Ski Archery

Equipment

Board Leash Control Bar Flying Lines Impact Vest Kiteboard Kite Harness Personal Flotation Device Power Kite (leading edge inflatable or foil) Safety Hook Knife Signaling Device Wetsuit

Rules

There are no written or standardized rules for kiteboarding. There are certain restrictions on where kiteboarders can venture on beaches and lakes, due to safety concerns of boaters and swimmers.

Description

Kiteboarding (sometimes spelled Kite Boarding) is a sport where a large kite pulls a board across the surface of water. Competitors can perform tricks and stunts similar to those in wakeboarding. Kiteboarding is the sport of riding a kite-powered board, across the surface of water. Many different tricks and stunts can be performed due to the high speeds made possible by the kite. The sport requires much training and equipment prior to participation, and is practiced both recreationally and competitively.

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 and roller skating. Kiteboarding itself was developed in the 1990's, with the patenting of the KiteSki system in 1994. This system consisted of a kite and two water skis. As the sport grew in popularity, kite technology improved and skis were replaced by boards similar to wakeboards. Today the sport is immensely popular, with competitions held across the globe.