A French kitesurfer was the first person ever to use the power of the wind to go 50 kts. on the water. Sebastian Cattelan hit a speed of 50.26 kts. in Oct. of 2008 at the Lüderitz Speed Challenge in Namibia.
Imagine cruising on a board, spraying a trail of water behind you, then with a flick of your wrist your cruising 15 feet in the air, soaring through the sky you touch water just as softly as you left the waters surface and once again your racing along on the edge of your board, biding time till your next chance to fly. For those who come from a surfing background, kiteboarding appeals because of the ease in which you can catch and ride waves in quick succession while surfers take time paddling back out to the breaks and then wait for the perfect wave.
Although the sport is not out of the reach of any individual, Kiteboarding is a dangerous sport than has some key aspects that with out proper instruction can be easily overlooked, resulting in undesired affects such as broken equipment or injury to self or others. As such, it is always recommended to get proper instruction from certified instructors.
Kiteboarding who can and where
Kiteboarders are a very diverse group of individuals ranging from ages 10 yr old, who can throw tricks better than most, to the 70 year old kiteboarding instructor who can still ride with the best of them. Many individuals are concerned over their size and that they will not be able to kiteboard, because of their size. The smaller in size worry that they don't weigh enough and have a fear of flying away, yet the larger individuals worry about not having enough power to get on a board. Both, kites and boards vary in size and purpose so that with the proper combination of equipment all likes of men and women are able to enjoy this sport. Although the sport is not out of the reach of any individual, Kiteboarding is a dangerous sport than has some key aspects that with out proper instruction can be easily overlooked, resulting in undesired affects such as broken equipment or injury to self or others. As such, it is always recommended to get proper instruction from certified instructors.
You are being pulled while riding a twin-tip kiteboard (wakeboard-style) or a variety of other style boards, but unlike wakeboarding you are not pulled by a noisy boat. You have the freedom to choose where you go by piloting your kiteboarding kite, which pulls you and keeps you moving. Another amazing difference from wakeboarding is kiteboarding is easier on your body. You don't need massive amounts of strength and endurance to kiteboard because you are equipped with a kiteboarding harness which will allow the power of the kite to channel through your entire body evenly and not just your arms. Also you can get huge air, anywhere from a small five foot jump to a epic 50' jump accompanied by plenty of hang time and the most soft and smooth landing possible.