Kitesurfing is the latest craze to hit the world of extreme sports. While the sport may seem new to most people, its roots can be traced back in 14th century China, where kites where used to drag canoes at sea. Through the years, the concept has evolved until it became what it is to us now – kitesurfing. And just as the sport has evolved, so too has the equipment. If you are new to the sport, the first thing that you would then ask is – what kitesurfing gear do we need?
Enrolling in a kitesurfing school will tell you what gear you need. While learning on your own may be less expensive, things can better be understood when there is someone to teach you. Also, this is the chance for you to try on the equipment without having to buy them yet.
The first thing you'll need is some kitesurfing clothing. Most kitesurfers use wetsuits, as they protect the user from strong winds. This type of suit is most suitable during cold weather, as they keep the body warm. For warmer climates, shorter wet suits are used. Others use ordinary bathing suits and board shorts.
The key is to keep the clothes as thin as possible so that you wouldn't have a hard time putting other equipment like life vest and kite harness. More importantly, the clothes must protect the rider from the elements.
The kite is also another gear that you need. The kind of kite depends on the surfer's capacity. This may be of the inflatable type, or foil type. Inflatable kites have different aspect ratio fit for any type of kitesurfer. Lower aspect ratio means the kite is easier to fly.