Kiteboarding, or kitesurfing as it is also referred to, is one of the fastest growing sports on the planet. A diverse sport that harnesses the power of the wind and the water, kiteboarding is not only an adrenaline rush, but it also has minimal negative impact on the environment and in 30 Knots humble opinion, that’s a wonderful thing. Being pulled across the water on a board by a giant kite has to be experienced to be believed and it’s not as difficult to learn, or as “extreme” as people imagine. With the correct, professional tuition, almost all age groups can be taught to ride and testament to this is 30 Knots local community in Florida, where there are men, women and children kiteboarding between the ages of 5 and 85. The International teaching body IKO has qualified instructors based all over the World, so if you want to learn in a safe, controlled environment, there is really no excuse. And if you are living in or visiting Florida, you can even get lessons from our very own sister company, Kiteboarding St. Petersburg.
Kiteboarding has taken its inspiration from a range of other watersports such as surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing and sailing, to create a new sport with great diversity. Want to surf the waves but don’t want to have to paddle back out after each set? Try kitesurfing. Want to wakeboard and do tricks with handle passes, but don’t want to buy an expensive boat? Learn to kiteboard. Want to ride a hydrofoil and literally float above the water in almost no wind. Get a kite and learn to foil. There are so many disciplines available to learn that as you can imagine, kiteboarding never gets boring. So if you love the water, get out there and give it a try, we promise you won’t regret it!
Kiteboarding is also a professionally recognized sport, with riders competing in an array of disciplines, including Big Air, Freestyle, Park Riding and Racing. The most famous event in the sport is probably the Red Bull King of the Air, an annual even held in Cape Town, South Africa each February. The world’s best riders compete to see who can combine the highest possible jumps, with the most extreme tricks. Using a device called a “Woo”, height, hang time and landing force can be measured and this information combined with a panel of judges scores results in a winner being crowned the “King of the Air!” Watch the video below to see the King of the Air 2017 winner, Nick Jacobsen busting out some crazy moves!
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