Kitesurfing terms

Kiteboarding terms


Air time

The duration of a jump. Can be as short as a few seconds, but can be in the double-digit seconds range under ideal conditions.


Aspect ratio

The ratio between width and height of the kite varies depending on the kite type between high aspect ratio of 6.0 and low aspect ratio of 3.0.



The inflatable plastic tube in the tubes of the kite, inflated before takeoff. The pressure depends on the ambient temperature and water temperature.


C-kite feeling

Advantages of the C-Kite’s direct control behavior and low holding forces, tried to be transferred to newer models.


High end

Property of a kite to offer good pulling power in strong winds and still be controllable.


Low end

The ability of a kite to develop pulling power in little wind and to be easy to control.


Leading Edge

The leading edge of the kite, the front edge, contains the front tube on tube kites.


Trailing Edge

The trailing edge of the kite, the opposite of the leading edge, is reinforced to prevent stretching of the material and improve flight characteristics.


New school

Repertoire of tricks from wakeboarding where the kite is ridden unhooked.


Old school

The classic kitesurfing where the rider is hooked.


Projected area

The aerodynamically effective surface of the kite cloth, which is blown by the wind.



The stall of the kite when too little wind flows over its profile and it loses its pulling power.



Discipline that combines kitesurfing with surfing, the kite influences the surfer on the wave as little as possible.



Discipline in which wakeboarding tricks are performed on the kiteboard, usually unhooked.


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