Kite boarding is a group of sports which use a kite for power and a board for support, such as Kitesurfing, Kite Foil Racing, Kite Landboarding and Snowkiting. This extreme sport combines aspects of sailing, windsurfing, snowboarding, and paragliding.
The kite system used consists of a kite, flying lines, a control bar, and a kite harness. The kites used come in different types and shapes, depending on the specific kite boarding discipline.
The athlete, standing on a board on the water, is harnessed to a hand-controlled and wind-powered kite. The board used depends on the surface on which the kiteboading is being done. There are several types of kiteboarding, encompassing traveling on water, snow or land:
- Kitesurfing — a board and kite are used on the water for different events.
- Kite Foil Racing — kiteboard racing on boards with a hydrofoil that extends below the board into the water.
- Kite Landboarding — using a kite and wind power to maneuver a huge skateboard type board over land.
- Snowkiting — a snow based, kite powered sport, while riding on a snowboard (Kite Boarding) or on snow skis (Kite Skiing)
- Snowboarding — involves descending on a slope covered in snow using a single board attached to both feet.
- Kite Fighting — battle to cut the lines on the opponents' kites
- Sport Kite — using a stunt kite to fly the kite in several patterns in time to background music.