They can easily be relaunched. A variation of the LEI is the bow kite made in 2005. Second generation bow kites have a higher performance. These kites are preferred over the classic LEI by riders today. They can be used by both beginners and experts.
Foil kites on the hand is composed of ripstop nylon with air pockets. They are more popularly used in land or snow. Foil kites can get easily soaked in the water because they are impossible to relaunch.
There are also other equipments needed for the rider. The flying lines attach the rider's control bar to the power kite. It is usually in 3 or 5 line configuration and is made of a very strong material to handle the load of the rider. The control bar is a solid metal that the rider uses to control the kite by pulling at the ends. The kite harness attaches the rider to the control bar.
The harness comes with a spreader bar that is attached to the rider. The kiteboard resembles a wakeboard and comes in different types. A wetsuit is worn to reduce loss of body heat. Safety devices such as the safety hook knife (to cut entangled kite lines), helmet, personal flotation device, impact vest, boarded leash and signaling devices.
You may also need A GPS to track your distance and speed. You may also need a kitesurfing buddy or friend to help you relaunch, retrieve the kite and assist in emergency.
The first you may have to pay attention to is the power kite. If you prefer to be in the water a second generation bow kite will be suitable. You can use foil kite in land and buy the other equipments.