The sport of kitesurfing is not only a fun way to spend time outdoors, it also offers an incredible variety of maneuvers and techniques to explore. The basic setup consists of a large inflatable kite, typically of the C shape variety, that is connected to a harness worn by the rider. Kites were used as far back as 2800 years ago in China and had a multitude of uses at that time, including messaging, testing the wind, lifting people into the air and even signaling for military operations. Today’s kites are shaped into all kinds of figures and animals for festivals and religious use, as well as being designed to provide riders with a high level of control and performance.
Gentle to Beginners
While the sport is characterized by its extreme speed and power, it can also be very gentle to beginners, thanks to a special safety system that allows the kite to deflate rapidly if a rider loses control. The sport’s innate versatility means that it can be practiced all year round on the water or on land, depending on the winds. It is also among the most convenient rojadirecta games regarding transportation and storage, since the kites are foldable and the boards are smaller than surf or wakeboards. Kitesurfing is increasingly a regular sport for middle-aged practitioners, living in urban areas not close to the beach and looking for an easy-to-practice activity that also provides them with some light cardio training.
Wind and Muscle Game
A kite can be steered in a number of ways, including using one or more lines to steer the kite by pulling on them. Some riders use the kite to sail, i.e. to travel upwind, while others use the kite to jump (also called flying). The traction force is transferred to the board via the kite’s leading edge. The kite’s apparent wind, or how much power it generates compared to the actual wind speed, can be increased by diving the kite, riding faster or riding at a higher angle into the wind. Alternatively, the rider can choose to ride unhooked and only use muscle strength (thumb and index finger) to steer and depower the kite.
Size of the Kite
Kitesurfers can change the size of their kite to adapt it to the wind conditions, with stronger winds calling for a smaller kite to avoid overpowering situations. The strength of the wind can be measured with an anemometer or, more commonly, visual clues as shown on the Beaufort scale. Modern kites designed specifically for kitesurfing also offer a “depower” option to reduce the amount of pull on the rider.
A rider who does not know how to depower the kite properly or fails to manage a power surge can get launched into an uncontrolled paraglider, potentially hitting any object downwind. This is why it is essential to always have clear visibility of at least 50 meters upwind and 30 meters downwind when kiting.