Kitesurfing Kites for Beginners – 4 Kites That Won’t Let You Down

If you’ve read my article “A Guide to Best Kites for Beginners” you’ll have a good insight into the different types of kite design and how they might affect the choice of kitesurfing kites for beginners.

Firstly, kite design and manufacture has come a long way over the years, and there aren’t many “bad” kites out there in terms of quality if you buy fairly recent models (say, less than 3 years old).

Secondly, there really isn’t any such thing as an out and out beginner kite. Most hybrid kites will see you through your early learning stages and then remain suitable for a long time after that.

As you progress you’ll decide for yourself what style, or more likely styles, of kiting you prefer or simply are more likely to do because of your local conditions.

I’ve assumed you’ve had a few lessons already and are reasonably comfortable with controlling a kite.

So the kites I’ve chosen to feature here are ones that will see you through the next early days, of putting what you’ve learned into practice and then onwards for a good time, if not years afterwards.

I’ve pulled together my own experience of some of these kites along with the views of fellow experienced kiters, including qualified instructors.

There are other kites out there that are great quality and good for beginners. However, I’ve chosen to recommend only those kites I have direct knowledge of from using them myself and/or from my discussions with kiters I know and trust.

My experience of trawling the on-line market for new and used kitesurfing equipment is that the best selection is to be found on eBay, where there is often a good selection of last year’s models on sale at good discounts.

I’ve included links to take you direct to the relevant pages and I’d recommend you take a look to compare the prices of the various kites I’m featuring.

If you’d like advice on any others you might be looking at feel free to post a question below.

All of these kites are user friendly and have all the attributes that you’ll want as a beginner/intermediate kiter:



Easy re-launch

Good safety system

Strong build quality (i.e. thrashability!)

You won’t be disappointed with any of these kites so the choice will come down to availability, budget, and possibly how ambitious you are in terms of progression as most will see you right through to advanced level kiting.

My Featured Kitesurfing Kites for Beginners – And on into Intermediate to Advanced Kiter:

Cabrinha Switchblade

Cabrinha has been around since the very first pioneering stages of kitesurfing and the switchblade is in its 12th year of production.

It’s renowned for its versatility and ease of use. Will take you from your early stages to wherever you want to go after that, whether it’s massive big air jumps, free-ride, or wave riding.

The Switchblade is a hybrid bow (although getting close to a hybrid C) in terms of its profile. Although not a delta kiteCabrinha Switchblade it has very narrow wing tips  that give it many of the advantages of a delta, particularly ease of water relaunch.

There’s plenty of de-power and when the QR (Quick Release) is fired, it’ll drop gently to the edge of the window, completely de-powered.

Extremely stable in the air, this kite won’t give you any nasty surprises in lulls and gusts.

Great wind range, so although 3 kites is optimum, depending on your size and weight, a combination of 7m/10 or 11M or 8m/11 or 12m will get you out most days.

There is a range of control bar options from Cabrinha, but I would keep it simple (and less expensive) and go for either the fixed length 1X Trimlite with Quickloop option or the slightly pricier Overdrive 1X with Trimlite and Quickloop which is adjustable in length so will suit all kite sizes.

Cabrinha Trimlite
Trimlite With Quickloop

The fixed length bar comes in 3 sizes, 44cm, 52cm and 60cm. the 52cm would be suitable for all the above kite sizes although the adjustable bar or additional 44cm bar would be more suited if you’re going for the smaller 7m kite.

Both bars have “above the bar” trim systems which means the trim strap is out of the way of the chicken loop and quick release, my preferred option.

There is currently a good selection of new Switchblades on eBay:


Slingshot RPM

Slingshot has always been renowned for top quality construction and materials, so whilst they come at a higher price than some competitors, they will take pretty much any amount of thrashing you’re likely to throw at them. So re-sale value is always good.

The RPM is a Hybrid Open C type kite, which means it has a lot of the direct feel qualities of a C kite but with the benefits, in terms of wind-range and de-power of a more bow profiled kite.RPM 2020

I’m currently using an 8m RPM and I find I’m powered up when my buddies are on bigger kites, but still in control when other kiters are heading back to change down a size.

The Open-C profile gives this kite a pretty fast turning speed so as a kite for beginners it means you need to be aware of what you’re doing with the control bar. But once you get used to that it’s great to know the kite will go exactly where you want to send it, and it makes it easy to work the kite to generate a bit more power in wind lulls.

