The majority of kites used for surfing are specially made for different weather conditions, and for different levels of users. At first glance, it is not easy to discover the differences between a bow, a C type, a hybrid, a delta, or a delta hybrid type.
Bow type kites
This classic type is easily recognized by its triangular shape, slightly curved profile with bigger refuses on the sides, which turn the material inside, and trap the air inside it. They can offer great power when driven correctly. It is amongst the hardest kites to control, as it can bring all its power against you. Again, when used correctly, it can bring its surfer down to earth in one piece. Actually, it is considered one of the safest kites to use, and hence the reason why many schools have it in their teaching classes.
C Type kites
They can be recognized by the lack of bridle and the C letter profile, caused by the 4 lines attached at the two ends, which curves it considerably. They are not recommended for beginners, as they tend to be amongst the most dangerous in the class. The reason is that the rider can easily mistake a descending current with a higher current. This only means trouble for the safety of the rider. When properly used by a connoisseur, it can be great fun.
Hybrid type kites
This type is designed to combine the safety features of the bow kite with the fun feel of the C type kites. The designers have sacrificed power for agility here. They are great when you want to take many loops in the same area, as they are equipped with speed turning features, backed up by an enormous pull.
Delta type kites
They are a variation of the bow type, but with a swept and sleek profile. Their precise angle offers a low turning ability. They are a great choice for the beginners, as they are easy to launch and great to practice the flying skills.