GPS for kitesurfing

It is interesting to use a GPS for logging some of your kitesurfing sessions, particularly downwinders.

Desirable features for kitesurfing

- A compact GPS is best.
- Wrist mounted provides easiest access
- Download track log for sessions
- If waterproof IPX8 rated (fully sealed, no gaskets) can use without a waterproof case
- Large screen display option makes it easier to read on the water
- Route navigation (only available in high end devices)

Early generation GPS devices

The Waves

Waves are one of the most enjoyable features of the the ocean. You can ride them, jump over them, dive under them, simply watch then gently roll in, or gasp as they crash and roar during a big swell.

Different conditions affect waves and it’s important to understand how the waves work, what types of waves may be present when you visit, and how you can deal with them to reduce the potential for injury.
Here's some top tips about the waves:

Kitesurfing styles


Freeride is anything that you want it to be and the most popular kitesurfing style. Most boards sold today are designed for freeride. It’s about having fun and learning new techniques. Twintip boards and kites with good relaunch and a wide wind range are commonly used.


The kite and board are used to get big air (jumps) so that various tricks can be done while airborne. This style also used for competitive events and is free-format and "go anywhere". Smaller twintip boards and kites with good boost and hangtime are used.