The Ultimate Book of Power Kiting and Kiteboarding

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The Ultimate Book of Power Kiting and Kiteboarding is your key to unlocking the mysteries of kite power. From buying your first kite to carving up the sand, sea, and snow, in a buggy or on a board-this book is dedicated to helping you maximize your kite-powered fun.
Power kiting has become a genuine extreme sport, with more sophisticated and powerful equipment available than ever before. This market is still growing, and the demand for even better equipment is a constant ...
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The Ultimate Book of Power Kiting and Kiteboarding is your key to unlocking the mysteries of kite power. From buying your first kite to carving up the sand, sea, and snow, in a buggy or on a board-this book is dedicated to helping you maximize your kite-powered fun.
Power kiting has become a genuine extreme sport, with more sophisticated and powerful equipment available than ever before. This market is still growing, and the demand for even better equipment is a constant element in the equation. In order to be safe and achieve the maximum possible skill level, a power kiter needs to know what the best and safest equipment on the market is, and how to use it. That is what this book is all about, and when you're done reading, you will walk away with a better knowledge of all aspects of one of the fastest-growing extreme sports in the world, from basic skills, to tricks, to products. So go on, get yourself a kite, find some wind, and get power kiting!


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592285679
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

JEREMY BOYCE is a freelance writer, journalist, and translator working almost exclusively in the field of traction kites and kite boarding. In 1997 he was signed up by Flexifoil International as part of the sport kite team AIRKRAFT (the 1995 World Cup winners), flying their Matrix delta-wing sport kite. Nowadays, he's more likely to be found at the end of a traction kite.
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Table of Contents

1 History 7
How it all began 7
What next? 7
Future perfect 10
2 Basics 13
What is power kiting all about? 15
Safety 16
Safety aids 17
Be aware of other people 17
Specific safety rules 19
Wind 19
The wind window 22
3 Two-line power kites for land use 25
Descriptions and uses 27
Set-up and pack-up procedure 30
How to launch, fly and land 32
Troubleshooting 37
Stacking 38
Skidding 40
Getting airs 41
4 The four-line concept 47
Quad-line power kites 51
Beginner quad-lines 52
High-performance quad-lines 54
Set-up and pack-up procedures 56
Flying the kites using independent handles 58
Flying 59
Landing 61
Re-launching and recovering the kite 62
Troubleshooting 64
Flying the kites on a control bar 64
Launching 65
Flying 66
Landing 67
5 Kite buggying 69
How to buggy 72
How to get your buggy moving 74
Essential buggying equipment 83
6 Other land-based activities 87
Kite landboarding 87
Snow kiting 94
Kiteskating and powered blading 102
Getting big airs with tricks and gymnastics 105
7 Kites for sea and surf 107
Inflatable bubble kites 110
Two- and four-line kites: The big difference 112
Kiteboards 114
Inflatable kites 118
The safety system 128
Learn kiteboarding from an accredited teacher or school 129
Starting up and riding 130
Attaching your board leash 132
Water start 132
Beach start 133
Changing direction 136
Water re-start 142
Basic rules for kiteboarding safety 148
Body surfing and dragging 151
Where to go 153
Clubs, societies and associations 154
Index 156
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