The de-power is excellent. Let go of the bar and the kite drifts safely to the edge of the window and sits there till you want to power up again. And if it ends up in the drink, a tug on one side of the bar brings it to the edge ready to re-launch easily.

So, although a little less forgiving than a more bow-shaped kite, this kite will see you through from beginner to whatever advanced stages you want to head to.

Slingshot offer two fixed length bars, both of which come in either 17″, 20″ or 23″ lengths. The Compstick Sentinel has above the bar trim control, whilst the Guardian has it’s trim adjustment below the bar in the chicken loop system.

I personally prefer the Sentinel, with above the bar trim as it keeps it out of the way of the QR. I have used both and

find the below the bar trim takes a bit more concentration to ensure you don’t fire the QR inadvertently when you’re trying to adjust the trim.

However, if you have a shorter reach then I can see how the Guardian, below the bar, system could be more user friendly.

The 20″ bar works with the mid-range kite sizes but if you go down to a 7m or smaller you’d be better with the shorter bar, and the 23″ bar would be more suited to 11m or bigger.

I’ve checked out the on-line market for new RPM’s and as is often the case with kitesurfing gear, the best selection is on Ebay:


Duotone (Formerly North) Evo.

North Kiting has been around since the beginning of time or at least, the only time that matters….the start of kitesurfing!

They re-branded the Kiting division in 2018 to “Duotone” although the kite design names have remained the same. So you can still pick up old stock North Evo’s or, obviously, second hand ones.

There have been the inevitable design tweaks that happen every year, but either brand name of the Evo is a great kite Duotone Evoand anything up to 3 or 4 years old will be a good buy (subject to it’s condition of course).

The Evo is a hybrid bow, although slightly more C shaped rather than a big open bow,  and is Delta shaped in profile.

Renowned for it’s stability, ease of re-launch and great wind-range this kite will not restrict your progress to intermediate and advanced kiting and is a great all-rounder (as with all the kites featured here).

Duotone have 2 bars available:

The Trust Bar, which is a traditional fixed length bar, although there are “flip-flop” bar ends which lengthen or shorten the bar slightly. It has an easy to use, above the bar trim arrangement.

The Click-Bar. This is an innovation unique to Duotone in terms of trimming system.

Rather than the traditional arrangement of a trim strap and cleat, where you pull in or release the trim strap to change the length of the front power lines, the Click-bar has an easy to use dial at the end of the bar to trim the power.

Duotone Clickbar
Duotone Clickbar

This makes it incredibly easy to adjust the trim on the move and takes away the problem that kiters with a smaller reach (shorter arms) sometimes have with above the bar systems. This comes at a price, but if you can stretch to the Click-Bar it’s worth it.

Just a word of warning if you’re buying second-hand – the early 2017 (North Click-Bar) versions had a tendency to wear out the lines where they feed into the internal winding system. Although an up-grade to plastic coated lines was made available, better to go for new or 2018 onward models.

Both bars come in M or S sizes. The M would be suitable in both bars for kites 8m and upwards, so if your smallest kite is going to be 7m then you should consider having 2 bars.

Duotone Trust Bar
Trust Bar

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the traditional Trust Bar if you don’t want to pay out another £200 or so for the Click-Bar.



F-One Bandit

The F-One Bandit was the original Delta C kite and is now also in it’s 12th year of production. Each year comes with a different roman numeral number, so it’s easy to work out how old a second hand offering is.

The 2019 model is the Bandit XII, although the next model, already out now has been named the Bandit 2020 and F-One have brought out an alternative kite designed mainly for wave-riding, The Bandit S.

So if you’re going for the brand new model you should be looking at the 2020, not the S.F-One Bandit 2020

Although I’ve previously advised that a C kite is not suitable for beginners, this is a hybrid C, with a bridle and like the other C biased kites already featured, is more than suited to an ambitious beginner.

The Bandit is renowned for great wind range and you’ll often see Bandit owners fully powered on a 9m when everyone else is on 11 or 12m kites.

This power range comes from the deep Delta shaped canopy and bias towards C-shape. But don’t be put off by this.

As kites for beginners go this one has all the de-power, safety and ease of re-launch you need.

It sits easily through gusts and lulls and won’t give you any nasty surprises.

But when you get to the stage of wanting to boost big jumps and other tricks, it’s zippy turning speed and deep canopy offers years of fun and progression.

F-One’s bar offering is the Linxbar which comes in 2 main sizes, both adjustable, the 52/45cm and 45/38cm. There’s a 3rd size designed mainly for the S model a 42/35cm bar.

