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Equipment

Control Bar De-Power System Flying Lines Landboard Power Kite Safety Hook Knife

Rules

There are no written or standardized rules for kite landboarding. There are however, certain restrictions on where kite landboarders can ride.

Description

Kite Landboarding (sometimes spelled Kite Land Boarding) is an individual sport where participants use a large kite to pull them across a large, open area while on an oversized skateboard. Experienced riders can launch themselves several feet in the air and perform tricks. Kite landboarding, a close relative of kiteboarding, is the riding of a modified skateboard pulled by a large kite. Usually practiced in open, windy areas such as beaches, the sport carries with it an element of danger because of the high speeds created by the kite. Riders attempt different tricks and stunts while being pulled, adding to the dangerous nature of the sport.

History

The use of kites for propulsion was first practiced by the Chinese in the late 13th century. Westerners first adopted the practice in the 19th century, in order to offset the expense of owning horses. By the late 20th century, kites were being introduced into canoeing, ice skating, snow skiing, roller skating and other activities. In the 1990's as kiteboarding grew more popular, skateboarders began experimenting with kites and modified skateboards. The sport has continued to grow, today boasting enthusiasts and competitions in many countries throughout the world.