The basic gear for kitesurfing is fairly compact, quite durable and not too expensive.
Kite (mandatory): with an inflatable bladder, they float on the water to enable easy relaunch.
Price range $1000-$2000 (bar and lines usually included)
Bar and lines (mandatory): the control system for your kite
normal line length is 24-25 meters
often specific for the type and brand of kite
Price range: $300 to $450
Harness (mandatory): provides you with support and some protection, and has a hook to connect the chicken loop to.
Seat harnesses are easier to use when learning as they don't ride up around your ribs
Waist harnesses are preferred by many as they are less restrictive. They can also twisted out of the way if you are paddling a board.
A line knife in a pocket of the harnees is a good safety accessory
Price range: $100 to $300
Dakine safety hook line knife
Helmet (optional): head protection is always good to have. How much is your brain worth?
Water sports helmet provides some warmth and protection
Good for mounting a helmet cam on
Price range: $80 to $150
Check helmet impact rating and impact standards before you buy one.
Put some marine grade reflective tape on the top and sides of your helmet to make it easier to spot in low light rescue situations
NPX Impact Vest
Naish Haize 144cm
We strongly recommend that you DO NOT use a board leash. If you get yanked hard, the leash will too (including retractable ones), which can result in your board hurtling at you and causing serious injury and possible knocking you unconscious. Learn to upwind body drag to retrieve a lost board instead.
Wetsuits (optional): for cooler and cold conditions, a wetsuit extends your season and allows you to stay out longer
Kitesurfing-specific wetsuits have features like water drainage at the ankles
A 1mm suit keeps the sun off and provides some protection from abrasion, and can be used in the tropics
Wearing booties stops water jetting up the legs of the wetsuit and provides warmth.
If you get water accumulating inside the wetsuit around your calves you can punch drain holes around the lower calves of the legs to let water out. Using a heated sharp nail from inside the wetsuit. Also put some holes above where booties would cover them.
Sunglasses (optional): provide good protection for your eyes against the spray and sun
Use sunglasses specifically for water use that have a strap to keep them on your head.
Protects from the spray that comes off the side of your board.
Kiting is often done in the late afternoon - comfort is increased when looking into the sun.
You can buy SeaSpecs sunglasses from our online shop.
Gloves (optional): provide some additional protection and improved comfort
Sailing gloves with padded palms and fingertips free can provide additional comfort when hanging on to the bar for long sessions
Neoprene gloves keep your hands warm in colder conditions - but get ones with curled fingers to facilitate your grip on the bar