Traction kite size

by Emily

If I want to start getting on the water what size kite would be recommended for 5'10" about 150lbs?

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Jun 06, 2012
More information is needed...
by: Glen -

Hi Emily,

Thanks for posting. As it stands, more information is needed to answer your question. The size of kite you use depends on three things:

  • Your weight.

  • The wind conditions that you will be flying it in.

  • and, what exactly YOU want to get out of your kite.

What sort of wind are you going to be flying the kite in? And more importantly, what do you want to do with the kite? Are you looking for a trainer kite, or an actual kiteboarding kite?

Post back with these answers, and I'll be able to provide more insight. I've linked some posts that might be related to your question below -

Can a Trainer Be Used to Kiteboard?

What is the Ideal Trainer Kite Size?

Trainer Kite Size for Landboarding

Can a Trainer Kite Pull a Sandboard?

I'm also putting together a trainer kite size guide, which will be helpful in explaining how to size a trainer kite. Once it's done, it will be hosted on this site so keep an eye out for it.

Thanks, and we'll talk soon!


Jun 07, 2012
by: Anonymous

I am about 150 lbs and 5' 10". I want to ride on lakes or just free style type of stuff

Jun 07, 2012
What's the wind?
by: Glen -

The question of wind still needs to be answered -

How strong is the wind where you are going to be riding in?

And, if you're looking for a full sized kiteboarding kite, the following need to be answered as well:

What kind of board are you using and what size?

What kind of kite are you going to use (C, SLE, Bow, Closed-Cell Foil)?

Have you taken lessons? What size of kite/board did you use then?

All in all, answering the kite size question depends on many different factors, including personal preference. For this reason, I won't be able to give any accurate answer even knowing the info above. The best thing to do is to take lessons with a professional instructor. Once that's done, not only will you know how to do everything safely, but you will also have an idea of what size worked with your wind/style/board combo. You'll also avoid destroying a $1000+ kite through the trials and errors of self-teaching, and reduce the chance of hurting yourself or another in the process.

May 22, 2015
kite size
by: harry

hm very nice to get on to your site..

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