Kite Surfing

The Real Reason Kiteboarding Will Become An Olympic Sport.


2012 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting Stresa, Italy

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has confirmed the final event and equipment selections for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. The ISAF Council voted that Kiteboarding will replace windsurfing for the men's and women's board events and confirmed that sharks will be used to chase the kiteborders around the course.

"Kiteboarding has proven to us that it is ready to be included into the list of prestigious ISAF Events and it is a fantastic addition to the sailing programme for the 2016 Olympic Games. We expect to see many feeding frenzies caused by kiters lines becoming entangled. Who said sailing isn't a blood sport?"

See Miguel, even the ISAF considers Kiteboarding to be sailing.

Yes Virginia, There Is A Sport Called Kite Sailing.

Read Ben Hilke's article, from SailNet, "The World of Kite Sailing."
Really, I thought that it was called Kitesurfing or Kiteboarding?
Kiteboarding is a generic term.


Kitesurfing is done in the surf on waves. 

Kite Sailing is sailing across a body of water....up wind, downwind and reaching.

Kayakers Kite Sail also!

Read Tom Holtey's article, "Go Sail a Kite," over at

Para Miguelito:

1. a sheet of canvas or other fabric, spread on rigging to catch the wind and move a ship over water
2. a voyage on such a ship: a relaxing sail across the lake
3. a ship or ships with sails: to travel by sail
4. one of the revolving arms of a windmill
5. set sail to begin a voyage by water
6. under sail
a. under way
b. with sail hoisted

Collins Essential English Dictionary 2nd Edition 2006 © HarperCollins Publishers 2004, 2006

noun 1. sheet, canvas

Collins Essential Thesaurus 2nd Edition 2006 © HarperCollins Publishers 2005, 2006

1.sail - a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
2. sail - an ocean trip taken for pleasure cruise
3. sail - any structure that resembles a sail

2003-2008 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

n sail [seil]
1 a sheet of strong cloth spread to catch the wind, by which a ship is driven forward.
2 a journey in a ship a sail in his yacht; a week's sail to the island.
3 an arm of a windmill.

Kernerman English Learner’s Dictionary © 1986-2008 K Dictionaries Ltd and partners.

Middle English, from Old English segl; akin to Old High German segal sail
Date: before 12th century
1 a (1): an extent of fabric (as canvas) by means of which wind is used to propel a ship through water (2): the sails of a ship bplural usually sail : a ship equipped with sails
2: an extent of fabric used in propelling a wind-driven vehicle (as an iceboat)
3: something that resembles a sail ; especially : a streamlined conning tower on a submarine
4: a passage by a sailing craft : cruise

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.

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