This is an idea I have been intrigued by for some time. I have never kited, but I have always wanted to. Once I got into SUP, the desire to try and ad that element to it just seemed to make sense. In this video, he appears to be using a standard kite. Down below, I have included some information on a Kite that was designed specifically for use with a Stand Up Paddle Board. In the end, its all about the glide. This is just another route to take to get there.
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Winds ranging 6 to 12 knots are really difficult to exploit and gear like foils can maybe help you ride but are not that easy to use. Riding a SUP with a kite is great. In fact, feeling this big board taking off and floating above the water is really cool. Jibes provide a great feeling because they are done unhooked with constant pressure, much like doing a bottom turn. Most of the riding on a SUP is easily done unhooked and strapless, techniques that are reserved only to advanced kiteboarders. Cruising and long distances are also a possibility especially during summer when it is sunny and warm, including all the tricks such as going backwards and doing 360s on the board and many others. For a kitesurfer, this is the board and the kite for summer months with the advantages of also being able to practice SUP separately… This new concept has two sides: it can either be thought of as a hobby or a more radical sport.
Manufacturer: F-One Kites