The bar is simple and functional, with above the bar de-power and all the features, like comfort and ease of safety and trim, that you’ll need.

A word of warning if you’re buying second-hand. Whilst the early Bandits were great kites, with all the flying  attributes of the newer models, they did have a tendency to turn through the lines in the water, causing problems trying to re-launch.

Enhanced design features on everything from the Bandit VII onwards have eliminated this problem, so stick to kites no older than about 5 years old – good advice anyway when buying any kite secondhand.


My Personal Favourite:

As I said, all 4 of these kites are suited to a beginner with aspirations to move quickly on to intermediate and beyond.

If I had to pin my hat to which is best for a beginner I would probably go with the Cabrinha Switchblade, purely because it is the most versatile and forgiving of the 4 kites I’m recommending. But you’ll pay more for a new Cabrinha usually than for the other kites.

And a lot comes down to what’s available at the time. There are great offers on last year’s models of the Duotone and Slingshot kites and they’re both great kites.

Ask for Advice

If you’re looking at second-hand kit on-line feel free to ask my opinion either via the comments box below and I will get back to you asap.

Let me know what stage you’re at, what kind of budget you have and a bit about your size and weight and I’ll be happy to suggest some kites currently available on the second-hand market and pick some out that I believe would suit you.

Always happy to help!

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37 thoughts on “Kitesurfing Kites for Beginners – 4 Kites That Won’t Let You Down”

  1. I dont think it’ll be very advisable for me at my stage right now to go for second-hand kites because i am a beginner and just got myself a trainer. I think you have put together a good list and your criteria for judging that is totally awesome. I wouldn’t mind at all since these kites are of good quality. I’d go for the F1 bandit. Sounds like something from a movie. Thanks for the help.

    • Hi Henderson, thanks for visiting Kite Mad World. If you’ve got a trainer kite and used it you’re well on your way.

      The Bandit is a great kite and will give you years of fun. Kitesurfing brand names are always cool! If you need any more advice please feel free to contact me. I’m always happy to help.



        • Hi James,
          Thanks for checking out my site!
          What can I say??!! It’s a bit more complicated than just re-branding. It’s all to do with parent companies with different divisions.
          As I’ve said in other articles, the kiteboarding community isn’t always completely sane so who knows where they got the name from.
          Fortunately their kit is better than the name though and has a fantastic pedigree in the original North Kiteboarding team, which is continuing under the new brand.

  2. Well for a start, this is more than enough info for my son who wouldn’t let me rest until I decided to finally buy a kite for him. To me, this is more than enough and the list you have put together up here is really great. Thank you so much for helping me to limit my search in getting the best kite for him. I like the Cabrina one since it comes first and actually I love the little summary done on it. It should be easy to handle for him. Thanks

    • Hi Rodarrick, thanks for visiting Kite Mad World. If you need any more advice on which kite(s) would be suitable for your son, feel free to ask me. Always happy to help.

      Many thanks


  3. Kites are always beautiful to behold when I see them in the sky, and it gives me much delight. It has been on my bucket list to have a go myself, but it has been a dream that I have never fulfilled. This is really great for me to see the details here on picking the best ones for beginners. Thanks for the information you have provided here.

    • Hi Bella, thanks for visiting Kite Mad World. 

      If you’ve dreamed about kiting I’d recommend getting some “taster” lessons from an approved kite school. It’s a great way to find out if it’s for you before you spend money on your own equipment.

      But I warn you….it’s very addictive!

      A great way to start is with a dedicated kitesurfing vacation. I’ve written an article on Kitesurfing destinations, which you might want to check out.

  4. I have looked at kites but these seem to be the best kites for me. But i have a question for you – at what price can I get one if I want to? At least the price should be reasonable. For how long do you think I can use a kite before it wear out? anyway thank you for sharing these sites

    • Hi Fatumah,

      Thanks for visiting Kite Mad World! Price depends on whether you are looking at new or used and a number of other factors. You should be looking at about $500 for a good used kite and about $700 to $1500 for new. Have a look at my listing for the Slingshot RPM though, there are some great deals for last year’s model, which is a great kite. A kite will last you years if you look after it by washing the salt water off regularly and storing it dry rather than damp. Let me know if you need any more advice on size etc.

      Many thanks


  5. my grandson got a jet ski for Christmas, says he wants to tow a kite from it and get his brother to fly over our waterfront property here in Virginia.
    I told him that’s crazy, but, just asking, is he “all wet”?

