Kites and Bars

Watersports Warehouse we will have you flying high and slashing those waves in style with our range of kites & bars. Pop into our store for some great advice and tips.

F-one has a kite for all your needs. The award winning all round F-one Bandit is now in 2 forms; the all round more freestyle orientated Bandit XV and the wave orientated Bandit S3.

We also stock Slingshot kites. This includes the versatile free ride RPM, the  surf orientated SST. and the big boosting, big air, hard core Raptor.

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THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A KITE

1. YOUR LEVEL

  • Beginner: If you are buying your first equipment then you need to choose a kite that will take you comfortably from a beginner to an intermediate level.
  • Intermediate/ Advanced: At this level, you should know where you need to progress. If you choose freestyle, meaning waves or  free riding,  a specific choice of equipment is required. When choosing freestyle riding, you should look for C-kite. For free-riding, either bow or hybrid kites will be good. And for wave riding, you probably should be looking for a wave kite.

2. TYPE OF KITE:

There are 3 types of kites: Bow, Hybrid and C kite.

  • Bow kites: can be de-powered fully, making them safer and easier to use for beginners. They are suitable much larger wind ranges, can be easily and quickly re-launched from water.
  • Hybrid kites: cover a very large variety of kites and can be referred to as Delta kites. They are easier to de-power and re-launch from water than C-kites.
  • C kites: freestyle kites that are generally used by pro riders for unhooked tricks. They have very quick turning and loads of pop, but much smaller wind range and are harder to re-launch.

3. SIZE:

Many kite brands make kites ranging from 5m2 to 15m2. The kite size depends on the place where you will be kiting. If it is a place with light wind then you should choose bigger 9m2-13m2 kites. If it is a place where the wind is very strong, consider choosing a 5m2-8m2 kite. Usually we recommend you have 2 kites– one for light wind days and one for strong wind days. When buying a kite, it is important to remember that bars match/belong with/to kites. You should not mix & match kite & bar because every kite has a different safety system, bridle position and length.