Brief introduction of kitesurfing kiteboarding
Kiteboarders use inflatable kites tethered to harnesses to glide through water and air.
Kite surfing, also known as kitesurfing
, fly surfing, and kiteboarding, involves kitesurfing gear
like a power kite to pull the rider through the water on a small surfboard, a wakeboard, or a kiteboard.
A kitesurfer stands on a board with foot-straps or bindings, and uses the power of a large controllable kite to propel himself and the board across the water. However, this simplicity also makes kitesurfing challenging. Your body is the only connection between the kite and the board and you have to control them both at the same time: piloting the kite in the sky, and steering the board on the water.
The sport is still in its infancy, but is rapidly growing in popularity. In 1998, there were probably fewer than 30 kitesurfers worldwide. In 2006, the number of kitesurfers has been estimated at around 150,000 to 200,000.
The sport is becoming safer due to innovations in kite design, safety release systems, and instruction. Many riding styles have evolved to suit different types of riders and conditions, such as wake style, wave riding, freestyle, jumping, and cruising.
Other variations of using kites for propulsion include kite landboarding, snowkiting, kite buggying, kite jumping, and using kites to propel sea kayaks.