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Where Kitesurfing Came From

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Kitesurfing is by far the latest craze in extreme sports.

The idea of using a kite to enhance speed and gravity for the surfer seems like a new and exhilarating challenge, yet the art of KiteSurfing dates back to the 13th Century Chinese when it was used as a simple mode of transportation.

Kitesailing, as it was known, was a medium that used the wind as an aid to harness its momentum and energy to mobilize their canoes across water.

The earliest recorded history of kitesailing dates back to the early 12th Century.

In the 1800’s George Pocock took the basic kite design to a whole new level by increasing the size of the overall kite and used them as a sail to glide carts on land and ships on the water.

The designs of the kites were engineered with four lines, the same setup being deployed today.

Both carts and boats were able to turn and sail upwind. The wind would generate enough lift underneath the kite to raise it off of the ground and powerful enough to sustain it for a period of time.

These kites have been able to propel a man-made vehicle across the ground, snow, ice and water.

These kites are codependent on the wind and it is necessary to get off of the ground or water to get them to fly.

However, once the kite is in the air it manufactures its own wind, which is proportionately faster and creates a higher rate of speed for the vehicle.

Yet one issue still remains most of the earlier kites were deployed from the land and off of the flat ground.

Not on the water where kitesurfing takes place. In the 1980’s Wipika, Kiteski, fOne, Concept Air, C-Quad, and Naish Kites marketed water launch kites.

These kites could be sailed again after falling short of wind into the water.

In the late 1990’s off of the Hawaiian coast of Maui, Laird Hamilton and Manu displayed the extreme sport opportunities to radical surfers and wake boarders.

Its popularity has since skyrocketed as one of the fastest growing water sports in the past two years.

There are many different techniques that you will need to learn before you can master the kitesurfing sport.

One of these techniques is learning how to feel the power of the kite and learning to control that power.

Part of learning how to feel the power of the kite is leaning how to control the estimated surface of the kite and the speed of the kite.

You can both use and learn how to feel the power of the kite through the control of the projected surface and thought the control of the speed of the kite.

Practice until you are comfortable with both techniques and only then try to kitesurf.

First of all, learn how to feel the power of the kite and control it trough the control of the projected surface of the kite.

With the four lines inflatable kite you can reduce the power of the kite by letting the front lines loose and through that adjusting the projected surface.

With the four lines foil kite you can reduce the power of the kite by letting the center line loose and through that adjusting the projected surface.

In both cases a kitesurfer can fix the kite in place at a specific projected surface.

Spend some time learning these how to feel the power of the kite techniques and practicing them.

The next step in learning how to feel the power of the kite is to learn and practice to control the flying speed of the kite.

You should learn both how to decrease and increase the kite’s power.

This technique of controlling the flying speed of the kite is easier to learn, as compared to controlling the projected surface, and is considered a somewhat better way how to feel the power of the kite and control that power.

Though it is not that easy to reduce the power of the kite through this technique, increasing the power of the kite is very easy.

All you have to do is just fly your kit and, depending on the wind position, use different wave patterns.

With this method it is much easier to learn how to feel the power of the kite and to actually stay in control.

Today there are organizations, competitions, videos and magazines worldwide dedicated to this increasingly popular sport and the thrills associated with it.

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