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Kite surfing as an extreme sport

An extreme sport to try out

Kite surfing is a relatively new extreme sport whereby you use a small surfboard with foot straps and bindings which are attached to a large power kite. This controllable kite propels you across the water — and at times over it — while you control both the kite and the board at the same time.

man kite surfing

Who is kite surfing suitable for?

Kite surfing is considered to be a family sport, and can be done by children as young as 12. Those participating need to be strong swimmers with a fair degree of upper-body strength — and it also helps if you are proficient at other water sports such as windsurfing.

Risk factors of kite surfing

Kite surfing is a relatively low-risk extreme sport, since most kite surfers wear helmets, and each kite has a quick-release mechanism which allows you to release the kite with one tug or push, leaving only one line attached to a kite leash. This will cause the kite to lose its shape, preventing you from being dragged along by an out-of-control kite.

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