Extreme Sports Series | Kitesurfing

Exotic locations, big air and free-style tricks are some of the things that come to mind when we think of Kitesurfing.  Using a large controllable kite, strapped into foot boards a kitesurfer can harness the power of the wind to propel themselves across water, performing incredible gravity defying tricks.

It originated in the 1800’s when kites were used to propel ships on the water with a four-line control system, but it wasn’t until the 1970’s that Kiteboarding as we know it today was truly invented. After years of trial and error with boards and kites the first competition was held in Maui in 1998.  The sport has since exploded globally.

The pioneers of Kitesurfing have pushed the sport to it’s limits, experimenting and taking risks to build a diverse range of sport styles that are widely known today:

Freeriding

Freeriding is the most popular form of Kitesurfing as it allows the rider to sample all the varieties of the sport and just enjoy harnessing the wind.

Big Air

Rapidly becoming one of the most popular forms of Kitesurfing, riders tackle gale force winds to perform high risk moves to catapult themselves to heights of 25m+. Check out some of the spectacular footage from the 2015 Red Bull King of the Air here:

Freestyle

The most popular competitive version of the sport as athletes aim to get big air and complete as many tricks as possible during a set time period.

Wave-riding

The most stylish form of Kitesurfing, athletes use the power of the kite to propel themselves across giant waves. The kite allows the surfer to reach locations that only a jet ski would normally allow, truly unlocking the potential of the sea.

Wakestyle

Popular among wake-boarders, Wakestyle involves using a kite for propulsion rather than a boat/winch.

Be sure to check in at the same time next month for the next edition of our Extreme Sports Series.

Alan Lund

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