When listening to people talk about kiting, we hear a lot of different words like kiteboarding, kitesurfing and windsurfing. But what is the difference between kiteboarding vs kitesurfing vs windsurfing? Below we explain in more detail the difference between kiteboarding and kitesurfing and windsurfing.



Kiteboarding vs kitesurfing, what is what? Basically, kiteboarding groups all types of sports using a kite and board. Kitesurfing is a style or type of kiteboarding.



Anytime you have a kite and a board of any type, you would be kiteboarding. So if you go out with a twintip, a surfboard, a skimboard, or even on land with a mountain board or a snowboard, it is all considered kiteboarding, because you are using a kite and board. Kiteboarding is an extreme sport that combines aspects of sailing, surfing, windsurfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding and paragliding.



Kitesurfing is a type of kiteboarding. Kiteboarding groups all types of kiteboarding and kitesurfing is one of them. Kitesurfing is when you use a surfboard with your kite. You can either use it on flat water to go out freeriding or strapless freestyling, or you could decide to go ride some waves. Kitesurfing in the waves is next level amazing! When going out surfing, you spend most of your time paddling out to pass the break and waiting for your wave. When going out kitesurfing, you are using your kite to pass the break, so it takes only a second. Then, you don’t have to wait for the perfect waves, because you can just catch them all since you can speed past the break! You should really give a try to kitesurfing, you will have loads of fun!  Many people use kiteboarding and kitesurfing interchangeably, however not all kiteboarding is kitesurfing.  🙂



Windsurfing, also called Sailboarding, has a sail attached to a surfboard. With kiteboarding the kite is not attached to the board, whereas with windsurfing the sail is attached directly to the board.


Read Wikipedia for more detailed information on kiteboarding.