Where do they come up with this stuff, really? I mean, power kite kayaking? It sounds like a ridiculous activity, but it’s actually loads of fun! We went out with some good friends the past few weekends to see what all of the fuss was about. It turned out to be two weekends of pure joy.
What’s that? You want to try it you say? Great! We have a few tips for you!
First, you’re going to want to make sure your kayak will work well with a power kite. It’s best that your kayak isn’t too heavy. Obviously, you’re not going to get the best speeds with a heavier kayak. You also want a kayak that is narrow. Kayaks with wider bases have too much resistance. The more narrow your kayak is, the better it will interact with the power kite.
Once you have your kayak picked out, it’s time to find a place to launch and kayak! We would recommend a place that is very open. Sometimes it can be hard to predict where your power kite will take you, and you can’t just let go of it once it starts because the power kites run well over $1,000 each. Try starting out on a lake with plenty of open space. You want to have a team nearby who can act as a spotter for you while you power kite kayak.
If you’re looking for the best kayak for the job, we’d recommend you try looking on Paddle Pursuits.com. They review tons of different types of kayaks, and you’re sure to find one that works best for you. They have plenty on there that will work best for power kite kayaking.
You could also check out a tandem fishing kayak. Tandem fishing kayaks are actually really great for this. The only difference is since there is more weight, you’re going to need more power a.k.a. wind. For this, try an open area on a day where the wind is too much for people who are trying out other recreational activities. This should work really well. And you guys are sure to have plenty of fun!
We appreciate you reading. We know this topic is a little different than what we are use to, but we think once you get out there, you will enjoy it! We’d like to know your stories of your power kite kayak trips. Feel free to leave us a comment below for your story, or if you have any questions or concerns. Have fun!
Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Kite Surfing = SUKing. Except, it doesn’t suck at all, in fact it’s pretty fun. It’s not as enjoyable as rolling through waves with a surfboard and kite but it sure as hell beats moping because there aren’t any waves to catch.
You’ve been warned though, if you’ve never SUK’d it’s actually tougher then you’d think (or at least it was tougher then I thought it’d be). SUKing is ideal in light conditions, if it’s super breezy you’re probably going to have a heck of time on the water. Seriously, you’re going to look like an ass if you’re trying to take your big kite into even mid speed winds. If you do this against my warning expect to be dragging your huge ass kite and an equally huge paddle board half a mile down to the beach to where you left your belongings.
A Few Tips for SUKing
First off, it’s easier to start on shore then it is to start in the water. This video demonstrates how to get back on your SUP without destroying it with your kite harness.
Second, make sure you’re using a big ol’ stand up paddle board. I personally like my 11.5 tower social for SUKing. The more stable it is the easier it’s going to be. If you’re looking for some reviews on stand up paddle boards check Paddlers Retreat. They’ll cover you on what boards to look for if you plan on getting after some SUK.
Third, make sure you stay on your rail. This is not like normal paddle boarding where you get to gently glide across the shoreline on your board. A kite, even in low winds is going to whip you in different directions, if you’re not on your rail you’re going to get tossed. I promise that much.
If you’ve never kite surfed before SUKing is going to be extremely tough. Granted learning how to Kite is pretty damn hard as it is. Learning to correctly maneurve the kite while keeping your balance on a SUP board can be pretty damn tough, I recommend you learn a little bit about kite surfing before trying Stand Up Kiting. It’s not entirely necessary and you can learn as you go, just as you can with normal kite surfing but you’re probably be climbing out of the water a lot. And trying to climb back onto your paddle board can be pretty exhausting if you’re doing every few minutes.
Kite surfing is an incredible sport, the number of things you can do with your board and your kite are nearly limitless. Don’t believe me check out this gnarly compilation video of some of the world’s best kite surfers.
At the minute forty two mark, a kite surfer does a hand plant (rea hand not face!) while zipping along the ocean, pretty incredible stuff. Kite surfing is unique in the sense that you can use so many different types of boards. Some guys use surf boards, other folks use paddle boards and of course plenty of guys use wake boards. Each board allows you to do different things, obviously the wake board you’re strapped in which means you can go air borne without holding onto the board. However, it’d be pretty tough to surf with a wakeboard, which is why some choose to use a surf board when they plan on surfing.