Traveling with Kiteboarding Gear: 2013 Tips and Picks

2014-naish-ridingFor those of us in the Northern hemisphere, it’s time for a kiteboarding vacation. You’ve done the research and you’re stoked for a week (or three) of epic kiteboarding in Mexico, Hawaii, Costa Rica, or some secret locale you’d rather we didn’t publicize. Starting your vacation hassle-free is key. Don’t let extra fees and the wrong gear harsh your mellow.

Kiteboarding Gear - Picks:

Choosing gear that will work in a variety of conditions is essential when you travel, unless you have an entourage of people to help you haul it all.  We like to take a great surf kite, like the Ozone REO and an excellent travel board like the Slingshot T-Rex surfboard.

The REO has huge depower, smooth fast direct handling, float when slack lined and perfect drift for down the line and onshore riding. It’s a tough kite, without cosmetic items adding weight and drag.

The T-Rex was developed for a new breed of riders focusing on aerial tricks and fun, poppy changes in direction. The smaller sizes make it easier to take with you to those favorite wave destinations and fits in a wider variety of travel bags. Every size rides like a larger board without the weight and hassle.

Traveling with Kiteboarding Gear – Tips:

1. Look like a golfer.

Traveling with kiteboarding gear can be easy as cake.  Our first recommendation is to use a golf style bag like the CrazyFly Golf Travel Bag without wheels or Golf Travel Bag with wheels.   Why use a golf bag? Because many airlines allow you to check golf equipment without incurring an oversize fee.  It’s important to check with your airline for details, but this little trick still works most of the time. Looking more like a golfer than not doesn't hurt.

2. Keep it under 50lbs

Weight matters and you can easily over-pack your golf bag. Make sure to keep it under 50 lbs – the standard cap-weight for most airlines.  The CrazyFly Golf Bag without Wheels is heavy duty without being overly heavy and ditching those wheels saves you an extra 5 lbs.

If you’re checking another bag, don’t put all your stuff in the golf bag.  Put fins, hardware, kite bars and other heavy things in your regular luggage.  If you only have a carry on and your travel bag then leave the fins in the "golf" bag so the airport security doesn't confiscate them as “sharp objects.”

Another weight saving technique is to ditch the kite bag that comes with the kite and use stuff sacks. You can get a set of 4 Dakine compression sacks for $70, or grab one or two CrazyFly kite compression bags for $18 ea.   This will save a lot on weight.

3. Protect your Board

We highly recommend using a travel bag specific to your board You can also add a little extra cushion by wrapping the tip and tail of your board with some of your clothes.

We want your holiday to be stellar, and we’re here to answer questions. If you’re still wondering what to bring, give us a call!