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Kitesurfing or kiteboarding is a surface water sport that uses the wind to pull a rider through the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard (similar to a wakeboard). Generally kiteboarding refers to a style of riding known as freestyle or wake-style, whereas kitesurfing is more "wave-riding" oriented. These two styles usually require different boards and specific performance kites.

A kitesurfer or kiteboarder uses a board with or without foot-straps or bindings, combined with the power of a large controllable kite to propel the rider and the board across the water. In 2006, the number of kitesurfers has been estimated at around 150,000 to 210,000, with 114,465 inflatable kites sold that same year.

Kiteboarding

What is kiteboarding?
Kiteboarding harnesses the power of the wind, to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard. Kiteboarders are attached to a kite using a harness and have a small surfboard with straps on their feet.

Other Names for Kiteboarding: Kitesurfing, Wave-kiting, Kite-Skimming, Flysurfing, Kite Surfing, Kiteskiing,

Windsurfing in Foreign Languages

Spanish: table de kitesurf

Kiteboarding History: While kites originated in China around 1000 B.C. Kiteboarding is a very young sport. Two brothers named, Legaignoux, were the "fathers" of modern kiteboarding in 1984. The Legaignoux brothers made and patented the first inflatable Kitesurfing kite in 1985. After a surge in popularity in the 1990's kitesurfing was expanded on a variety of surfaces including:, snow, dirt, ice, and sand.

Kiteboarding Competition History: Discussions are currently underway about the possibility of kiteboarding being introduced as an olympic sport.

Modern Kiteboarding: Kiteboarding is a combination of windsurfing, surfing and wakeboarding. Kiteboarders attain speeds of 10 to 35 knots depending on the size and weight of the kite. Modern kiteboards measure 52.8 inches to 57.5 inches long.

Types of Kiteboarding: There are a number of different types and styles of kiteboarding they include: freestyle, freeride, downwinders, speed, course racing, wakestyle, jumping and wave-riding.

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