With mountain boarding one of the fastest growing extreme sports, is was only a matter of time, before the board was teamed up with the kite as so eloquently shown here…
If you already kitesurf, making the transition to kite-mountainboarding is quite simple. A power kite can provide the energy to ride in parks, beaches, cross-country, or on a dry lake bed.
Remember that a mountain board is little more than an off road skate board with pneumatic tires, foot straps, and adjustable suspension for better ride and handling performance.
When kitesurfing you are using the power of the kite to keep you on top of the water. Water creates a drag on the board so more power, and therefore a bigger kite, is needed.
However, with kiteboarding you are supported by a hard surface, whether it be sand or grass, therefore less friction, and so getting going is much easier. This means that you will need a kite which is one size (or maybe two sizes) smaller.
Andy Wardley, pictured above, was one of the pioneers of kite landboarding He was among the first people to ride a mountain board under kite power back at the end of the last century (!) – 1999.
You change the tyre pressure depending on the surface you will be kiteboarding on: softer for sand, harder for grass. Softer tyres are also more forgiving on your body when riding on rougher terrain.
Here are some useful kiteboarding safety tips that should be thought about and remembered:
- Have fun and stay safe while riding by making sure to wear a helmet, gloves, elbow pads, knee pads, long pants and long sleeves while kite mountainboarding.
- If you wear your board-rider retention leash while riding; make certain it is fastened snugly above your lead leg’s knee pad to reduce the potential of knee injury from twisting your leg.
- Use caution at all times. Kite within your limits and stay away from picnic areas, or populated parks.
- Always scout (survey) your terrain prior to attempting to ride it. Watch out for hidden obstacles and unseen dangers. Point out hidden dangers to others.
- Always be aware of and respect all automobiles, cyclists and pedestrians. Be mindful of others especially moving cars.
- Use a lower tire pressure to slow your speed if just starting.
- Practice stopping techniques frequently by bringing the kite overhead slowly, or slightly past, to resist your forward movement.
- Recognize the distance required for these stops. Always practice your stopping technique even after you feel you know it.
- When riding with others – always yield to the other rider. If both riders yield, problems will be avoided.
- Observe and obey all posted signs. Only ride where permission is granted.
- Always respect your environment, tread lightly to preserve nature.
- Do not litter the parks with garbage.