Kite Surfing

About the Sport: 

Kite surfing is a surface water sport in which the surfer is on a kite board and uses a large parachute-like power kite to propel himself across the water. Here, the power of the wind is the only force needed to set you in motion. The different styles of kite surfing are the Free ride, Freestyle, Wave-riding, Wake style, Wake skate, Jumping, Course racing and Speed racing. You can even perform exciting stunts once you have achieved high speed. Enjoy the unique combination of sailing and flying on the water through this amazing adventure sport!


Relation To India:

India with its large coastline, scenic beauty, beautiful beaches and pristine water is a very good place for kite surfing. Goa, Karnataka, Kerala are some of the popular kite surfing destinations.


Tips / Precautions / Interesting Facts:

Weather forecasting and training in kite launching, flying, landing, usage of the bar, lines and safety devices are very necessary for any surfer. Collisions with wind surfers, other kite boarders or water craft are other risk factors and can be quite dangerous. Always carry a cutting tool such as a safety knife to be able to escape if you get entangled in lines.


Photo credit: Zach Dischner Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Do's

  • Fly in open and clear space
  • Wear a life jacket
  • Take lessons for kite surfing
  • Wear suitable clothes and apply sunscreen

Don'ts

  • Don’t surf in gusty winds
  • Don’t surf near people
  • Don’t surf near power lines
  • Don’t surf in offshore and onshore wind if you are not an expert

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