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Starting the sport without any knowledge?

 

Powerkiteshop’s trained staff who all fly kites are always keen to help you, but first, check out our most commonly asked questions to get you started.

 

If you have a question that hasnt been answered here - you can simply call us on Telephone 0121 544 9514 and we will be pleased to hear your query!

 

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What is a Kite Landboard?

How does a Kite Landboard work?

I am a beginner to Kite Landboarding - which is best for me?

What kite can I learn to Kite Landboard with?
4-Line Handles or 4-Line Control Bar?

Which Kite Landboards can I do speed runs with?

Whick Kite Landboards can I do freestyle with?

Which Kite Landboards can I do freestyle and speed runs with?

Why are different sized wheels available?
Can my Kite Landboard be used for Mountainboarding?

Why are there different types of trucks?

Do I need a Harness?

Do I need safety gear?

Will Kite Landboarding help my Kitesurfing skills?

 

 

What is a Kite Landboard?

 

Kite Landboards at PowerkiteshopKitelandboards are mountainboards that powerkiters have made use of to move about. To look at they're just like large skateboards with longer decks and trucks to give stability complete with larger wheels to allow you to use them on rougher terrain.

 

Using the kite for traction, a kitelandboard can be manoeuvred around open space simulating snow boarding without the snow or surfing without the water. With rider skill they are capable of achieving speeds of over 40mph and achieve all manners of tricking and manoeuvring.

 

 

How does a Kite Landboard Work?

 

Kite Landboards at PowerkiteshopAs you resist against the pull of the kite - the power is transmitted to the wheels of your board. By manoeuvring the kite and board it will enable you to pick up speed, stop, perform tricks and with practice get airs even in low winds.

 

Because the kite provides so much lift it will actually help you balance on the board and allow a skilled pilot to easily achieve big airs if you're that way inclined. Once rolling you can quickly pick up speed.

 

Once you've learnt where to position the kite in the sky and how to balance on the board, you’re away and can travel in any direction, even upwind.

 

For more information on how-to kite landboard - check out the Power Kiting How-To Guide DVD >>

 

I am a beginner to Kite Landboarding - which is best for me?

 

Kite Landboards at Powerkiteshop We are all different sizes, heavier or stronger pilots may require a heavier, stronger and more stable board.

Lighter weight pilots often require boards that are easy to manoeuvre do tricks or even get air.


Consider yourself - Weight and Height


If you are not comfortable on the board it spoils your fun and capability.

 

Steering and suspension set ups often have some form of modification or adjustment available for control, comfort or enhancement.

 

For people with previous kite flying experience and looking to get involved in kite landboarding - check out the suitable options below:

 

For more information on how-to kite landboard - check out the Power Kiting How-To Guide DVD >>

 

What kite can I learn to Kite Landboard with?

 

Kite Landboards Power Kites at Powerkiteshop Be warned, power kites can be dangerous! However emergency procedures and control devices can kill a kite’s power instantly.

 

Be aware that different kites of equal size can handle and lift very differently. It is far easier to learn with a smoother, predictable, steadier flying kite than a high performance kite.

 

Remember that some days the equipment you own just will not be suitable, the wind may be too strong to fly safely - any kite flown in too stronger wind can be dangerous. Some days the wind will be frustratingly light to achieve what you have set out to do. Limits either way may also be determined by pilot skill level.

 

For people looking to get involved in kite landboarding, consider a 4-line kite between 3 - 4m in size that can be used in a majority of wind conditions. Check out the suitable options below:

 

For more information on how-to kite landboard - check out the Power Kiting How-To Guide DVD >>

 

 

4-Line Handles or 4-Line Control Bar?

 

Power Kiting at PowerkiteshopFour Line handles are safe, precise and easy to use and give you the maximum manoeuvrability over your kite. Four line handles allow you to slow the kite down, stop it in mid-air, reverse the kite, park it on the ground and if it crashes on it's nose - reverse launch the kite back into the air. This makes them ideal for landboarding, buggying, snowkiting or flying recreationally.

 

Four line control bars usually have built-in safety systems enabling you to launch and land your kite on your own. The power of the kite is distributed across both arms for easier flying but at the same time, less control is available due to their overall setup.

