Luff : once the air flow stalls around the kite. It might then stall and fall out from the sky. Like sails, a luffing kite has rippling and flapping panels. When launching the kite, if the kite is luffing, the particular rider should move farther upwind, or the person holding the kite should move downwind.

Kiteboarding is a seen as an mid to high intensity, yet freeriding can be actually a low strength practice like walking, and is generally done in long sessions of up to 2-3 slingshot kite hours. It is amenable to nearly all ages, at least from teenagers as much as 70 years old or more. 49 It could be seen as a supplement or a substitute for additional fitness practices.

Twin tip kiteboards (the majority of kiteboards) are designed to be bidirectional. When the rider wants to start the next add only the kite’s sailing direction should be reversed. The “stern” of the table now becomes the “bow”, therefore the feet can be kept in the footstraps. Since the windward edge of the panel doesn’t change sides, the conditions “jibing” or “tacking” are considerably of a misnomer. Falling into the drinking water is not a major problem, as even starting riders can quickly and fairly easily execute a water start using the kite to pull them out of the water. Nower days many kiters use directionals as well (all wave, racing and also foils). These need to be jibed or even tacked. This actually requires exercise. Full planing race jibes are usually almost as difficult as in windsurfing.

Underpowered: the condition of having inadequate power from the kite. Can be a consequence of insufficient wind, choosing a kite which is too small for the wind, rigging incorrectly, board too small, drinking water current in the same direction because the wind, not riding fast sufficient, etc . A rider who is constantly diving the kite and delivering it back up in a sine-wave design is usually underpowered.