Go Fly a KiteboardO‘ahu

KITEBOARDING is a relatively new and rapidly growing water sport. Like windsurfing, it’s an extreme sport that requires wind, guts, the right equipment and a lot of practice. But once you’ve gotten the hang of it, it’s possible for an experienced boarder to take a flying leap off flat water and soar 40 feet in the air!

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The kiteboarder stands on a kiteboard— which looks like a small surfboard with straps—and is pulled across the water and into the air by a big kite. Sounds simple enough, but it takes a little practice to coordinate the moves. Some kiteboarding instructors say a three-day class will do. You’ll need some gear as well—a kite, board and control bars.