Using a larger 'depowerable' kite that will develop alot of power (5-15m), you can get pulled across water on a surfboard or small wake style board, sailing across the wind and upwind of where you started. It helps if these types of kite water relaunch, that way you feel confident even in deep water if you crash your kite. The most popular of these kites at present is the SLE (Supported Leading Edge) inflatable kite. The SLE does everything well, the water relaunch is very easy, power control is huge & allows precise handling of the kite. The SLE has better upwind ability to previous models & certainly is making kitesurfing/kiteboarding more accessible to more people. Innovation from 'Peter Lynn Kites' has now brought the next generation of Ram Air kites, that will water relaunch if used for Kitesurfing, and have a wide wind range, so one kite can be used in a wide variety of wind conditions. Being very robust they are perfect for landbased kiting also.
Kite sports & the Adventures that follow... Getting your first Power Kite, be it large or small, for whatever traction purpose is where the adventure begins. The uses are endless and only limited by the imagination. The popular ones include:
Landboarding- with or without a kite these Off Road Skateboards take you anywhere. Sand, Shingle, Grass or Dirt. Here in Christchurch with our prevailing onshore wind we're using them at the beach and local parks with small or large Power Kites. Downhill riding without a kite is also very popular.
Snowkiting on a Snowboard or Skis, or even to be pulled on a sled. Open flat snow covered areas here in Canterbury, or on the side of a snow covered hill (usually backcountry & not on skifields). In the right conditions using the kite to ascend the hill. In New Zealand snowkiting is very accessible with good winds in the Wanaka & Queenstown areas.
Buggying has a long history in NZ Power Kiting, invented by Peter Lynn in Ashburton (just up the road from us:-), & proving to be very popular with all ages. These three wheeled carts can go over pretty much any type of terrain, & vary in models...small or large kites work well.
Kayaks and Boats. Power kites are a realistic option to excellerate your ride downwind, even small kites work well on short lines. Kiteboats from 'Peter Lynn Kites' are another option that excellerate you upwind with ease, even in light winds. Currently the 'Kite Cat' is the main vessel being promoted by Peter Lynn Kites.
Roller Blades and Longboards. Used with small or large Power Kites these can be a huge amount of fun, especially if you like to go fast. Roller Blades with kites will go across hard grass easily, but Asphalt is fastest. Using kites with Longboards brings a whole new dimension to the sport.
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