Here we are in Tarifa doing a spot of kitesurfing, but I was sent this video on kitesurfing’s near relation – landboarding, and thought it definitely worth sharing…
Landboarding does not look as fluid as its near relation – kitesurfing, and now the two sports are beginning to draw apart. Skilled kitesurfers are working on keeping their kite below 45 degrees to push their tricks, whilst landboarders are working on longer hangtime, which means a higher kite, to be able to carry out more tricks – successfully it seems.
Although landboarding does not look as elegant as, nor as stylish as kitesurfing, (forgive me please landboarders), it has just as dedicated a following. In fact, this fast-moving, fast-growing sport has several advantages over kitesurfing…
… it combines the best elements of all-terrain mountain boarding and traction kites. It can be done on grass, dirt, hard-packed sand, salt and mud flats. It can be done in all seasons. And if you hate the cold and wouldn’t dream of going anywhere near winter seas, then this is the sport for you.
It’s also a lot less costly than kitesurfing. Landboarding kit (the foil kite and mountainboard) can be less than half the price of its watery equivalent. Lessons can also be less than half the price, and the bonus is that you can be up and riding in as little time as two hours. However, the other side of the coin is that it’s much much harder on your body, your knees and your ankles. But, with practice, and a large slice of bravado, you will master the art of getting air, spin and, best of all, you will master the art of gliding in for soft landings.
You will also never have to worry about sharks, a definite plus for some!
It’s a fun sport and a great way to take advantage of the wind and wide open spaces of the great outdoors.
Whichever way one looks at it the use of traction kites is here to stay. Their versatility knows no bounds. Not only are they not limited to just water, they are now being used with kiteskiing and kitesnowboarding in the winter, kitebuggying and kitemountainboarding in every season, and kitesurfing whenever you want in whatever temperature and condition.
If you have a pair of skis, a mountainboard, or a snowboard, and you already kitesurf, making the transition to landboarding is really quite simple.
Two things to remember. Water offers more resistance than land, so if you are transferring from a kiteboard to a landboard you will need a smaller kite – one or possibly even two sizes smaller. And secondly, flying a traction kite can be dangerous. You are responsible for yourself and your kite at all times so think about where you are, what the conditions are, whether there are other people on the beach, dogs, etc etc! We do not want this sport to be curtailed more than it is already being. Be courteous and you will receive courtesy in return…