The rules for picking your first kite should be much like the ones you use to pick your board. You're going to want to start with a kite that is simple and easy to control but advanced enough to take you over the next plateau of expertise. Most kites are designed for a particular style of riding, "but as a beginner, you want to looking to buy an all-around kite that typically falls in the 'Freeride category,' says Meyers. "Freeride kites are easily re-launched from the water, have stable and even power, and can handle a wide range of wind conditions."
Brown recommends starting with the Cabrinha Switchblade. It's top ranked as one of the highest-performance and easy-handling kites around, "with excellent relaunch to get you back on your board after you take a spill and easy handling once you are up and riding," says Brown.
The kiteboarding pros recommend these kites: