Kiteboarding has now been around for over 20 years. As old as the sport is, kiteboarding remained well under the radar of most sports adventure enthusiasts until the early 21st century. New safety features and improved performance design has accelerated this amazing sport into the spotlight of extreme sports. Since 2003 the sport has taken off in earnest. Now Kiteboarding totes schools and destinations the world over. Kiteboarding is available in so many locations nowadays that it is hard not to spot somebody ripping over the water on a windy day, no matter what body of water you are on. Its growing fast, but what is it and why do it?
Kiteboarding is for lack of better description; a sport where you are pulled across the water much like wake-boarding or skiing behind a boat. But instead of a boat, the power source you use is a large and inflated Kite. Kites range in size and shape to fit the needs of the industry. Children and adults from age ten to age seventy can enjoy kiteboarding in at least one of its many forms. Using wind power you are more free than behind a boat. Free to go and explore anywhere on the water you like. The best part is that the kites are designed to be able to pull you up to Forty feet out of the water. So you can fly, do wakestyle tricks, or just go out to ride and have fun at your leisure.
Kiteboarding has become the number one travel adventure sport because of a few simple reasons. The gear is light and portable compared to other sports. You can pack everything you need plus spares in a golf bag for example. The equipment is versatile; you are able to use it over water, land or snow. You can pack a kite to bring with you anywhere. When there is wind you are ready.
This accessibility has made a kite the most diverse piece of travel sports gear. Whether my destination is land, water or snow you know that your kite can go. But consider traveling by using your kite. Imagine, once you are on the sandy beach, there is a reef and some small islands just offshore. You have your kite in your rental car, and the wind is right. So Now you can travel out to see the reef and island for a few hours. For free. At your leisure, no tour guides hustling you along. The freedom of exploration is a big appeal to kiteboarding. But the leisure time to yourself on the water is the major appeal. Some people release stress at the gym, on a run, or at the bar or night club. If you need some alone time for peaceful reflection and relaxation, there is no better way to do that than kiteboarding. The only noise in the world is the sound of the wind, the water moving beneath you and your own thoughts. So think, next time you plan your vacation, to travel to South Padre Island and learn how to kiteboard. Then think about all the years you will be able to use kiting for travel, leisure, and stress relief.