The kites I have owned from newest to oldest are:
- Benwilsonsurf Noise 12m (late 2010), wind range 14 to 20 knots
- Cabrinha Switchblade 10m (early 2010), wind range 18 to 30 knots
- Cabrinha Switchblade 14m (2009), wind range 14 to 20 knots (to be sold)
- Cabrinha Crossbow 7m (2008), wind range 28 to 45 knots
- Cabrihna Crossbow 12m (2006) - wind range 17 to 30 knots - sold
I wear a Gath helmet over the top of Ocean eyewear polarised sunglasses, which also have a firm retaining strap. The helmet stops the glasses coming off. I notice most people don't use a helmet, but I think the additional safety is good, especially while learning. The glasses are excellent for reducing glare and stopping spray getting in your eyes.
Tip: Most fatalities in kitesurfing result from head injuries, so a helmet protects against this. So far (touch wood) I only smacked my head hard against the water which burst my eardrum - while wearing the helmet.
It is now law in Victoria, Australia for kitesurfers to wear a Type 1, 2 or 3 Personal Flotation Device (PFD) when underway. See Marine Safety Victoria - Personal Flotation Devices for more information. In 2010, very few kitesurfers are wearing PFDs.
- Gear - Kitesurfing Handbook