Kite Skating is
an extreme sport using powerful, controllable kites to propel riders
of in-line skates, off-road skates or mountain boards at speeds
up to 60 mph across parking lots, desert dry lakes, grassy fields,
and sandy beaches.
Kite Skating originated around 1990 when sport kite enthusiasts
began Kite Skating (then called Rollerkiting) at festivals along
the eastern coast USA. In large parking lots, skaters used Rollerblades
and four-line controllable parafoil kites to provided a fast and
That was just before the kite buggy explosion. When buggies took
to the kite field, Kite Skating was left at the side lines. There
were few attempts of utilizing off-road treadmill skates to join
kite buggies on multi-terrain surfaces, but they proved to be awkward
and not well suited for speed.
Separated by terrain, skaters and buggiers would remain divided
until 1992 when Kite Skating pioneer Bob Childs built a pair of
off-road in-line skates using Rollerblade boots and scooter wheels
irreverently named the Wheels
Of Doom. Bob has been observed ripping across the deck at kite
traction events ever since.
Kite Skates were an unusual sight amongst buggies, but soon became
an accepted member of the kite traction family (perhaps an odd
cousin). Now Kite Skaters are sailing along with all other forms
of wind powered vehicles at events around the globe.
In recent years, Kite Skaters have been joined by ATB skateboard
riders. Kite Skateboarding daredevils use mountainboards to zip
around on multi-terrain surfaces perhaps at lesser speeds than
Kite Skaters, but kite skateboards have a greater ability for jump
If you would like to learn more about Kite Skating, the links
listed below provide information on building materials, professionally
manufactured off-road skates and mountainboards, and personal Kite
Skating web sites.
Learning to Kite Skate
- Quick Reference.
While learning to kite skate, it is crucial to spend enough time
learning to fly power kites so that you may comfortably focus your
attention on the unexpected situations that occur while kite skating.
This brief guide assumes the skater is already proficient at flying
Think First. Always wear safety gear,
kite skate in open fields free of obstacles or wind blocks, and
use care kite skating at high speeds or on bumpy terrain.
Step 1. Position the kite on the
ground at 45 degrees from straight downwind. Point the kite skate
wheels directly at the kite and launch. Tip for beginners: When
the kite first launches, it climbs through the most powerful part
of the wind window. When launching in high winds, it is best for
beginners to have a friend launch the kite or sit while launching
to avoid being overpowered. Launching while seated gives you leverage
against the power of the kite without pulling you off balance.
A slight dip of the kite into the power zone can lift you to a
standing position. From there you are ready to skate away.
|Sitting Launch: For beginners launching
alone in high wind only.
Step 2. As you start moving forward,
fly the kite out to the edge of the wind window and concentrate
on skating a line slightly upwind from the kite's position (10-20
degrees) thus increasing the power of the kite and your forward
speed. If you start slowing and becoming overpowered, turn the
skates slightly downwind toward the kite. If you become under powered
and the kite begins to sink, turn the skates slightly upwind away
from the kite. Focus on how much is enough and how much is too
Step 3. To turn around, fly the kite
to the top of the wind window and turn the skates slightly upwind
to slow down. Carve or "step turn" the skates in a downwind
direction. As you complete the turn, lower the kite in the new
direction and power up to speed.
Step 4. Stopping is the same as on
a buggy... fly the kite to the overhead position and turn the skates
upwind. The more aggressive the upwind angle, the faster you will
stop. "Parachuting" the kite (flying the kite to the opposite side
of the flying window) is a good way to control speed as long as
you are very careful not to get the kite too far behind you. You
don't want the kite to power-up while you are in this position.
You will then need to bring the kite overhead and skate upwind
Step 5. Advanced tricks such as big
air jumps and jump turns should only be attempted after a skater
is extremely proficient with kite skating basics. Use great care
in attempting high powered tricks.
For more information regarding
Kite Skating, Kite Skateboarding and Kite Skiing, check out these
Kite Skating - Official website of Doomwheels kite skater,
Bob Childs and the original kite powered, off-road, in-line skates...
the Wheels Of Doom! This site is filled with power kite movies,
slide shows, photo albums, articles, discussion forum, kite skating,
kite surfing, kite buggying, kite skiing.
Power Kite Forum - The most up-to-date and informative traction
kiting peer to peer resource. Have a question regarding kite
skating or kite traction sports? Something to brag about? Kiting
stories or a new web site? Buying or selling kiting gear? Use
this forum to get connected to the most extreme kiting personalities
on the web.
French kite skating enthusiasts introduce a patended new KiteSkate
for sale. Site in French and English features photos and technical
What do you get when you cross sand, skis, and a BIG kite? Skiting,
of course! Lots of pictures, kite videos, and tips!
