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Quick Facts on Kite Surfing

Kite surfing combines surfing, kite flying and wakeboarding. Find out what you need to get started in this high-flying water sport.

What is Kite Surfing?

Kite surfing, also known as kite boarding, is a sport, which combines surfing, kite flying and wakeboarding. A kite surfer is pulled across the water by a big kite while standing on a kite board (a small surfboard with straps). With a good wind, kite surfers can move across the water at more than 40 miles (64 kms) per hour and launch off jumps more than 30 feet (10 m) in the air. This is a sport that requires great skill and courage - so nerds who hate water and heights should stay home and dream about being in a boy band.

What Do You Need to Take Flight on a Kite Board?

The main pieces of equipment in kite surfing are the kite and the board. The kite is like the chute used in paragliding. It has flying lines and a control bar for steering. There is also a safety release which attaches to your wrist in case you let go of the control bar or the kite gets going too fast. This is especially important in high winds. The board is like a wakeboard with bindings that strap on your feet.

What Are the Dangers of Kite Surfing?

There is a lot that can go wrong when you're kite surfing. Make sure you've had proper training and are with someone else who knows what they're doing. Tangled lines are the cause of most accidents - especially when you're starting out. The lines can be up to 100 feet (30 m) long and are razor sharp. High winds can take you far away from where you started - leaving you stranded in rough waters, on a rocky beach or in a beach house with Jessica Simpson (this usually only happens in a kite surfer's dreams). Kite surfers have also been injured by crashing into trees, being attacked by sharks or being electrocuted by overhead power lines.

How Can I Start Kite Surfing?

Kite surfing is still a pretty new sport but many beach resorts in Hawaii, Florida and California have kite surfing schools. You can usually be on the water and riding waves after a few hours of training. At most places, you have to be 13 or older to kite surf.

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unicornsrule626
"rainbowpoptart" wrote:I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise).competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionallyDoes cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes.pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too.Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has.It is a form of exercise and entertainment.It is a sport.Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything.Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy. very well said! I was a cheerleader for 2 years until  I aged out, but let ,e tell you, they were 2 of the best,sweaty and most fun years I have ever had
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rainbowpoptart
I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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angelover4
CHEERLEADING IS LIKE DANCE GYMNASTICS MIXED TOGETHER WITH WORDS. AND DANCE AND GYMNASTICS ARE CONSIDERED SPORTS.
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angelover4
I BELIVE ITS A SPORT JUST LIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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angelover4
I BEL ITS A SPORT JUS TLIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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