Kite surfboards have been around since the early 70’s. They are a very versatile piece of equipment, and a lot of people use them. For instance, you will see surfers out surfing kite board on the ocean in Hawaii. This is because there are some waves that are too large for the surfboard and the kite surfer uses the other form of water craft that he or she has available. Kite surfers are typically outfitted with a high quality board and a rider helmet to keep them safe.
Kite surfboards were originally created as an alternative to surfing flat boards. The idea was to make them as quick and easy to use as possible. A kite surfboard works by allowing its rider to cut out a “parallel outline” in the middle of the board which when done right will allow the rider to go upwind. By riding in the same perpendicular position, the rider is not going to have to deal with the bumps that come from surfing upwind. Because of this, they are able to go upwind much more often.
Kite surfing is perfect for hot days when you want to ride waves that are closer to the shore. There are several types of kitesurf with different shapes and configurations, but the most popular is a “sink” kite surfboard. These boards are generally made out of fiberglass and are used by professional surfers to keep them stable while riding waves at the breaks. When it gets too hot out, riders can fold up their board and store it in a bag which makes it easier to take on and off the beach.
Another type of kite surfboard is a twin fin set. Twin fin sets are also known as tandem kitesurfing boards because they are designed for two riders who are going to be riding waves together. A twin fin set consists of two single piece fins, and a single piece with a single piece. The one piece with the single piece allows the rider to get closer to the waves, while the other rider rides underneath and gets an even closer shave.
Kite surfing requires different techniques for riding different types of waves. The most common technique for kite surfing is called flat tail surfing. This is where the rider uses a single, wider, flat board that sits closer to the ground than the other rider’s board. The other technique is known as reshipping or nose diving, wherein the rider kicks his board from the nose to the tail. Nose diving, in general, requires that the rider to gain more height off the bottom than other techniques would require.
Kite surfboards differ from regular surfboard in many ways. One of these differences is the shape of the surfboard. Kite surfboards have concave shapes, whereas regular surfboards have a more curved shape. Since the kitesurf boards are harder and more prone to take a sharp edge at high speeds, they are better used in competitions where speed and power are a major factor in determining who wins.
This post was written by Aaron McClearnon, Owner of Elite Watersports. At Elite Watersports, We strive to provide exceptional service and genuine interactions with those interested in kitesurfing lessons. We hold dear our passion for being out on the water and maintain this as our foundation for all business practices.