Get High on Kitesurf­ing

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - WATERWORLD -

From the tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances of wind­surf­ing, paraglid­ing and wake­board­ing has come a hot new water sport called kitesurf­ing, or kite­board­ing. This ex­treme sport takes wind, guts, the right equip­ment and a lot of prac­tice.

The surfer stands on a kite­board (a small surf­board with straps) and is pulled across the water by a big kite. Sounds easy enough, but don’t be fooled—it could take many ses­sions of kitesurf­ing be­fore a pi­lot be­comes com­pe­tent.

Kitesurf­ing en­thu­si­asts say the sport, though chal­leng­ing and some­times dan­ger­ous, is more fun than and not as de­pen­dent on high wave and wind ac­tion as wind­surf­ing. Lessons and ren­tal gear are avail­able all over the is­land.

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