Kiteboarding at the Beach

kiteboarding-2-phuket-beachKiteboarding combines the boarding fun sports with the athletics and gymnastics into one marvelous activity near the beach. Its manual controller allows a person to be propelled across the water, with the help of the wind. It makes use of standard surfboard or specifically shaped boards, attached to a special harness connected to the kite. The board will have special harnesses, similar to the ones snowboarders have on their boards. It can also be used to ride the waves, bringing it closed to surfing.

This sport has many different branches: kitesurfing in the waves, jumping, course racing, speed, freeride, freestyle and downwider. A recent ISAF (World sailing) and IKA (International Kiteboarding Association) study revealed that in 2012, the world had around 1.5 million inhabitants practicing one of the above mentioned sports.

Before adventuring into kiteboarding, one must feel extremely comfortable at the sea side. Riding the waves or the water can be challenging both for the rider itself, but also for the other people in the sea. Many schools give basic lessons in marvelous locations all around the world.

The basic skills involve learning to turn, fly, jump and grab the board. Turning can lead to accidental fly over’s, followed by sinking in the sea and a tumble, if poorly executed. A correct turn starts in a heel turn, combined with a reversed move of the kite. In other words, a shift in the leading foot followed by a counter move of the kite will make a successful turn.

Flying is one of the coolest tricks. The boarder should shift the weight balance to an edge, causing the board to lift its nose, and slowly take off into the air. The flight and the jump should be performed only after a few lessons, as it can be risky.

Boar grabs take their names from skateboarding and snowboarding, and have similar movements. They require endless hours of practice, but when mastered, they will turn a few heads on the beach.

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