Kiteboarding and traveling go hand in hand. Only a small percentage of kiters are actual locals who are lucky enough to live within reach of a popular kiting spot. In addition, at the majority of the most popular spots, the wind conditions are ideal for only a certain part of the year. For this reason, locals, like most kiters around the world, are forced to travel to find ideal wind conditions.
In the summer months, spots with thermal and frontal winds in the northern hemisphere work best. In the winter months, a number of spots in the equatorial region come to mind.
And this is where the question arises as to how to travel to a wind spot across half the world with the lowest possible costs associated with the transport of excess luggage. Almost every kiter knows what airlines charge for golf bags and the price of fees increases every year.
So far, the only solution was to use a golf bag - luggage with wheels about 150 cm long, which must be checked in at a special counter and is issued in a different place than standard luggage upon arrival. A lot of us have experienced the nightmare scenario when our golf bag reaches a completely different destination from where we landed. Most golf bags also weigh around 5 kg which equals unnecessary excess weight over the required 20 kg.
Here are 3 main factors that limit travel with kiteboarding equipment.
Total weight of equipment
The weight of the equipment as such cannot be significantly reduced at present. However, it is the luggage where valuable pounds can be saved. The weight should be maximum of around 3 kg. Sufficient padding and durable materials are important.
Handling oversized luggage
The type of luggage you use either makes travel and any movement more pleasant or more difficult. A large golf bag is a complication in itself when travelling to the airport. In the car or taxi, the rear seats need to be folded down. Manipulation at the airport is more difficult and the same problem arises once travelling from the airport to your spot.
Dimensions of equipment that must fit in the luggage
So we have a golf bag available, in which we need to pack the complete equipment, including two kits. These usually take up a lot of space, even when properly blown out. So we often manage to fit only neoprene and a swimsuit in the golf bag.
Traveling with the full gear thus seems to be a significant complication. But what if all the equipment could fit in one standard luggage which could also be used as a backpack when moving? That would be a whole new story, wouldn’t it?
The dimensions of kiteboards are the main factor for which oversized luggage is needed. However, this problem has a solution in the form of a split kiteboard.
This kiteboard can be divided into two halves, eliminating all transportation fees. In addition, our split kiteboards are of such high quality that they can shoulder all features of regular kiteboards. 3D profiling on the bottom side is unique among split kiteboards on the market. In this respect, the split kiteboard is no longer a compromise in the form of a „travel“ kiteboard.
A total of 8 longitudinal channels provide precise guidance of the direction of travel, better hold direction at higher speeds and increase the overall maneuverability of the kiteboard.
Another indisputable advantage of our split kiteboards is the minimum length of one half of the board. With a length of only 70 cm and a split kiteboard size of 132 x 39 cm, this is the shortest half of a split kiteboard on the market, thanks to our A-Lock joint system.
So we have a decomposable split kiteboard, which needs to be packed in a suitable piece of luggage as efficiently as possible with the rest of the equipment.
Our Re pack backpack was developed for this very purpose. It can be converted into a traditional luggage with a simple modification. Thanks to the ergonomically shaped straps and linings in the back, the backpack fulfills its function perfectly when needed.
All straps can be easily hidden in the appropriate pockets which prevents damaging and you get a compact bag suitable for check-in at the airport.
The design of the backpack is designed so that each part of the equipment has its exact place. In the back there is space for a split kiteboard, pockets for bindings and a special case for fins. In the front part there are pockets and straps for storing harness, a pump, two kits and two bars. The upper pocket is then used for personal belongings and documents that you need at hand.
The Re pack backpack thus brings real freedom when traveling, both far away or just around the corner.
Vacuum bag for kites
The last limiting factor that we managed to solve is how to fit bulky kites into the backpack. The kite itself usually takes up the entire backpack, and you also need to get two kites into the Repack backpack.
However, when the kite is packed, a large amount of fabric and air is stacked on top of each other, which increases the total volume.
We also thought about this problem and proposed a solution in the form of a Re press vacuum bag. The kite is simply inserted into the bag. The open part is closed and all the air is sucked out using the pump in deflate mode (if the pump does not have deflate mode). The kite will reduce its volume several times in the bag. Two Re press vacuum bags with kits inside take up less space than one kite. Then all you have to do is place the Re press bags in the appropriate place in the Re pack backpack, remove them with compression straps and we have a maximally compact luggage solution with complete equipment.
Traveling and moving to your favourite spot by plane, car or even by bike or scooter should therefore not be restrictive or complicated in any way. This was our main goal when developing each and every one of our products.
...We leave the choice of your dream holiday spot up to you.