KITEBOARDING: BEYOND GLIDING OVER WATER

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The sport of kiteboarding can be practiced for personal enjoyment or at a competitive level; it consists of using the winds velocity to propel a kite that will glide you over water attached to a board.

EQUIPMENT
To practice this sport you will need one of the many existent types of boards such as: twin tip, directional board (run waves), course or race board (long distance), and foil board. The kite type will depend on the weight and wind velocity, in addition to, the proposed used. For example: learning kite, wave running kite, freestyle kite, and race kite. Kites are controlled with a bar that has four or five strings; the most used in Puerto Rico are the wave running kite and the freestyle kite. You will also need to use a belt to tie yourself to the kite and require less use of force with your hands. There are three types of armors: waist, chair (tied between your legs) or jacket. If you want to learn and join this dynamic sport, first you need to show control of skills of flying a kite in sand and afterwards you move to the water on the board.

EVALUATION OF THIS SPORT IN CONTESTS
In freestyle, the sport is evaluated in a 1-10 scale regarding the difficulty of the stunt, altitude (reached height) and style (seems effortless or easy). The course race and the boarder cross contests are not evaluated; the importance is the position obtained at the arrival point.

FLAG SIGNIFICANCE IN KITE
Various color Flags are used to indicate runners the beginning and the end of the event, among others.

RECOGNIZED IN KITE SPORT IN PUERTO RICO
Danny Álvarez (Guaynabo) sponsored by F-ONE
Iván Rodríguez (Guayama)
Paulo Díaz (San Juan)
Freddy Zamora (San Juan)