Skeleton

Equipment

Boat Kite Tube Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Tow Line

Rules

There are no standardized rules for kite tubing, as it remains a fringe sport with no governing body. One should always check local water safety rules as several cities and counties have banned the activity outright.

Description

Kite Tubing is an individual sport where individuals ride an inflatable tube, pulled by a boat. Once a certain speed has been attained, the tube lifts out of the water and flies like a kite. Kite tubing is a new and dangerous sport where participants attempt to get airborne on a tube while being pulled by a boat. The rider has little control of speed, lift, and direction, which greatly contribute to the unsafe nature of the sport. One should always check local safety regulations and receive proper training before participating.

History

The first stories about intentional kite tubing began surfacing at the beginning of the 21st century. By 2004 it had developed an underground following amongst wake boarders. In 2006, the Wego Kite Tube was released as the first commercial kite tube. Later that year, under pressure from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it was taken off the market. Since then design modifications have been made, which allow the rider slightly more directional control. Today kite tubing is more mainstream, though it remains illegal in several areas.