Kitesurfing 101




By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing an...
By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
Kitesurfing Basics
             • Kitesurfing & Kiteboarding are the same sport –
               they’re often referred to d...
History of Kitesurfing
          • The Chinese are credited with being the first people to
            use kites to propel t...
By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
Kitesurfing Techniques
            • Turning: You can turn by putting the kite into
              neutral, stopping, sinkin...
Kitesurfing and Wind Conditions
       • Kite surfers change the kite size and/or line length from
         the harness to ...
By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
Kitesurfing Locations
     • Any location with consistent, steady side-onshore winds,
       large bodies of water, and goo...
Kitesurfing Equipment


                      • Kite                                                                       ...
By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
Safety Precautions
                      • Always check the weather before you go out
                      • Avoid kitesu...
Kitesurfing Terminology
            • Air time: The amount of time spent in the air while
              jumping
           ...
By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
Kitesurfing Records
               • Sebastien Cattelan became the first sailor to
                 break the 50 knots barri...
Kitesurfing Online
                      • There are multiple kitesurfing communities since
                        the spor...
Content Credits
                      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitesurfing



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Kitesurfing 101 - The Basics of the Sport of Kitesurfing

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Kitesurfing 101 - The Basics of the Sport of Kitesurfing

  1. 1. Kitesurfing 101 By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
  2. 2. By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
  3. 3. Kitesurfing Basics • Kitesurfing & Kiteboarding are the same sport – they’re often referred to differently based on location • Kitesurfing uses wind to pull a rider through the water on a small surfboard or kiteboard • A kite surfer uses a board with or without straps with a large, inflatable kite to move across the water • In 2006, the number of kitesurfers was estimated to be around 150,000 • 114,165 inflatable kites were sold in 2006 to support the number of kitesurfers By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
  4. 4. History of Kitesurfing • The Chinese are credited with being the first people to use kites to propel themselves in the 13th century • The Legaignoux brothers, from France, patented a kite design in 1984 • By 1998, kitesurfing had become a mainstream sport • The first competition was held in Maui in 1998 and was won by Flash Austin By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
  5. 5. By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
  6. 6. Kitesurfing Techniques • Turning: You can turn by putting the kite into neutral, stopping, sinking backwards and then turning the kit in the opposite direction • Controlled Flying and Jumping: Controlled flying is when the momentum of the surfer pulls the kite • Board Grabs: Occurs when the surfer is in the air and grabs the board with one hand By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
  7. 7. Kitesurfing and Wind Conditions • Kite surfers change the kite size and/or line length from the harness to the kite depending on wind strength • Stronger winds call for a smaller kite • It is important to avoid using too large a kite • Newer kites have a “depower” option to reduce the power in the kite • Kite surfers shouldn’t go into water in direct offshore winds By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
  8. 8. By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
  9. 9. Kitesurfing Locations • Any location with consistent, steady side-onshore winds, large bodies of water, and good launch areas are good for kite surfing • Most kitesurfing takes place along ocean shores • It can also take place on lakes, inlets, and occasionally rivers • The Outer Banks (OBX) in North Carolina has the most consistent wind and has become popular for kitesurfing • The Dominican Republic has become popular for the World Championships By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
  10. 10. Kitesurfing Equipment • Kite • Kiteboard • Flying Lines • Wetsuit • Control Bar • Helmet • Kite Harness • Board leash By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
  11. 11. By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
  12. 12. Safety Precautions • Always check the weather before you go out • Avoid kitesurfing in crowded areas • Try to ride with side-shore winds • Wear a helmet and impact vest • Wear appropriate exposure clothing • Avoid riding overpowered • Carry a safety knife • Notify the Coast Guard if you lose a board By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
  13. 13. Kitesurfing Terminology • Air time: The amount of time spent in the air while jumping • Boost: To suddenly become airborne • Downwind: The direction the wind is blowing towards • Offshore: Wind blowing at the water from the shore • Re-launch: Getting your kite back up in the air after crashing By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
  14. 14. By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
  15. 15. Kitesurfing Records • Sebastien Cattelan became the first sailor to break the 50 knots barrier in 2008 in Namibia • Alex Caizergues then broke this record the following day • The current speed record held over a 500 meter course is held by Rob Douglas, which is the outright World Speed Sailing Record By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
  16. 16. Kitesurfing Online • There are multiple kitesurfing communities since the sport has become more popular • http://www.kitesurfingnow.com: Provides a wealth of information about kitesurfing • http://www.kiteboardingmag.com: The website for the magazine • http://www.compete-at.com/kitesurfing/ index.html: Provides an online registration solution for kitesurfing, windsurfing and regattas By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
  17. 17. Content Credits • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitesurfing Image Credits Josiah Mackenzie http://www.flickr.com/photos/josiahmackenzie/1684311678/ By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Member Management Software for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Regattas
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