Kite Surfing


Kitesurfing is a relatively new sport that combines the excitement of wakeboarding and the tranquility of surfing all without a boat or big waves. There are two main styles of kitesurfing. Kiteboarding refers to riders who are interested in performing tricks, this is also known as freestyle. Kitesurfing is similar to surfing and the actual ride is emphasized much more so than performing tricks.

Kitesurfing began to grow in popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Professional athletes like Laird Hamilton and Manu Bertin helped to bring kitesurfing to the public. Instead of being pulled by a boat or pushed by the water, kitesurfers are propelled by wind directed into a kite. Riders are able to turn according to their skill level and steer using their arms, legs, the kite and a good knowledge of which way the wind is blowing.

Because of kiteboarding’s unique ability to harness the wind, riders are able to jump and “glide” or “fly” for extended periods of time. This allows for an extensive amount of tricks, including grabs as well as tricks where the rider departs from the board. In addition to huge air, kiteboarder’s can also experience extreme speeds which can eclipse even the most skilled wakeboarders. Some riders have been clocked at speeds approaching 100k/h.
Kitesurfing, because of its emphasis o­n riding smoothly and skillfully, is a great way for beginners to start out in the sport. As a rider progresses, they have the ability to choose between a more trick oriented ride as a kiteboarder, and a more technical ride as a kitesurfer. Both options are fun and can be the perfect way to get out o­n the water.