Twin Tips

The Twin Tip that are sold by SX Watersports

The twin tip style of kite board is the most common and user friendly style of kiteboard and is by far the best for beginners to learn on.  Riding on a twin tip is identical to riding a wake board or snowboard, and they cover all types of conditions.

The boards come in one of two setups:

Slip-In foot straps.

Wake-style foot straps.

Which Style of Binding is Better?

Whether you are a beginner or just want a good all-round board, the slip-in binding is better.  I say this because wake-style bindings are hard to put on, and take off.  It is difficult to put them on while in the water – you only have one hand since the other is flying the kite.

Additionally, if you wipe out while riding, having a board securely strapped to your feet is not good – the kite keeps pulling, and the board will weigh you down.  Slip-in bindings are great because they bypass all of this hassle – more riding and less fighting with equipment.

On the other hand, wake bindings are good if you want to ride wake style, with lots of grinds and board slides – your feet won’t accidentally fall out.  Wake style bindings also make it easier to handle more power from the kite.  So, if riding wake style is your goal, consider the wake bindings.

Who is the Twin Tip Best Suited For?

You should use a twin tip kite board if you are new to kite boarding or if you want a general purpose board.  They are easy to switch direction with (no jibing required), can be used in all conditions (including waves), and are very easy to transport.

The size of the board used will depend on the amount of wind it will be used in and the weight of the rider that will use it.  Ideally you should determine the maximum and minimum board size for your weight, and choose a board somewhere in the middle.  This will give you a board that can be used in almost all conditions.

Riding Upwind

Riding upwind on a twin tip requires hard edging (yes, this is where edging comes in).  To ride upwind, you must lean on the heel-side edge of the board, burying it in the water.  This edge acts just like the keel of a sailboat, which provides a surface to push the board upwind.