Kite surfing is an extremely popular surface water sport providing the ultimate in excitement, thrill and enjoyment. It can be practiced in any place with steady side onshore winds. Ocean-shores and vast expanses of beach areas are the best for this activity. Large lakes, inlets and even rivers in some cases are being used for this sport.
A surf board or a kite board is needed to maneuver the waters in this ‘wave-riding’ activity. The rider on the board is propelled through the waters from the power generated by a large controllable kite. The surfer is sometimes strapped to the board with foot straps though there are some who go without these as well.
Kitesurfing kites come in appropriate sizes to match the wind and water conditions. Usually cross shore or cross onshore winds are the best for this sport. Offshore winds call for caution since there is the danger of being swept farther away from the shore in case of safety equipment failure or loss of control etc.
You can make use of two basic forms of kites for surfing purposes. One is the Foil Kite which can have either an open or closed cell configuration. In case of open cell, a constant air flow against the inlet valves ensure that it remains inflated. But in case where it hits the water, it soon becomes deflated and re launching is almost impossible.
On the other hand there is the closed cell type of foil kite which are equipped with inlet valves to hold air within the chambers which keeps the kite inflated. On submerging in water, these kites are easier to re launch with a steady tug on the power lines.
Leading edge inflatable kites is the second variety which is more user friendly and capable of re launch without much effort but if the kite lands on land or falls victim to strong waves, there is the chance for the bladders to burst.
There are some safety rules which kite surfers need to adhere to. One such rule applies to surfers who are closest to the wind who must keep their kites flying high so as to avoid collision with other down wind surfers.
Certain boating rules also apply to kite surfing. When the kite surfer who has the wind on the starboard is in direct line with a vessel approaching from the opposite direction, he will have the right of way. There are some clearance zone rules which also should be complied with.
It’s also possible to try out several tricks while kite surfing. Some of the common tricks taught are ’huge Floatyjump’, Grab, Spin, Board Off, Invert, Kite loops etc.
Kite tuning is another essential aspect of Kitesurfing kites. A kite can be tuned to fly higher or faster. This has to be done in accordance with the conditions prevailing in the location as well as the surfers’ skill.
In order to gain more knowledge about this thrilling sport you need to access your nearest kite surfer’s learning school and take a course.