The Trapeze

The trapeze is an essential part of kitesurfing equipment and is used to control the angle of attack of the kite and to attach the safety leash.

Without a trapeze, the kite’s pulling forces could not be effectively controlled.

The bar’s chicken loop is hooked onto the trapeze hook.

Similar harnesses are also used in kite skiing, kite snowboarding and power kiting.

When it comes to kitesurfing, there are usually two main types of harnesses:

hip harnesses and seat harnesses, as well as hybrid forms.

The hip harness offers the rider greater freedom of movement and is therefore ideal for tricks.

However, there is a risk that it will slip easily and thereby impair wearing comfort.

The seat harness has leg straps and a seat, which can help beginners learn the sport. It offers more stability, but can be restrictive in some movements.

Another variant is the seated hip harness, which combines the advantages of both types of harness.

It offers freedom of movement like a hip harness and stability like a seat harness.


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Other important pieces of equipment include

  • A pump for inflating a tube kite.
  • A board leash to prevent the board from drifting after a fall. However, it is important to note that this can increase the risk of injury and should therefore only be used in conjunction with a helmet and impact vest.
  • A helmet to prevent injuries in the event of a fall.
  • An impact vest that offers protection both when hitting the water and when practicing new tricks.
  • Shoes to protect against cuts and for thermal insulation in cold water.
  • A pair of sports sunglasses to protect the eyes from glare from the sun and reflected light on the water surface.
  • A line knife to cut lines in an emergency.
  • A safety leash to separate yourself from the kite in an emergency.