The Kiteboarding Manual

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Your complete practical guide to this fast-paced and addictive sport.

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Product Details

Part Number: SLG0042

Edition: 2023

ISBN: 9781399401296

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Imprint: Adlard Coles

Language: English

Author: Andy Gratwick

Format: Paperback

Kiteboarding has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, and interest is only set to increase with its inclusion in the 2024 Paris Olympics. In this book, Andy Gratwick (Head of Training for British Kitesports) gets you started with the kite and takes you through to flying it on the water, jumping, tricks and racing, as well as covering weather, wind and tide theory, and helping you select the right kit. Sections cover:

- The origins of kiteboarding and massive rise in popularity in recent years
- How a kite flies and basic weather principles as well as background on tides and currents, waves, and wind vs tide
- Getting started on land – LEI rigging, assembly, launching and flying, body-dragging
- How to master your board skills – turns, stopping, rules of the road
- Going upwind, riding toeside, turning and transition
- Moving fast and riding waves; learning to tack and gybe
- Details on all kiteboarding disciplines from speed kiting to kiting on land
- How to improve your performance and enjoy incredible airtime!

For this second edition there's a new chapter devoted to all things foiling, as well as new text on latest kit, more effective techniques, tips on higher jumps, and new photography throughout. Packed with step-by-step photo sequences explaining the basic moves all the way through to more advanced tricks, and including information on competitions and becoming an instructor, this is a book no kiter will want to be without.