    • Hi Philip,
      Thanks for checking out Kitemadworld.
      I’ve actually seen this done. A kitesurfing kite being used as a parascend! But I certainly wouldn’t recommend it, especially for a beginner. There’s a whole load of things that can go horribly wrong, and your grandson would be potentially crashing down from 60 or 70 feet high at high speed! If he wants to get a real kick, buy him some kitesurfing lessons, and then check out my other articles on equipment for beginners.
      I hope this helps.
      Cheers, Adrian

  6. Hi Andrian,
    thanks for the advice. I would like to ask though.. are these beginner kites good for any spot ? For example my local spot, is some days flat, other days choppy or with waves.
    I had my lessons at another spot, flatwater one, with a Switchblade, I loved it . But now the spots that are around me , are rather more with waves..

    Thank you!

    • Hi there AK!
      Thanks for looking in.
      All these kites, including the switch blade, work well in any conditions, flat or waves.
      You only really need to worry about having a specialist wave kite if you start riding big waves regularly on a surf board. A lot of my buddies use the switch blade in biggish waves and I love my RPM in any conditions.
      You need to think more about which board you choose, but if you have a look at my article on board choice all of those boards are suitable for flat water, chop or waves.
      I hope this helps, but feel free to ask again if you need any more help.

  7. Hi Adrian,

    I know your article recommended. Buying 3 years or newer but I’m not sure I my budget allows for that at this point. I’m willing to learn how to do repairs for fixing problems.

    I am trying to decide between a 2009 Cabrinha Switchblade 10 m or a 2014 Best Waroo 13 m. Both have been lightly used and appear to have “crisp” kites.

    I am in South Florida and the wind ranges from 8-20 mph on good calmer days. I weigh 155 lbs.

    Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Craig,
      Thanks for checking out my site!
      It’s a difficult one and will come down mainly to the size and actual condition of the kites. First off, I’m pretty sure Best weren’t making the Waroo in 2014 – it got replaced by the Kahuna some years before that. I might be wrong on that but double-check the age of the Waroo.

      In those winds you’ll need a bigger kite than 10m so that would point at the Best kite. But as I said, check the age and what kind of bar and line set-up it has, if any. And definitely consider getting a newer bar and lines regardless.

      If you have the chance I would definitely see the kite before you buy, and check it holds air and that the bridles are in good condition as getting spares for older kites can be problematic and you can get to the point where it’s not worth replacing bladders etc.

      If you want to let me know what kind of budget you have I’d be happy to see what I can find out there.

    • Hi Mohab,
      Thanks for checking out my article, and your kind comment. I personally haven’t had the chance to try out the 2020 version of the Rally, although all the reviews say it’s a good all round kite for progression. I’ve tried out previous versions and would agree with them on those ones.
      I’ve no doubt from what I’ve read that it would be a great kite for you.

      I don’t know what size you’re looking at but theres a 12m on eBay Here’s a link

      Let me know how you get on and I’ll share it on the site. And feel free to come back to me if you have any other questions.

      Many thanks


  8. Hi Adrian,

    I am new to kiteboarding, a beginner,
    and I know someone that has a Cabrinha Element 17m. He sells it really cheap, like 150euro, including the bar and it is slitly used, just a few sessions. I weight 210lbs and the wind in my spot is 12-15 knots and sometime roughly 20 knots. I searched the web for this kite and it seems to be from 2005. What do you think, is this too old and hard to learn the sport, or you think i should give it a try. Thank you.

    • Hi Eno,
      Thanks for visiting my article.
      I have to admit that I have no experience of that particular kite. I would be very careful with such an old kite though. And it’s BIG.
      First thing – Have some lessons, if you haven’t already, with a qualified instructor, so that you know about safety systems and kite control, self rescue etc.
      All I would be able to advise is to try it first in very light wind, say 10-12kts and with someone experienced with you to help out.
      Don’t be tempted to go out with it in winds stronger than that until you really feel comfortable that you know it’s wind range and how much de-power there is.
      Be very careful! But do let me know how you go.

  9. Hi Adrian,
    This is really helpfull information – thanks for that.
    I’m a beginner-intermediary kiter (no jumps yet) and look for 2 stable, forgiving kites, 8 and 11(or12), to ride winds between 15-25 knots.
    Here in Belgium & The Netherlands you find regularly 2nd hand North Orbit (2018 up to 2020).
    Any experience with this type? Comparable to any of the 4 kites you referred in your article?

