What is kitesurfing? Kitesurfing is one of the most radical and relaxing water sports at the same time, with a kite flying over the water. Thanks to the power of the wind in the kite (English for kite), the kitesurfer is moving forward. The kite is connected to your waist with a trapeze/harness, so kitesurfing does not require much physical effort. Kitesurfing has been known in the America for more than 15 years and is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. This is because you need nothing but the wind! Imagine having a nice surf over the water and the wind in your hair. And then we do not even know about the immense high leaps you can make!
Kitesurfing is a passion and for many people a way of life. America alone already has more than 10,000 active kitesurfers. Kitesurfing, also called kiteboarding, is an extreme sport. Flying is central and it requires extreme control of the kite. As soon as there is a little sigh of wind, most coders start to creak to get water. Kitesurfing is not hard and everyone can learn young and old! However, kite surfing can be dangerous if you do not know what you’re up to. Always take kitesurf before starting kitten and be aware of the latest weather forecasts.
What is a kite?
A kite is actually exactly the same as a kite. However, kites often mean kitesurfing kites which are a lot bigger than a standard kite that everyone has ever flown with. A kitesurfing kite usually has a size between 5 and 15 m2. The right size kite is based on your weight and wind strength. The heavier you weigh, the more power you need to get out of your kite to progress. The same applies to the wind power. If it’s tougher, there will be more wind to the kite and more power. At high wind speeds, take a smaller kite and if it does not blow loudly, you need a bigger kite to keep surfing on the water. Want to know more about different kites? Check this page about the different types of kites.
How do you manage a kite?
A kite is controlled by means of the ‘bar’. This is the steering wheel that allows you to check the kite. Most kites need four lines to fly well. The two front lines call powerlines (because all the power is on here) and walk through the bar to the trapeze. The steering lines are located at the back of the kite and are attached directly to the bar. By shutting one shorter than the other, the kite sends the direction you want. Then, take the left side of the bar, send the kite to the left. When you pull on the right, the kite will send to the right. Nowadays, you can also determine the power of the kite by pulling the bar or pushing it away from you. Go to the bar, both steering lines shorter and more wind in the kite. This leads to more power in the kite, a faster steering behavior. If you want less power in the kite, push the bar off or let go of the bar completely. This causes all wind from the kite, so the power will almost completely go out of the kite. So if you make a steering error, it’s always important to leave your bar in time to prevent accidents.
What is a kiteboard?
When kitesurfing, use a kitesurf board to surf the water. Thanks to the speed and tension on the water surface, you keep floating on the water. There are many different types of kitesurf boards. The most commonly used kiteboards are the so-called twin tips. These are symmetrical kiteboards that can be used on both sides. So you do not have to turn your board when you go the other way. On these kiteboards, there are bindings in which your feet stay in place. This way you will not lose your kiteboard quickly if you make a jump. These findings are also called footpads and foot straps. Want to know more about the different types of kiteboards? Take a look at the info page about kiteboards.
Altitude and speed at kitesurfing
Kitesurfers are famous for their spectacular jumps. Nowadays the height of these jumps can be measured very specifically by means of an altimeter on your kitesurf board. The height record of the WOO (altimeter) stands at an impressive 27.5m. This is an apartment building of more than 9 floors high! However, such a height can only be achieved at the correct wind speeds and conditions. The height of a kite jump depends on the wind speed, horizontal velocity, and vertical velocity. If it blows loud, there’s more wind in the kite and you’ll shoot up. In addition, the speed and strength of the jump are important when jumping high. The faster you go, the harder you sell with your kiteboard, the higher you go. Finally, it is against it, and the timing of this is very important at a high leap. Timing is everything!
In addition to high flying, kite surfers can also reach very high speeds. How fast does a kitesurfer work? Ultimately, that is, of course, different by a kitesurfer. The speed record of a kitesurfer is 104.86 km / h, but these speeds never reach the average kitesurfer of course. In general, the speed of a kite rises between 20 and 40 km / h.
Can you fight the wind in kitesurfing?
Certainly, that can! Fortunately, otherwise, kite surfers would always have to walk in the wind 🙂 By killing the wind, the kitesurfer can kite against the wind. Here you will need enough wind in your kite. If it blows gently, it’s harder to get into the wind. Beginners often have a lot of trouble to fight against the wind, also called upwind kiten. With a slightly bigger kiteboard, it’s usually a bit easier to cross the wind. Here are some tips to make the upwind kites easier.
Tips to kite upwind
- Look wide over your shoulder to the place you want to kite
- Put additional pressure on your back leg
- Try to keep your toes up well
- Press your heels hard into the water to attach it properly
- Make sure you have enough pressure in your kite
- Do not try to fall
- A larger board makes it easier to wind up
- Even larger fins make upwind kites easier
- The less rocker (curvature), the faster you go upwind
Where can you kitesurf in the America?
In the America, you can kite surfing at the indicated kite spots. These kite spots can be found along the coast and, for example, the beaches. Just dive into the water on a busy summer day, giving you a chance of a fine. Choose a kite suit that suits you. Beginners often have a little more trouble with waves, but ultimately you can, of course, be able to do it all over the place. So do not stop by a few waves in the North Sea, because the kite spots on the Dutch coast are often the safest because you have enough space around you.
Can you kite with offshore wind?
It is important to search for the kite spot based on wind direction. Kite surfing can be dangerous especially with offshore winds. Not because you can not kite against the wind, but because the wind becomes unreliable. If the wind has roamed all over the wind becomes flaky and it can get a lot of air bubbles. This may cause the wind to disappear unexpectedly, which can lead to dramatic consequences. We strongly recommend kitesurfing with offshore winds! You can then choose a nice spot on the Ijsselmeer to go for a while.
Do I have to follow kiteless or can I start myself immediately?
Kitesurfing is one of the coolest sports on the coast . You are in violation of the elements and one with nature. The beautiful is really thought everyone can learn! Do you also want to learn kite surfing? Then take kitesurf at one of the renowned kite surf schools in America. Ultimately, the choice of course is what kind of kites school you choose, if you choose to study. The forces of a kitesurfkite can be very dangerous if you do not know what you’re doing. In addition, you learn it much faster and it’s twice as fun!
All in all, kite surfing is a crazy sport that will keep your body and body fit. Make sure you keep the rules at all times and be aware of the risks and your environment. With the good development of new materials, kite surfing becomes increasingly accessible to everyone and safer, but remains an extreme sport. The weather is also at great risk, so check the weather forecasts carefully before you go to the water. Finally, we always recommend kite surfing with a buddy so you can keep an eye on each other and let each other’s kite go up and down