February 26, 2022 6 min read

There are many types of sports-related to the water like skateboarding kiteboarding windsurfing. We are going to talk about kiteboarding.

This interesting sport was invented years ago in the late 1970s and gained popularity over the past few decades.

Kiteboarding combines elements of paragliding, skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and windsurfing, and most people think it is an extreme sport. It is very possible that by time kiteboarding will be popular same as snowboarding is

But, is kiteboarding really extreme? Since many people think that kitesurfing is an extreme sport typically done on the water we decided to give an answer to this question.

Kite surfing is typically done on the water where athletes have feet on the board and are pulled with a kite as the name itself says. The power of wind helps athletes to make high jumps, be incredibly fast and be attractive to people. A lot of celebrities enjoy this sport very much.

Where Did Kiteboarding Come From?

People who loved windsurfing thought that this sport has too much equipment and they wanted to change something. By combining elements of different sports, they came to an idea to start kiteboarding. Having too many things with you is a big problem, especially if you want to travel around.

Now kiting offers more freedom to kiteboarders and you don’t have to bring so much equipment and can travel around more easily. That is how kiteboarding replaced the popularity of windsurfing. And even when people say that kitesurfing is an extreme sport typically done on water there are many fans of this sport all over the world.

Differences Between Kiteboarding and Windsurfing

As we said, the main difference is that you don’t need to bring a lot of equipment with you when you want to kite. And as the name says, kitesurfing is done by the kite, and on the other side, windsurfing is with the sail. Kiteboarding involves being attached to the kite with a harness and controlling the kite with a bar. The kite is independent of the board, and the board is considerably smaller, but you are strapped to the kite with a harness and controlling the kite with a bar. This gives you a lot more height than windsurfing does.

The latter is essentially surfing on a surfboard, but with a lot of panache. You fall into the water if you fall off a windsurfing board.

The Future of Kiteboarding

The water sport kiting has a bright future. Every year, technology improves, and the popularity of the product grows. More great kiteboarding spots are being discovered, and more people are discovering this new amazing activity and getting addicted to the kiteboarding excitement. Who knows what the sport has in store for us next... Perhaps the Olympics?? It would be great!

Different Styles of Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding can be done in a variety of ways. This sport, like most extreme sports, is always evolving. The most popular kitesurfing styles are free-ridden freestyle and wave-riding. Freeride. Kiteboarding can be performed in any style you wish. This is the most frequent style, particularly among newcomers to the sport. The basic purpose of freeriding is to have fun while learning new skills. Freestyle. When you freestyle, you receive extra air time. It consists of large jumps and tricks performed in the air. The greatest boards and kites are those that are smaller and generate a lot of push. Kiteboarding and traditional 'surfing' are combined in wave-riding. Wave-riding on a kiteboard, as one might think, necessitates a break and waves, which the kitesurfer rides while 'following' his kite.

Kiteboarding Equipment

Kitesurfing equipment is referred to as a 'Kit.' Kite, bar and lines, board, seat or waist harness, safety leash and kite, flotation west, helmet, and wetsuit are all essentials for a novice. There are a few things to bear in mind when it comes to kitesurfing equipment. Any qualified trainer will provide you with the necessary equipment. If you acquire a kit right after your course, you might discover that you quickly outgrow it, such as going from a seat harness and a large board as a beginner to a waist harness and a smaller board as you gain skill. It's great to buy a secondhand board, but the latest kites, bars, and lines are worth seeking because technology continues to improve. If you are considering which place to visit for this water sport, try to kitesurf in some places in France. That country is amazing for this kind of sports. 

So, is Kiteboarding Extreme or Not?

Kiteboarding is a water sport that uses a kite to pull a rider through the water on a small surfboard or a large kiteboard.

Kiteboarding is an extreme sport that is gaining in popularity. It is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It is not only a physical challenge but also a mental one. It takes a lot of practice and skill to be good at kiteboarding. Kiteboarding is an extreme sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It is a great way to get out and enjoy nature while also getting a workout. However, because of being a dangerous sport, it is not recommended for beginners.

Why Kiteboarding is the Best Water Sport?

person kiteboarding

Kiteboarding is quickly gaining popularity as the best water sport there is. It is easy to learn, provides a great workout, and is a ton of fun. You can kiteboard in almost any body of water, making it a great option for those looking for something new to do on vacation. You can enjoy the beautiful views of the ocean while riding the waves and feeling the wind in your hair.

It combines the best elements of kiteboarding windsurfing skimboarding to create a totally new and unique experience. Kiteboarders use a large kite to propel themselves across the water at high speeds, doing tricks and jumps along the way. The result is an adrenaline-pumping experience that is sure to get your heart racing.


Kiteboarding was constantly attacked for being a life-threatening sport. However, we can say that kiteboarding is an extreme, but safe, sport. Along with seven injuries for each 1, 000 hrs of physical activity, kiteboarding appears outlined as a relatively safe sport, particularly when compared to popular sports.

American soccer has an average of 36 accidental injuries per 1, 500 hours; even football appears to be more dangerous with 19 accidental injuries per 1, 500 hours of wearing activity. Despite all these facts people love to get adrenalin while kite surfing because of it's relatively little danger. That is why kite surfing remains one of the best water sports.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of sport is kiteboarding?

Kite boarding is mixed between several sports, such as surfing, windsurfing, paragliding, and skateboarding and remains one of the best water sports. It is about holding to a kite, while you surf over the water standing on a kiteboard. The power of wind is all you really need if you want to try it out.

Is kiteboarding the same as kitesurfing?

Yes! Kiteboarding is the way people in the United States of America call this sport. Kite surfing is the name people around the world use.

Is kiteboarding dangerous?

It results in more injuries than, for example, windsurfing. But compared to the other popular sports, it is a relatively safe sport. However, many people say that no its still an extreme sport. The wave helps with the jump but the main power comes from the kite. If an athlete jumps too high, it can be very dangerous.

Who invented kiteboarding?

A Dutch guy, Gijsbertus Adrianus Panhuise, invented Kiteboarding. He called his patent KiteSurfing. In the beginning, the sport wasn’t very popular. In the late 1970s and early 1980s two brothers from France, Bruno and Dominique Legaignoux made kites for kiteboarding, and then, the sport started to gain popularity.

Is kiteboarding harder than surfing?

People who like to watch both of these two sports think that the water sport kiteboarding is a bit easier to learn. But, on the other hand, surfing is a bit easier sport. So, I guess it is equal.

Author - Fred Felton
Fred Felton          

Content Creator / Editor

Fred Felton is a copywriter, editor and social media specialist based in Durban, South Africa. He has over 20 years of experience in creating high end content. He has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world. Currently Fred specialises in the adventure watersports space, focussing on surf, kayak and rafting. He is also a keynote speaker and has presented talks and workshops in South Africa.

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