Alternative Sports: Power Kiting KITE SKIING
Kite skiing can be accomplished on snow, land, or water. For snow skiing, conventional downhill skis and ski boots are used to travel over snowy hills, frozen lakes, or both. Kite waterskiing uses a variety of water skis to travel on rivers, lakes, or oceans, but this sport requires special apparel and a great deal of skill and planning to avoid getting marooned by a kite crash. Kite land skiing uses grass or sand skis to navigate across lawns, beaches, or deserts.
Kites can also be used to propel small boats, modified catamarans, participants on inline skates, or body surfers. Regardless of the medium participants travel through or the vehicle they travel on, the power of the kite gives them a sense of exhilaration and freedom not found in traditional sports. Every year technology furthers the power that kites can yield, and enthusiasts are ever more organized, with World Cup tournaments starting in the 1990s. Kiting is one of the fastestgrowing sports, with a wide range of styles of competition and leisure available.