Kiteboarding – 10 Facts You Didn’t Know

You might be an expert surfer. You might be an advanced kite flyer. How about being both? Kiteboarding is a combination of most watersports and kiting and has swept the world over the years. The result, a sport that has more fans than a top billed matinee idol. Here are some facts about a hybrid sport that most likely you did not know.

1. The history of kiteboarding dates back to 13thcentury Chinese when it was utilized as a means of transport, kites were used as a method of utilizing wind to gather thrust and energy to propel their canoes over bodies of water.

2. This is a sport that cannot be successfully and safely done by learning from a book or the internet. Kiteboarding is a dangerous sport and to minimize risks, you must take up kiting lessons to learn escape techniques when you get caught in a sticky situation. Kiteboarding lessons will also make you aware that kiteboarders can be a danger to the public. Taking lessons will begin the learning process and get you kiting safely in no time!

3. Kiteboarding is relatively easy as compared to other watersports such as surfing and windsurfing. Getting on the board and performing jumps may quickly commence after 2 or 3 lessons. Though an easy sport it is likewise complex as there are so many details and learning that you would have to absorb. All the time spent learning will prove to be beneficial when you rip because you can enjoy a kiteboarding activity without putting yourself and others in danger.

4. Its physics in a cool kind of way. Wouldn’t it have been fun if we had to learn about aerodynamics and Newton’s laws of motion with a board and kite skimming on open waters instead of in a stuffy old classroom? Kiteboarding relives science learning in a whole new dimension, environment and action!

5. Kiteboarding kites are called Traction or Power kites and they come in two types Leading Edge Inflatable and Foil Kites. The LEI’s are advised for starters because they are more resilient and easy to fly. Foil kites have air pockets that give its arc shape. Some foil kites can be relaunched in water depending on the specification.

6. Crail, Indy, Trindy, Tail, Tailfish, Stalefish, Slob, Mute, Seatbelt, Melon, Lien and Nose. These are not the names of people who have not been great at kiteboarding, nor are they the names of great kiteboarding locations. These are the types of board grabs, tricks that are performed while a kiter is in the air.

7. Kitemare. Is a term for uncontrollable drifting caused by abrupt string airstream or gusts where people can be propelled, carried off, dragged against the water, power lines, buildings and other high structures.

8. “Charlie Browner”, is a term used for a kiteborder.

9. “Guinea Pig” or “Wind-Dummy”, is a person who is set out to see if the wind is suitable for kitesurfing.

10. Nuking. Conditions that are very dangerous for kiteboarders. This involves great wind speed (30-40) knots.