Kitesurfing, also known as Kiteboarding, is an action sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, skateboarding and sailing into one extreme sport. A kiteboarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water, land or snow. On water, a kiteboard, similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard, with or without footstraps or bindings, is used, Kitesurfing is a style of kiteboarding specific to wave riding, which uses standard surfboards or boards shaped specifically fo the purpose. On land, a mountain board or footed steered buggy is used while skis or snowboards can be used in snow.
There are different styles of kiteboarding, including freestyle, freeride, speed, course racing, wakestyle, big air, park and surfing!
Nick Jacobson achieved the world record for the highest kite jump measured by WOO Sports on February 19, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa, during a session with 40-knot winds. Jacobson's jump reached 28.6 meters high, with an airtime of 8.5 seconds. Jesse Richman holds the record for hangtime at 22 seconds, set at Crissy Field in San Francisco, California