    • Hi Philippe,
      Thanks for looking at my site, and I’m really pleased you found it helpful.
      The Orbit is a great kite and similar in a lot of ways to the F-One Bandit. I’ve personally never flown one but have friends who use them, and are really happy.
      You won’t have any issues with it apart from when you do start jumping you might need oxygen and a passport!!
      They’re renowned as a “big air” kite, but forgiving enough for the stage you are at now.
      One comment I have heard a few times is that it flies better with a bit of tension in the steering lines. This means just keeping a bit of power on the bar when you go upwind and turn. But each kite is slightly different and you’ll soon get the feel of it.
      So yeah, I would say go for it!
      And let me know how you get on.
      If you press the follow button on my page you’ll get updates when I publish new articles…NO SPAM.
      Have fun!

      • Thanks man, just bought a 2nd hand 10m Cabrinha Switchblade 2018.
        In other words, I followed your advise. And that of the buyer (of course) 🙂
        Now, in search of an 8m and 12m. And then I can travel around the world; yeah

        • Hi Philippe,
          That’s great! And those sizes are the perfect quiver of kites for anything up to about 35-40kts. I’ll have a look around to see what’s available in 8 and 12 if you like.
          Have you got a budget in mind?

        • Hi again Philippe,
          I’ve just had a look around ebay at what’s available. If you’re looking at new Cabrinha Switchblades, this ebay shop has 2020 versions (the new 2021 version is the latest) at 25% discount. That’s a great deal if you can stretch to new. Here’s a link: Cabrinha Switchblade

  10. Hi Adrian,

    I have found the information on your website super useful! Thanks! 🙂
    I am a beginner (I still struggle to sail upwind); however I am planning to spend more time in the water this year! 🙂
    I am looking for one of the kites you have proposed above; so far I have found a second hand 2020 EVO Duotone with bar for slightly more than 1,500 EUR; However at the same shop they sell a new Cabrinha Switchblade 2020 with bar for 100 EUR more than the 2nd hand EVO (the same new kit with the EVO is more than 1,800 EUR…). Does it make sense to you that the EVO is much more expensive than the Switchblade?

    I would tend to go for the Switchblade as it is just 100 EUR more and it is a new product; however I am not sure about the size: according to the Duotone’s website for my weight (72-74 km) and the wind speed I usually find (12-16 Ktn) 12 m is the best fit. Do you think I should go for the same measure with the Switchblade?

    • Hi Marco,
      Thanks for your kind praise! I’m really pleased you find the information helpful.

      It’s no surprise the Duotone is more expensive. It’s quite an expensive brand.

      I would go for the Cabrinha, and the 12m would be the right size for you in that kite.

      If it helps you here’s a link to a shop I’ve found on ebay Surfer World

      Let me know how you get on, and if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

      I’m writing some articles on technique that you might find helpful and if you hit the “follow” button you’ll get updates when I publish new articles.

      Have fun my friend!

  11. Hi Adrian,
    First of all thank you for this great article.
    I am new to kiteboarding and searching for my first set up.
    I did consider the switchblade very high in my list but now there are two more in that list.
    I don’t know if to pick the Cabrinha Moto, Switchblade or the North Reach with the navigator bar (all equipment 2020).
    The Moto suppose to have its advantages but the switchblade is better in water relaunch and in upwind performances.
    Maybe i should take the reach… (the Moto will be a bit cheaper then the other two so budget is not an issue here…).

    My local beach has two wind seasons with 13-22 knots wind. I am 85 kg, so i also d’ont know if to take 12m kite and to add another 9 meter next year when i will be better or to get one in 11 meter (i am afraid it wont be good enough in the low end wind 13-14 knots and i may be lose some low wind kite days).

    What do you think on the Crazyfly raptor as TT board for me?
    should i take 137*43 or 140*42?

    Thank you very much!

    • Hi Lior, thanks for checking out my site, and I’m pleased you found it helpful.

      First thing to say is that all 3 kites you mention are great quality and will suit a beginner looking to progress quickly. The choice really comes down to how they perform in different situations.

      As you say, the Moto is a little less friendly for water relaunch and, as with most 3 strut kites (as opposed to 5 strut) will be a little less stable at the extremes of its wind-range, particularly at the top end. The same goes for the North Reach. Both of those kites will perform a little better at the lowest end of the wind range because they are lighter, but you will compromise a bit on top end. This means that you would probably best with an 11m for the higher end of the range. That would mean less power in lighter winds than say the 12m Switchblade.

