are the boarders in the family.

I need a stable board that can track through the junk.  I am a 50 year old dad so hopefully I am not making a mistake getting on a board.  

I am also sure once I get a board for kiting my boys will be dragging me to the slopes.  So I will need a board that can handle this also.

I am 5'11" and 195 pounds probably closer to 205 when you count the helmet and body armor I wear when kiting.

Thanks in advance for any advice you all can give me.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 9:05am
I don't kiteboard but I have watched them a bit surf & snow. The board I would the board I would recommend for kiteboarding is a medium-stiff board. The brand doesn't matter too much as long as it is a good brand (burton, forum, Rome, capita, neversummer ect.)
For you, I would recommend you learn how to snowboard before you tie yourself to a kite. The boards I would want for kiteboarding is not boards I would want to learn on. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 9:09am
i think the-house sells kite boards...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 9:17am
I take it a board is going to be so much different than skis that I should get out on the board first and learn my way around?

When you are strapped into a kite you can really lean back against the pull of the kite and use the kites power to help support you.   In smooth snow you can actually lean back in the harness and just relax as the kite pulls you along.  At my age I am not into tricks although I wish I could.

I do think your advice is spot on.   Since the style of kiting I will be doing will mainly keep me on heel side except for the occasional tack up wind for a turn/transition, what skills do you feel I should concentrate on learning out on the hill before attempting a board with a kite?

Any techniques or skills you could share with me would be greatly appreciated.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 9:19am
I believe the kite boards the house sells are of the water based type.   Usually in kiting when someone refers to a kite board they are referring to the kind that is used in surf on the ocean or large lakes with good wind.  


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 9:26am
I have asked around the power kite forums and most of the guys use all mountain boards, but those guys are out in good clean snow and don't have to deal with all the crust and frozen chop I see.

They also said to get a stiff board for my type of terrain but I was having trouble finding that in the descriptions.

The board will also need to handle speed well.

I think between talking it out here on this forum and on the kiting forums I should be able to come up with a good starting board.

I just have now idea what to look for in the descriptions as I am new to boarding.

Would there be an economical beginners board I could get to learn the basics on and then move the bindings over to a board more suitable for the conditions I have described?

This might be a good solution.   It would give me a good board to develop a skill set on before transitioning to a board more suitable for kiting.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 2:04pm
If you are kite boarding on a frozen lake you probably would want a mervin board (lib tech or gnu) because off the magna traction
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 2:10pm
Yah a mervin would definetly be a good board prob a  158 or 160 with stiff binders boots and board...maybae a trice with horsepower
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 2:49pm
iv always been facinated by kite boarding thats impressive!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 2:57pm
The board that come to mind to me. Is a Burton: custom X, super model. The super model will be softer and a better board to learn on. Lib tech: I would look for an older camber model (mtx) not BTX but the C2 would also be fine. Capita: black snowboard of death, Mid life. Nitro:pantera or team 
There are more brands that work and are good but I just as lazy. 
If you say you want neversummer or rome ect. I will recommond boards from those brands too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 6:05pm
Thanks for the input.

If you could be so kind as to recommend a beginner board for me to work out getting used to boarding on the slopes that would be great.   I have been over in the kite forums picking their brains as well.  It seems all of the kite snow boarders are much younger than I and are into boards that are great for pulling big air on high lift kites like those used in kite surfing so I don't feel their recommendations will fit what I need.

I think the recommendations for the snowboarding community will better fit the style of kite boarding I plan to do.

So first off, if you could help me find a beginners board and get me headed in the right direction down the slopes that would be great.  

I got out on my son's board in the yard today just to get the feel of it and it was like standing on a stick of butter.   He rides an older Burton that his cousin passed down to him so I don't know much about it.

I can really see how important using the edges are on a board after my short time outside.

I missed having the support of the kite to sit back into.

So back to a beginners board.  Please help me with a board that will be easy for an old guy to learn on without breaking the bank.   I would like a recommendation for quality bindings so when I go for my main kiting board I can move the bindings over.  Same for the boots.

So I am ready to invest in bindings and boots but would like to keep the initial cost of a beginners board down.

Thanks everyone for all your great help.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 6:31pm
Options I am looking at for my main kite board.  Please let me know your thoughts on these.

Rossignol The Experience Magtek.  Sounds like a good stiff board and I ride Rossi skis.

Capita Quiver Killer.  Sounds like a do it all board.

K2 Dark Star Wide.  This caught my eye because a wide board would be stiffer and since the style of kiting I will be doing I will spend most of my time cruising heel side, I thought this might do the trick.

Still have no clue what to learn on for the slopes or if any of the above boards could do it all.

I use a very soft flex boot for skiing and found the Burton Stumpy boot and stumpy bindings.... does anyone have thoughts on these?  It would give a bot more motion similar to what an ocean going kite boarder straps into....

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