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Kitesurfing – To Rush Your Adrenaline

Kitesurfing is often looked upon as a thrill seeking junkie sport. But little do most people know that Kitesurfing has a lot more to offer. Besides taking you to some of the most romantic places in the world, it is educational and exhilarating too. Read on to know more about this exciting new water sport.

If we look back in the history, Chinese have been known to use kites for propulsion in the 13th century. In the 1800s George Pocock, used kites of increased size to propel carts on land and ships on the water. The 1970s and early 1980s saw Germany developed parachute-skiing and later perfected a kiteskiing system. Modern times have seen specialist kiteboards developing. Soon, kiteboarding became a mainstream sport, and several schools were teaching kitesurfing.

Kitesurfing, also known as kiteboarding is a surface water sport. Using wind power to pull a rider through the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard, it tests the skills of surfing and kiting simultaneously. The Riding styles have further evolved to suit riders and conditions, such as wake style, wave riding, freestyle, jumping, and cruising.

A kitesurfer uses a board with or without foot-straps or bindings. He uses the combined power of a large controllable kite to push himself and the board forward across the water. Due to latest innovations in kite design, safety release systems, and instruction, the sport is becoming safer. It is often seen as an extension to windsurfing and they are always compared to each other. But visually it is more attractive and more of a high visual impact sport.

Depending on wind strength, Kitesurfers change kite size and line length from the harness to the kite. For example, stronger winds require a smaller kite to prevent overpowering situations. One should avoid using too large a kite, particularly when the surfer is a necomer. Newer kites also provide a "depower" option to reduce the power in the kite. As a general rule, kitesurfers should never venture onto the water in direct offshore winds or direct onshore winds as there is the possibility of being 'flown' out or being thrown against beach objects, trees, rocks. Offshore winds are also generally more strong and difficult to kitesurf.

It is not surprising to see a huge demand for kite surfing holidays worldwide. But one must get familiar with all aspects of this water sport and take a minimum amount of lessons to begin kite surfing. The lack of knowledge of basic safety procedures can lead to unwelcome and unforeseen accidents. So, get a proper course, which should teach you the basics of how to rig, launch and land a kite safely. Move on to how to use a proper kite. Learn the technicalities of body dragging on the beach and then on the water. Finally, its time to get started on the board. For anyone interested in kiteboarding, the first important step is to have the right gear, which includes a kite, a board and some lines to control the kite. This is very is essential for safety as well as for having a quick learning curve. Today, one will come across different kinds of kites and the boards , what with the new technology replacing the old one each day. The inflatable kite is one of the most popular and easy to use. There are three types of boards for kitesurfing --directional board, bi-directional board and asymmetrical board. Most beginners use the directional board, which is more flexible.

A kite surfing holiday has a lot to offer to the holidayers. The main advantage of a kite surfing holiday is that you travel to a new place where the wind is constant and ideal for it. For example, a warm ocean with waist deep water and constant 15 knots of wind during are ideal condition to kite surf in. Kitesurfing give you the opportunity to discover unforgettable places with pristine conditions. You will come back again and again, begging for more and more. Nowadays Kitesurfing is a very safe water sport. Besides learning about the sport, you will alsolearn about the environment, the water, the wind and the land. If you are looking for an educational plus an exciting holiday, then kitesurfing holidays are for you.

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