Kitesurfing became a popular recreational board sport in the early 2000s and its popularity has swelled even further since then. It is also known as kiteboarding and flysurfing in some European countries.
As the name suggests, kitesurfing is like surfing, only you also hold onto a large, powerful kite to propel you higher and further. With it, kitesurfers are able perform some exhilarating and otherwise impossible stunts with just a board.
Keep in mind, as awesome and cool-looking as kitesurfing is, it is not without its risks. Beginners often underestimate how much power the kite can generate, and they are sent flying out of control. It depends on how fast the wind is. One can kitesurf at speeds as low as five knots, and professionals have done so at speeds in excess of 40 knots.
Generally speaking, kitesurfing with thirty knot winds is already considered to be dangerous, and should probably not be attempted. People have been blown away into power lines or buildings, while others have been sent flying further into the sea where they drowned.
Anyone looking to start should get some training first. Below we have some articles to give you some basic info. We also have reviews on kitesurfing kit that you can rely on when you’re out battling the wind and waves.