- Off-road kiteboarding - Free kite videos, photos and information
about kiting with a 2-wheel board built especially for kiting
on turf and sand.
Windskating Skatesailing - Lots of tricks, over 100 free
movies, streetsurf chatline, full-control slideshow, lifestyle
photo gallery, message board, location index, virtual postcards.
Dutch kite skating site with pics.
kite skates- Fat-tire roller-skates for kite powered beach
riding. WARNING! You WILL get injured on these. Don't blame me!
Kite snowboarding web site with pics, movies, tips & tricks,
lesson and gear contacts.
Kite ATB -
Mountainboarding, Landboarding, Kiteboarding, KiteATB, whatever
you call it, this website is devoted to standing on an oversized
skateboard with big wheels and being pulled along by a huge kite.
Belgian kiteboarding team, with only landboarders. We do several
festivals in europe, check our pics and movies.
Information on using Kitewings with Dirtsurfers and ATBs. Site
contains set up information, photos, videos and an up-to-date diary.
Kites and Accessories:
Wind - The world's largest mail order kite store now carries
a full line of power foils and tube kites for land traction.
Sports - Land traction experts located in the midst of California
and Nevada's most popular dry lakes. Store owner Corey Jensen
will set you up with the perfect kite and tell some entertaining
tales in the process.
Kiteplace - offers the complete line of quality HQ Power
Kites and accessories, Peter Lynn Kite Buggys and parts, and
Nasa Wings from HQ and Sieger Kites.
Flexifoil International -
World class manufacturer of sport kites, power kites and buggies.
Site includes event calendar, instruction and photo gallery.
Kites - Dealer of power kites, kiteboarding gear, landboards
and landboarding gear.
Flying High Performance - High Performance Windsports: kites,
windsurfing, kite buggies, mountain boards, kite surfing, boomerangs,
Skimbat Wingsurfing -
Wingsurfing has become a natural sport to reach the young generation
and enthusiasts of extreme sports. Wingsurfing with a Skimbat is
an incredible feeling, it's something between flying, windsurfing
Skatewing is the new way to "move with the wind", all you need
is a pair of in-line skates and the Skatewing. Speeding along using
the power of the wind is the ultimate thrill.
NPW5 Traction Kites -
Sparless, chamberless, single deck power kites resembling the NASA
controllable parachute design. Purchase directly from the BuyNPW
Off-road Skates and
Makers of the Coyote off-road in-line skate.
Professionally manufactured all-terrain skates.
Two models of off-road in-line skates.
ATS - This well Rounded series of off-road, in-line skates
and all-terrain skateboards tame the outdoors.
TrailSkate all-terrain skates are designed to go over any type
of surface including asphalt, dirt, gravel, grass and mountain
trails. Hand-controlled hydraulic brakes located in the rear wheel
of each skate allow skaters to easily control speed and stop quickly
while maintaining a comfortable, balanced, upright body position.
Off-Road Skate and Rollercycle - Off Road skates: 8 wheels,
4 brakes, ski boots.
Multi Terrain Skates - Skorpion Skates combine contemporary
automotive design with unsurpassed stability and functionality.
Skorpion Skates are so stable and easy to balance on they can
be used by just about anybody, anywhere.
Supply Co. - Everything you will need to make your own off-road
in-line kite skates. Skate rails- part #8910K178, wheels and
tires- pages #1198-1199. Direct sales online, no minimums.
Tuff Wheels - Take a look through this site for a long list
of great all purpose wheels and accessories. Skyway's customer
service department will assist in selecting the right wheel,
but final purchase will need to involve your local bike dealer.
Wheels - All type of wheels for homemade kite skates etc.
Away Scooter Wheels - 12-1/2" x 2-1/4" Pneumatic with inner
tube and two bearings on lightweight polycarbonate rim. 1/2" axle,
2" hub width.
Mountain Boards - Manufacturer and distributor of all-terrain,
snowboard and mountainboard. Site includes pictures, bulletin
board, events, races, contest and more.
Boards - In the days before all terrain boards, when the
snow melted the ride ended. Today, all terrain boards make all
season carving on any hill a reality. A core group of individuals
currently works day and night to make this sport accessible to
people all over. Hyline All Terrain Boards is dedicated to manufacturing
quality all terrain boards at an affordable price.
Loko Freeboards -
Using pneumatic barrel shaped wheels, this versatile mountainboard
can traverse virtually any terrain from grass hills, concrete and
tarmac slopes, forest trails and dirt tracks to windy playing fields
and even indoor 3D balance boarding.
Two-wheeled, in-line, all-terrain, skateboard / dirtboard / grassboard
/ mountainboard - all in one. A cross between snowboarding and
Official Grassboard web site - Rollsurfing Funsprot GmbH
Shop in The Netherlands selling kite Boards.
Wheelz - Boards, wheels, trucks, bearings and risers for