Kitesurfing is an extreme sport where the kiter uses wind power with a large power kite to be pulled on a water, land, or snow surface. It combines aspects of paragliding, surfing, windsurfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and wakeboarding. Kitesurfing is among the less expensive and the more convenient sailing sports.
After some concepts emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s, some designs were successfully tested, and the sport received a wider audience in the late 1990s and became mainstream at the turn of the century. It has freestyle, wave-riding, and racing competitions. The sport held the speed sailing record, reaching 55.65 km (103.06 km/h) before being eclipsed by the 65.45 km (121.21 km/h) Vestas Sailrocket. Worldwide, there are 1.5 million kitesurfers, while the industry sells around 100,000 to 150,000 kites per year.
Did you know that the largest kitesurfing wave is Nuno “Stru” Figueiredo Nazaré – Portugal – 8 Nov 2017 19 mts. The World Record was verified by IFKO and Guinness World Records.