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
Windsurfing in Foreign
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
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
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