How Kitesurfing got started
The first patent was applied in 1977 from Gijsbertus Adrianus Panhuise (NL) in Amsterdam.
Cory Roesler from Oregon started in the mid-eighties with the development of his Kite-Ski-System which has been patented since 1992.
Parallel Dominique and Bruno Legalgnoux from France, yachtsmen, wind-surfers and surfers, their flysurf-system, the WIPIKA WING (W,ind P,owered I,nflatable K,ite A,ircraft) the brothers hold the patent since 1984.
The newer F ONE system from Raphael Salles, comes also from France. This system is like the system of a hang-glider, regarding the construction.
The German company Windtools designed the first water start steering Mat "Moskito pro KS" in 1999 and this established itself worldwide in the Kitesurf-scene.
The development of the material is progressing very fast. Various
manufacturers have recognized the new trend and develop almost monthly new systems, and improve already available Kites.
Marc since 1998/1999 Kitesurfing
Kitesurfing the most elegant watersport!
Since 1999 Kitesurfing is the spectacular, new water-sport worldwide.
The Kitesurfer uses a steering hang-glider developed especially for Kitesurfing to have himself pulled on a Kitesurf-board.
The steering hang-glider is fastened at approx. 20-30 meters long lines. The kite gets steered through a handlebar.
Since the Kite does not only pull horizontal, but also vertically, therefore very high and far jumps are possible even at low strengths of wind.
By practicing this watersport, the athlete - Kitesurfer - let's himself pulled by a - steering hang-glider -on his surfboard.
The Kite is attached to the steering-bar through lines in the length of 20 to 25 meters. The safety lines, calles leashes, are between the Kitesurfer and his Kite (attached to the lines) and the Kitesurfer and his board.
With this energy the Kite permits high speed while the impetus makes great jumps possible. The best Kitesurfers reach heights up to 20 meters and jumps-distances up to 150 meters.
Kitesurfing has gained significant meaning within the last years. It will surely boom this year because it's already established as a new sport. The reason for the strong increased activity, lies in connection with the elements, water, air and the lifestyle nowadays.
Besides the economical factor, Kitesurfing will also gain in popularity and tourism and stimulate the watersport scene.
KITESWISS offering Kitesurfing-Courses Worldwide.
how to learn Kitesurfing
In any case as an absolute beginner, you should take Kitesurfing lessons by KITESWISS. You learn it faster and get all important tricks and Tips firsthand.
The important safety laws will be conveyed to you.
Who can learn Kitesurfing
Every average sporting person can learn to Kitesurf. Concerning age there aren't any restrictions (11-??? Year old).
You should be in good physical shape and a good swimmer too.
Experiences from Steering-Hang-gliding, Windsurfing, Wakeboarding, Surfing or Snowboarding, help to learn it, however, are not mandatory.
It's more important to learn Kitesurfing under competent instruction
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