A kitesurfer flys almost on land on a windy day in Tampa Bay near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Hillsborough County, Florida.
Kitesurfing also called kiteboarding, is an art as it is practiced and how it is portrayed in pictures. Most of the art shows people doing stunts while some shows a surfer and their kite or multiple sufers with their kites.
A kitesurfer uses the power of the wind, harnessed with a large controllable kite that resembles some of the modern parachutes used by skydivers, to be propelled across the water on a kiteboard, that is similar to a wakeboard or small surfboard. The board may or may not have footstraps or bindings.
Kitesurfing is a relatively new sport, dating back to only 1977. Modern kitesurfing really became in popular after Laird Hamilton and Manu Berlin demonstrated it off the coast of Maui in 1966. At the same time in Florida, Raphael Baruch was experimenting riding windsurfing boards with various foil kites and was instrumental in changing the name of the sport from flysurfing to kitesufing.
Kitesurfing more specifically refers to riding waves and uses standard surfboards or boards specifically designed for the purpose. For more, and more detailed information refer to wikipedia.
November 27th, 2019
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