This new sport of
Kiteboarding has caught the eye of many local sailors, snowboarders, skiers,
and skateboarders. Kiteboarding offers the thrill of riding the wind,
on land, water, snow and ice, and can include really huge air time off
even the flattest terrain. Once in the air, if you want to spin, just
look over your shoulder. The
power of these silent wonders can easily feed anyone's adrenaline fix.
Some like it hot...
gawk as kiters boost 30-40ft off the water, spinning around and
around. These kites can give the pull of a 200hp Evenrude... straight
up, and can bring you back down like a feather.The
only questions are: How much power do want and how high do you want
not so hot...
There is nothing quite like the feeling of riding into a sunset
with just a small board attached to your feet, a kite some 100ft
in the air and the entire lake to yourself. The only sound, your
board slicing through the water. You feel weightless as you rest
your body in the harness dangling from the kite's power. What was
that problem at work again....?
There are no lift tickets or admission fees and all the equipment fits on your back! Kitesurfing is one of the best year round sports for Minnesota.
Kiteboarding in the winter is a sport in itself. Whether you choose a lake or an open field, kiteboarding or snowkiting on snow or ice is awesome. You can do power jibes, GS downwinders, boost huge air, or just rip back and forth. And there's no lift ticket! You can ride just about anything, short or long skis, skates, or snowboard. Wanna spin? Gee just look over your shoulder...the tough part is stopping the merry go round : )
Kiting on land is usually done in a small low to the ground buggy,
though there are land boards that are like large skateboards. In Europe
there are numerous buggy races throughout the year.
Overview of Kiteboarding
Without proper instruction,
kiting can be extremely dangerous to the kiter and innocent bystanders.
It is highly recommended to take lessons or fly with experienced kiters.
School of Kiteboarding
Whether your goal is to kitesurf, kiteski, or kitesnowboard, Lakawa can
help you get into the sport in a confident, safe manner. Our certified
instructors offer everything from kite purchase advice to full day instruction.
The best way to jump
start your learning curve into kiteboarding on the water is to head to
Hatteras or South Padre for a week or more. Both offer flat water, large
open launches, steady winds and great instruction. Here are some links
to check out:
Airpadrekiteboarding on South
Padre Island Texas
Kiteboarding in Hatteras
Gear? Looking for a Gear and Instruction Package?
The process of finding
the right gear, can be daunting. There is a lot of great gear out there,
but not all of it makes sense for all levels of riding and in our locations.
We just don't have the big beaches they have on the coasts. LAKAWA can
help you determine what equipment is best for you and lead you to some
great deals locally. Contact us
for further info.
Peter Lynn Kites
Ocean Rodeo Kiteboarding
Ice Rider) by Todd Hanson
Pederson Photography, Capturing the Instant
Jenn Barnett Photography
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