 

Check out our range of 4-Line Handles and Control Bars >>

 

For more information on how to set-up and fly 4-line kites - check out the Power Kiting How-To Guide DVD >>

 

Which Kite Landboards can I do speeds runs with?

 

Kite Landboards at PowerkiteshopThe longer the board usually the more stable it is.

 

This helps tall people balance easier and allows the rider to reach higher speeds giving increased confidence and a smoother ride.

 

These boards are often considered ideal for carving and are stronger for heavier riders.

 

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For more information on how-to kite landboard - check out the Power Kiting How-To Guide DVD >>

 

Which Kite Landboards can I do freestyle with?

 

Kite Landboards at PowerkiteshopThe shorter boards are usually more responsive and require quicker input from the rider.

The advantage is they are lighter in weight and therefore more capable of being used for tricks and airs.

They are often not ideal for simple high speed runs but unbeatable for manoeuvrability.

 

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For more information on how-to kite landboard - check out the Power Kiting How-To Guide DVD >>

 

Which Kite Landboard can I do freestyle and speedruns with?

 

Kite Landboards at PowerkiteshopFavoured by most, intermediate length kitelandboards allow confident higher speeds with lightness to allow tricks, airs and manoeuvrability.

 

Click here for our range of Kite Landboards >>

 

For more information on how-to kite landboard - check out the Power Kiting How-To Guide DVD >>

 

Why are different sized wheels available?

 

Kite Landboards at PowerkiteshopThe larger the wheel and tyre diameter - the less the initial rolling resistance will be. This may become important if the terrain is soft, rough or uneven.

 

Rolling resistance becomes less of a problem at speed however, greater speed usually is easier with larger diameter wheels.

 

The normal 200mm diameter tyre is ideal for most terrain.

 

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Can my Kitelandboard be used for Mountainboarding?

 

Kite Landboards at PowerkiteshopSome Kitelandboards are kite specific and have a heel-side bias that is of benefit to kiters but not to downhillers.

There is nothing to stop you grabbing your current symmetrical mountainboard and using your kite to power you down the hill or even up it! Both types of boards work best with a kite on smooth level ground.

 

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Why are there different type of trucks for Kite Landboarding?

 

Kite Landboards at PowerkiteshopNew truck designs are ever forthcoming but the two main catagories are:

 

Channel Trucks
Channel Trucks are usually stronger, heavier and incorporate coil springs. Steering dampening can be changed by altering spring settings and elastomer hardness.

 

Skate Trucks
The skate trucks are much lighter reducing overall weight on a kitelandboard significantly. Minimal adjustment is required with just one nut stiffening or softening steering control. Alternative dampening bushes can be fitted.

 

Click here for our range of Kite Landboard Accessories >>

 

 

Do I need a Harness?

 

Kite Landboard Harnesses at PowerkiteshopA harness is used to take the strain off your arms, allow you to fly in stronger winds and reduce overall fatigue. A harness is not essential when you first start out.

 

Harnesses can be used for either 4-line handles or control bar. Depowerable kites require a harness to function correctly.

 

Simply find a harness that is comfortable for you - personal preference is the key.

 

Seat harnesses fit around the legs and lower back giving you lots of support and hip protection. These harnesses stop any chance of the harness riding up your body when the kite is overhead.

 

Waist harnesses fit around the lower back and abdomen giving you freedom of movement for technical manoeuvres.


For advice on selection call Telephone 0121 544 9514

 

Kite Landboard Harnesses at Powerkiteshop

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Do I need safety gear?

 

Kite Landboard Safety at PowerkiteshopSafety is paramount and power kiting can be a dangerous sport.

 

It is recommended you wear a minimum of a helmet for all activities. Safety methods and devices are being reviewed and updated all of the time.

 

Kite Landboard Safety at Powerkiteshop

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safety gear for land use >>

 


 

 

For advice on selection call Telephone 0121 544 9514

 

 

Will Kite Landboarding help my Kitesurfing Skills?

 

Kite Boards at PowerkiteshopKitelandboarding is a great way to learn the principles of Kitesurfing without spending a huge amount on inflatable kites and beginner boards.

 

Even when you have bought all the Kitesurfing gear - they offer a great light wind alternative to Kitesurfing. If the wind drops or goes offshore - get onto the beach, grab your Landboard and practice some light wind tricks.

 

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