Although we managed to find budget for some second hand kites, and picked up some other cheap stuff, the cost of a board is prohibitively expensive.
Kiteboards are available second hand from about £150, sometimes £250 plus - well beyond the available empty budget!
Many keen DIY kiters have decided to make their own boards, so I decided that would be a good route to persue. Some are very professional, made of fibreglass and finished with great detail. However, the way to begin seems to be plywood. So I got a sheet of 1/2 inch birch plywood, and tonight Dad and I spent some time cutting it to shape.
Next step is some more rounding (the ends aren't quite symmetrical), then getting the foot straps attached, and painting.