Kitesurfing: A Very Extreme Sports For The Adventurous At Heart

So you think that extreme sports such as snowboarding, wakeboarding, and surfing are already that extreme? How about when an enormous strong kite propels you while you are doing these extreme sports? That is what extreme to the next level is all about. So, what exactly is this kitesurfing or kiteboarding all about? Kitesurfing is a sport in itself that combines surfing, wakeboarding, etc or by itself and uses the power of the wind to propel you forward which results in a faster/speedier action on your surfboard or in kitesurfing terms, kiteboard.

One very important gadget for one to do this sport is a kite, obviously. But it should not be just any other kite. It is a kite specifically designed for this board to make it strong enough to be able to carry your whole weight and pull you forward together with your board or even your kayak. This powerful kite is no other than the power kite which is so powerful that it is able to gather and hold up the windiest of the winds up there.

There are actually two major designs of power kites: (1) the leading edge inflatables or LEI kites, and (2) the foil kites. LEI kites are C in shape that is why they are also called C-kites. They are the most popular choice among kitesurfers or kiteboarders due to the fact that they respond quickly to the rider’s inputs as well as they can be easily re-launched, aside from the fact that they are strong and durable kites. There are also two variations of these C-shaped kites, (1) the bow kites (also known as flat LEI kites) and (2) Hybrid or SLE (Supported Leading Edge) kites. These variations are most suitable for both beginners and experts at the same time.

Foil kites are made mostly out of fabric that has air pockets in them to help lift the kite itself. Unlike LEI though, foil kites can be up right away since it can take up to 10 minutes to manually inflate an LEI. Foil kites also come in two variations: (1) open cell and (2) closed cell. If you are doing a water adventure with kites, then it is best to use closed cell foil kites since unlike open cells, water cannot get inside it easily once it hits the water and you may re-launch it up again.

When getting a kite, take note of the kite size you are going to buy as your body weight can affect which size you should get. For instance, for persons with a body weight of 151-175 lbs should consider buying a power kite 2.5-3 square meters in size. Always ask the sales clerk or a professional about which size is best suited for the user.

Want to find out more about kiteboarding, then visit Minnie Pascal’s site on how to choose the best Kitesurfing Kite especially for beginners.

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