Boot riding has seemed to gain traction again in kiteboarding and a lot of people are asking if boots are right for them. The most optimal conditions for boot riding are steady mellow wind and butter flat water.

If you find yourself wanting to hit a lot of features (sliders and kickers) or are looking to ride with a bit more power and do a lot of unhooked tricks, boots may be for you. It’s best to start with a more flexible binding that is easy to get in and out of. If you find yourself looking for more from your binding you can try a stiffer boot or closed toe bindings.

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying New Kitesurfing Gear

Most of you reading this article either have already purchased kitesurfing gear or will be going through the process sooner than later. Let’s be honest – this isn’t the easiest decision you ever made.

Choosing your kitesurfing gear is as much of an emotional choice as a factual one. With dozens of kite and board manufacturers offering an overwhelming amount of models, features, and innovations, your decision is even more complicated than you might have originally thought.

Top 5 Mistakes People Make when Learning to Ride

1. Failure to Take Lessons: DIYs and friends teaching friends are not only ruining it for the incoming kiter 9 times out of 10, but also make our sport look bad and threaten site access. Get a real lesson from a real instructor.

2. Failure to Research your Instructor: Not all schools and instructors are created equal. Ask around and talk to kiteboarders in your area to make sure you’re going to get the best lesson possible.