There are many ways one can come across the term kitesurfing. Maybe it was on the news, or you have ever witnessed kitesurfers at sea during your stay at the coast. However, it happened, there is so much to know about the sport.
What is Kitesurfing
Kitesurfing is a type of water sport that combines the dynamics of surfing and the balance of flying a kite. It is a type of kiteboarding. The difference between the two comes from the kind of board used for the sport. While kitesurfing uses the standard surfboard with no bindings, kiteboarding uses the same board as wakeboarding. It employs techniques similar to snowboarding, skateboarding and windsurfing.
How It All Started
Kitesurfing has a history connected by different people and circumstances. In 1903, Samuel Cody crossed the English Channel using a canvas boat controlled by a wind kite. In 1978, Ian Day had a kite-powered catamaran that could go at the speed of about 40km/h. Before Ian Day’s invention, kitesurfing came to life under the name of Gijsbertus Adrianus Panhuise. Though it was never recognized as a commercial sport, Mr. Panhuise can be identified as the founder of kitesurfing.
In 1984, the French Legaignoux brothers posted a patent for an inflated kite model that allowed the rider to launch in the water. Their design still serves as a foundation for today’s design. Kitesurfing continued to grow in popularity until the 20th century when other advancements such as the depower function made the sport more comfortable and the equipment more natural to use.
The Massive Growth of Kitesurfing in the 21st Century
Thanks to globalization and equipment advancement in the 21st century, kitesurfing has become a global sport. Today, the sport is enjoyed by people from all walks of life. In 2001, the International Kiteboarding Organization was founded to help foster education, equipment training and safety practices across the globe.