From the technological advances of windsurfing, paragliding and wakeboarding has come a hot, new water sport that some people call kiteboarding and others call kitesurfing. No matter what you call it, this is an extreme sport that takes wind, guts, the right equipment and a lot of practice.
Here’s how it works: The kiteboarder, standing on a kiteboard, which looks like a small surfboard or wakeboard with straps, is pulled across the water and into the air by a big kite. On a kiteboard, it’s possible to take a flying leap off flat water and soar 40 feet in the air. That’s the extreme side of the sport.
Sounds simple enough, but it’ll take a little practice to coordinate the moves. Some kiteboarding instructors say a three-day class will do it. And once you get on to it, you’ll know why kiteboarding, which was popularized by Hawaii’s Robbie Naish. is one of the fastest growing watersports in the world. You’ll need some equipment—a kite, board and control bars—as well as some lessons. Kailua Bay is a good place for both kiteboarding and windsurfing.
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