Kitesurfing or Kiteboarding?
This subtle difference has had several implications in the bureaucratic categorization of the sport. Should kiteboarding be ruled under World Sailing (WS), or should kitesurfing be under the International Surfing Association (ISA) umbrella?
The truth is that kiteboarding/kitesurfing ended up falling into World Sailing's governance. But there are increasingly discontent voices who suggest a third way - the creation of a globally recognized kite sports association, which could address the specific needs of all water and land disciplines.
In fact, the sport of riding kites has many diverse disciplines, and that doesn't help the cause of finding an official name for the pastime. While the course racing, slalom, and speed disciplines support the kiteboarding foundation, waves, big air and freestyle are closer to the kitesurfing enthusiasts.
From a purely statistical point-of-view, the term kiteboarding is more popular in the United States, Canada, Argentina, France, and the Czech Republic, while kitesurfing remains the favorite designation in Brazil, Europe, Middle East, Russia, India, and Oceania.
One thing's for sure: the sport itself combines components of sailing, surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and even paragliding, so there should not be one single name for it.
Whether you call it kiteboarding or kitesurfing, it will always be a colorful, exhilarating, highly versatile, and challenging sport that attracts wave riding and wind speed fanatics alike.
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