Kiteboarding Equipment 101: Light Wind Kites & Boards


Recently, Chris Moore, our Kiteboarding Manager, shared this tid bit of insight on light wind kites and summer time:

Here at Kitty Hawk Kites we test dozens of light wind kites and kiteboards here at our kiteboarding resort to identify the best light wind kiteboarding gear to offer to you, our valued customer.

Summer time brings the warmest water temperatures and the longest days and the perfect opportunity for kiteboarding!  The stable air also means the winds dwindle and we all wait for a steady evening thermal wind.

Having the correct equipment for light winds makes all the difference between having an incredible kiteboarding session and sitting on the beach.  In the past year, dedicated light wind kites and boards have become more efficient making a 10-12mph wind a great day of kiteboarding!

We have put together specific sections on our website to highlight the best performing light wind kiteboarding kites and boards, as identified by our expert staff, certified kiteboarding instructors, and the best liked by our customers who rented them from our massive kiteboarding rental center here at our kiteboarding resort.

We decided to compile this light wind kiteboarding kites and boards under these sections to make it easier for you to shop.

Light Wind Kites

Light Wind Boards

Impact Vests – Protection & Flotation

The Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding crew has been super busy with tons of kiteboarding lessons, supervised flights and tons of fun demos and competitions! Every Wednesday we offer FREE Kiteboarding Demos – this is a great way to try out the gear and learn from our professional instructors. Also, be sure to mark your calendars for the 2013 Hatteras Kite Weekend, August 30th-September 2nd at Waves Village Kiteboarding Resort!

Now for July’s featured kiteboarding products! Check out our impressive selection of impact vests – stay protected and afloat:

Mystic Star Kiteboarding Impact Jacket - Now On Sale!

Mystic Star Kiteboarding Impact Jacket – Now On Sale!


Neil Pryde Surf Marine High Hook Kiteboard Impact Vest – $124.99


Mystic Impact Shield Kiteboarding Jacket – $129.95


Neil Pryde Surf Rise Impact Floatation Vest


Dakine 2013 Surface Impact/Floatation Vest – $139.99


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June Featured Kiteboarding Products

We touched base with our kiteboarding team down at Waves Village Kiteboarding Resort to find out what the hot products of the month are and here’s what they told us:


2013 Axis Universal Kiteboard Pads & Straps

The 2013 Axis Universal Kiteboard Pad & Strap system features a dual density super comfortable pad which allows you to move your heel around when you change directions. The base plate has five slots that allow the footbed to be mounted on any angle. This system is one size fits all and comes with screws and an Axis screwdriver.

Mystic 2013 YZ Crossfire Wetsuit

Mystic 2013 YZ Crossfire Longarm Shorty

The Mystic 2013 Mens YZ Crossfire 3/2 Longarm Shorty is designed especially for kite and wake boarders! This shorty wetsuit has 60% M-Flex neoprene, freedom of movement and a design that will keep you comfortable in warmer conditions. This shorty is light weight with excellent technology!

Mystic 2013 YZ PRO Waist Harness

Mystic 2013 Artistic YZ Pro Kite Waist Harness

World Champion Youri Zoon released his first signature harness in 2012. Last year’s version was built based on the Mystic Shadow harness and thi syear Youri has modified the new Mystic Artistic harness with the addition of the fixed HP system and his own color scheme. The Artistic Waist Harness is the first multidiscipline harness in the Mystic lineup and is suited for kitesurfers and windsurfers!


Mystic 2013 Majestic Quick Dry Short Sleeve Shirt

The Mystic Majestic Quick Dy Short Sleeve Shirt is a loose fit rash vest/quick dry shirt is the perfect kiting accessory helping to keep you warm and protected from sun and rash. The technical features of this water shirt are flatlock stitch technology, heavy quality rash guard with a soft touch, and UV protection (UPF 50+).

Summer Demo Days

In addition to these product highlights, the Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding crew wanted to let everyone know that starting next week we will be hosting weekly demos every Wednesday through Labor Day! Test out kites and boards at the Waves Village Kiteboarding Resort‘s waterfront – open to the public and free launch site!

Happy Holidays from Kitty Hawk Kites!

The holiday season is upon us and we’re here with some helpful ideas for the adventure lover in your family! Check out our great deals on kites that make perfect presents under the tree!

Does dad have a bucket list dream of soaring through the air? Maybe mom is the adventure lover in the family – if so you don’t want to miss the opportunity to fly with the world’s largest hang gliding school in 2013!

We are offering 10% off all 2013 Hang Gliding and Paragliding introductory adventures booked from now until December 31st, 2012.  You can book online or by calling 1.877.FLY.THIS. 

If you haven’t heard, 2013 is going to be the year of the SUP! Stand Up Paddleboards continue to grow in popularity on the Outer Banks and we are getting ready for an awesome year of SUP rentals, lessons, tours and more! We have an amazing deal on Smooth SUPs that will last until the end of the year – get the whole package for only $899. Shop online or stop by one of the stores and we can help you figure out if this board is right for you!

We’ve recently added new kite inventory and special kite packages to the online store. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to give the gift of flight this holiday season! We also have a great selection of toys and gifts both online and in our stores. A huge thanks to all those who voted us Best of the Beach 2012 in Toys and Recreation.

Top 50 Kiteboarding Gifts Under $50

If you have a kiteboarder in your family be sure to check out the Top 50 Kiteboarding Gifts Under $50! Also, if you book a 2013 Private Kiteboarding Lesson before December 31st you will receive 1/2 OFF a second private lesson for you or a friend.

If you are visiting us this holiday or if you are one of our awesome locals – be sure to stop by a store near you to browse our various sales and markdowns. Our team of fun consultants can help you find the perfect stocking stuffers for everyone in the family — we even have bacon candy canes!

Make your holiday season a little more adventurous with Kitty Hawk Kites!