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Kitesurfing Terminology


Airfoil (aerofoil): a wing, kite, or sail used to generate lift or propulsion.

Airtime: the amount of time spent in the air while jumping.

AOA, Angle of Attack: also known as the angle of incidence (AOI) is the angle with which the kite flies in relation to the wind. Increasing AOA generally gives more lift.

AOI, Angle of Incidence: angle which the kite takes compared to the wind direction

Choosing the right kite size

Choosing the right kite size for the combination of wind conditions and your body weight is a critical for safe and enjoyable kitesurfing. Getting overpowered is no fun at all and you might get hurt. If in doubt, use a smaller kite rather than larger kite.

The following table maps out weight vs. kite size for the ideal wind range (typically from around 16 to 25 knots). Remember this is only a guide!

Weight (kg) Kite size (m2)
59 8
66 9
74 10
81 11
88 12
96 13
103 14
110 15

10 Reasons Why Kitesurfing Will Make You Happier

1) You will travel to the most exotic places

There are so many stunning kitesurf spots to discover around the world, I’m getting all giddy with excitement when I just start thinking about it. I was always travel-addicted before but since I started kitesurfing it is way more fun. I already saw so many different spots and every spot has a different benefit and a different vibe but I’m still so hungry for so much more to see. Do you need an inspiration for your kite holidays? Check out the free guide to my Top 10 Kitesurfing spots here.