      As you get more experienced you learn to compensate for lack of power by working the kite to generate more. Both the Reach and Moto are fast-turning kites so it makes that easy.

      And if you get into foiling then the 3 strut kites tend to be better as they drift better as you go downwind.

      However, for a beginner looking to progress then I still prefer the Switchblade because it’s all-round easier to fly, very predictable but definitely not boring! And if you get into jumping (which I’m sure you will) the Switchblade is excellent and will definitely be more fun than the other 2. It really boosts high and gives you loads of easy hang-time to try out your first back and front rolls.

      12m in a Switchblade will get you going at the lighter end of the range and still be manageable at 22kts, although much more than that and you’ll need a smaller kite – 9m would be ideal up to about 30kts.

      If you were going for a 3 strut option I feel the Reach is the better kite, mainly because it is a bit more stable than the Moto, but at 22 kts it may feel a bit twitchy because it will be less rigid than the Switchblade.

      So really I think the Switchblade wins overall, just because it covers everything (apart from foiling, when the Reach would be better) and will give you more confidence.

      As far as the board goes, I haven’t actually ridden a Raptor. But I’ve checked it out and I would say you’d have no problem with it as a beginner board and then on to advanced riding and tricks.

      In terms of size, there’s always a bit of compromise. The bigger board will be easier to learn with as it will get you up and planing quicker. The compromise will be at the top end of the wind range which is when a smaller board will be easier to control.

      If you’ve had lessons and been able to get your waterstarts nailed and get upwind, then you could get away with the 137. It’ll be a bit more difficult than the 140, but once you have your board skills will be your go to board in any conditions and will see you right through to advanced riding.

      If you haven’t had lessons yet I’ll say the same as I do to every beginner – have lessons before you buy kit. What you invest in using a kite school’s kit to get you up and running will mean that when you buy your first kite and board you’ll know what stage you’re at – so for example, will know whether you can get away with the smaller board or not.

      Let me know what you think. And if you’d like me to find you some kit on-line just let me know where you’re based and I’ll see what’s available. I always try to find kit that’s not too far away, to reduce shipping costs.

      I hope this helps, but do come back to me with your thoughts.



      • Hi Adrian,

        Thank you for your very fast reply and for the very detailed answer!
        After I got your answer, I was so enthusiastic, so I went to read your “about” at “kitemadworld” and learned a bit on your history at this great sport. also understood it is really a mission for you to help us, all the new fellows, at kitesurf, so thank you!

        you really focused me on the Switchblade.

        I will be happy to get two more answers:
        1. If I have a good deal for the Moto, will it be wise enough to go on it? I understood all you wrote (about the reach is better as a 3 struts and switchblade better overall…). Can I still get enough benefits from it and learn on it?
        2. If I will go on 5 struts kite, how you compare the North orbit vs the switchblade?

        Thank you!

        • Hi Lior,

          Thanks for looking around the rest of my site.

          Any of the kites you mention will work. It’s just about small differences really. So yeah, if you get a really good deal then you won’t have a problem with the Moto.

          I haven’t had a chance to try an Orbit yet, but a friend of mine flies them and loves them. He’s an advanced kiter though.

          I’ve checked out some reviews I trust and it looks like the Orbit would suit a beginner without any problem. I wouldn’t like to compare it with a Switchblade until I’ve tried it, but it’s definitely suitable.

          I hope that helps.

  12. Hi Adrian,

    Great article you have written and I agree with you on the switchblade. This is the kite I have my eye on and was wondering if you could help me on the condition of the 2nd hand kite I am looking at and wether or not it is a good deal. Please drop me an email if you can help and I will respond with the attached pictures. Thanks!


  13. Hi Adrian,
    I am looking to buy a beginner’s kite however right now I have been looking at the north pivot, duotone rebel and the slingshot rpm since I found them as second hands what do you think of those kites?


    • Hi Django,

      Thanks for visiting the site, and I hope you found it helpful. I can’t comment on the Naish Pivot as I’ve never used one. However, I’d thoroughly recommend the Slingshot RPM.

      If you’re buying secondhand just make sure there isn’t any excess wear anywhere.

      Also, check how old the bar is if it’s included. As with any bar, the common wear-point is the depower line where it runs through the trim cleat. It’s easy to replace and worth doing.

      If you’d like to send me a link I’ll have a look for you.




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