Kiteboarding: interesting facts

by admin on Вторник, Октябрь 9th, 2012

Kiteboarding or kitesurfing, a surface water sport, is a combination of most watersports (wakeboarding, windsurfing,surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics into one extreme sport). Kiteboarding harnesses the power of the wind to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard. There are different types of kiteboarding, like freestyle, freeride, downwinders, speed, course racing, wakestyle, jumping and wave-riding(focused on kitesurfing big waves).

Some interesting facts on kiteboarding:

  • 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.
  • Crail, Indy, Trindy, Tail, Tailfish, Stalefish, Slob, Mute, Seatbelt, Melon, Lien and Nose: these are the types of board grabs, tricks that are performed while a kiter is in the air.
  • 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.
  • The term used for a kiteborder is called «Charlie Browner».
  • Nuking. Conditions that are very dangerous for kiteboarders. This involves great wind speed (30-40) knots.
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