Ultimate extreme sport, kitesurfing
Have you watched a lot of extreme sports but can’t find the right thrills? It’s time to take a look at the ocean, you might find some inspiration.
The latest craze in extreme sports is kitesurfing, it started in 1990 but there are tens of thousands of enthusiasts around the world. You can go anywhere in the ocean on a Sunday and you will see that kitesurfing has a huge following and has expanded rapidly.
The kitesurf board is a surfboard but shorter and the kitesurfer attaches to it with foot straps or bindings. You have the board attached to a kite, which looks more like a parachute, by a series of lines of various lengths. The board is propelled by the kite through the water at fairly high speeds.
The challenge in kitesurfing is that your body is the only connection between the kite and the board and mastering control of both the kite in the air and the board in the water is key.
If you are wondering how it is possible for a kite to stay in the air while supporting the weight of the board and yours at the same time, the explanation is as follows: while flying, a kite creates its own wind and the wind it creates is faster than the wind that drives it and produces more energy than the actual wind.
The kitesurfing team
You may think that kitesurfing is not an expensive sport but it is not entirely true, the board and the kite are not the only equipment you need. Other components of the equipment are a kite pump (inflatable kite), bar, lines, board harness, life jacket and helmet. If you add the initial lessons, you will get a good amount that you will have to spend.
Taking kitesurfing lessons
The theory behind kitesurfing is quite simple, the practice is another story. That’s why you need a little time to master. Kitesurfing enthusiasts should take lessons from an experienced kitesurfing instructor before taking up the sport, no matter how experienced you are with surfing or windsurfing.