Sports that deal with natural elements such as water or wind have long been one of the most popular activities among the people. Water-related sports have a lot of fans among people, especially those who are interested in adventure, because of the excitement of water and wind-related sports because of the high excitement they create.
Needless to say, sports such as kiteboarding, which is an attractive combination of both water and wind activities, have a special place among fans of emotional sports.
What is kiteboarding?
It is an adventurous water sport in which, using a kite and a board, they move on the surface of the water by the force of the wind.
In fact, kite-boarding is a combination of windsurfing, surfing and gymnastics.
History of kiteboarding
Historical records state that kite has been used in China for 2,800 years to send messages, measure wind and distance, send people into the air to monitor, and send messages in combat operations. Of course, at that time it was not yet used to move people or equipment. Until the 18th century, George Pokak used a kite to move boats and chariots.
In 1903, pioneer pilot Samuel Cody built a device that crossed the English Channel using a kite that powered a small boat. In the late 1970s, Kevlar fabrics, followed by Spectra, led to more durable, lighter, yet more controllable kits. In 1978, Mr. Ian Day reached a speed of 40 kilometers per hour using a Tornado catamaran equipped with a Flexi Foil.
But the pioneer of kite-boarding as we know it today goes back to the Legaignoux brothers from France, who built the first inflatable kite in 1984 and exhibited it in the first week of Brest. The same brothers built a kite under the brand name Wipika in 1997, which is the complete form of today’s kites. Also in 1997, the first dedicated board was built by Raphael Salle, and kiteboarding was officially introduced to the world as an exciting sport in 1998.
Different styles in kiteboarding
There are different styles of kite-boarding, each of which differs according to the type of movement, the difference in equipment, the type or the place of its use.
Kiteboarding styles include the following:
- wave riding (kitesurfing), surfkite freestyle, freestyle, free ride, wakestyle, speed, air style, slalom, kite waves, park riding, wake skate, kite foil, course racing (formula kite)
In the future, in a separate article, we will explain in detail the differences of each style. But we should talk about kite surfing here, which is one of the most popular of these styles, because sometimes people use its name instead of the correct name of the discipline itself, which is kiteboarding.