Kiteboarding: About the Sport
Kiteboarding is a relatively young sport (circa 1990) combining the elements of wind and water.
The board itself is very much like a wakeboard, complete with foot straps or bindings. The kiteboarder controls the kite (similar to a parafoil) with a harness/handle connected by nylon lines. The board (and rider) are thus pulled by the kite over open water rather quickly. The greatest challenge is mastering control of both the kite in the air and the board on the water.
Kiting is one of the fastest-growing watersports in the US with dedicated communities springing up everywhere from Alaska to Florida.