With over 1.5 million kitesurfers in 2012 and a booming global gear sales market of $250 million, kitesurfing is rapidly gaining popularity amongst extreme sport and ocean lovers. It’s fun, fast and furious, combining different kiteboarding styles with wave riding for the ultimate action.
What Is Kitesurfing?
Kitesurfing is a combination of power kiting and wakeboarding; it also draws influences from other popular boarding and surfing styles as well. Kitesurfing is an extreme sport which utilizes the power of wind through a kite to propel the rider across the water on a wakeboard type kiteboard or a small surfboard.
Although named kitesurfing, the wind is the only needed element to give the rider power on the water. Kitesurfing was popularized by Manu Bertin and Laird Hamilton in 1996 when flying various kites with windsurfing boards off the coast of Maui. The first kitesurfing competition was held in 1998 in Maui and has since gained popularity becoming a mainstream sport.
Five Lessons for Beginners
The first step for any beginner to start kitesurfing is to know your terminology in order to communicate with your instructor. So, first, learn to name your equipment. What you ultimately will be working with is your kite, a harness that attaches you to the kite, a power bar used to steer and control the kite’s power or pull, a board to glide across the water, and bindings, which are the foot holders attaching you to the board. It’s also good to know your basic kite positions, horizontal and vertical. In horizontal positions, your back is to the wind and kite positions are described in terms of clock positions, whereas in vertical positions the kite’s position is discussed in degrees, 0 degrees being the ground and 90 degrees above the head.
After learning your kite positions, the next important step is to learn your power positions as the kite’s position determines its power or pull. The kite will have the most power when positioned in front of you at a 45-degree angle, and will be losing power when placed to the sides or in opposite angles. Step three is then to learn how to control the kite’s position and power.
Most people start off by practicing with a miniature kite to get a feel for controlling the bar and positioning your kite. After successfully not flying away with the wind, step four is to try your actual kite on sand before moving to waters. If you can get through your power positions on land, you can move on to step five and let your kite drag you across the water. This will teach you to be comfortable with your kite in the water and refine your power positions. Once you have mastered all this, you are good to go! Just let your kite pull you out of the water, take your power positions, lean back, and enjoy the ride.
Betting Money on Kitesurfing
As kitesurfing keeps gaining crowd popularity and is on the edge of being recognized as an official event at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, casinos and gambling sites should start taking bets for kitesurfing competitions. The sport already holds some serious talent, such as Liam Whaley and Gisela Pulido, and keeps attracting new professionals and extreme sport lovers around the world. Another similar sport that is taking off amongst sportbookies is Esport. Like Kite competitions people are now able to bet on esport. You can say that the more people that enjoy watching a sport. The more likely sportbookies will offer some kind of betting alternatives.
In 2015, a record number of people followed the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships and interest in kitesurfing betting has already been expressed on several kitesurfing and online gambling forums. Not only are kiteboards fun to ride, but they are also fun to bet on. The next World Kite Tour 2016 starts off in April in France and finishes in South Africa in December.