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5 fun facts about kitesurfing

May 28, 2015 | Latest Photo Prev Next
A kite surfer soars over the Sea of Galilee at sunset.A kite surfer soars over the Sea of Galilee at sunset.Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images
May 28, 2015 | Latest Photo

An extreme (and extremely fun) sport that people enjoy all along the Mediterranean coast, kitesurfing is a must-try thrill for adventure seekers around the world.

At the Sea of Galilee, kitesurfers can be seen soaring above the water well into sunset, and understandably so! Once you've gained momentum in this sport, it's hard to stop. Here are some facts to get you started:

  1. Kitesurfing utilizes a regular surfboard, a kite as a sail, and a whole lot of your core muscles. It's a mixture of windsurfing and wakeboarding, only with a kite in the air – like parasailing, only you balance on an actual surfboard.
  2. Kitesurfing gained popularity in the 1990s, but kitesailing has been around since the 1400s, when folks in China used kites to boost their canoes to get across the water. Today, over 1 million athletes around the world call themselves kitesurfers.
  3. There are many different styles of kitesurfing, from racing to jumping to freestyle. Freestyle kiteboarding focuses on catching air, while wave-riding is more like regular surfing. Special boards are used for racing, allowing kitesurfers to continuously travel over 1,000 feet.
  4. You can go kitesurfing anywhere there's enough water and enough wind. Kitesurfing requires wind that's at least 11 miles per hour.
  5. There is a wide selection of kites to choose from, flat kites to foil kites, ranging from 7 square feet to over 200 square feet in size. Some kites are inflated while others utilize the wind to start sailing. The bigger the kite, the more power it has – but kitesurfers know to choose the right one for how windy it is outside, otherwise they might be carried out to sea!

Once you've got your kitesurfing board, your harness, your kite lines and control bar, it's nothing but smooth sailing.

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