Kitesurfing or Kiteboarding: an adventure surface water sport that combes wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, snowboarding, skydiving, parachuting and paragliding into one amazing extreme sport. Kitesurfing harnesses the power of the wind to propel a rider across the water on a some sort of board.
The boards range from kiteboards, wakeboards, surfboard, snowboards, mountain or landboards (large skateboards with oversized wheels), race boards, or hydrofoils.
The terms kiteboarding and kitesurfing are farily interchangeable. The term kiteboarding is used more commonly in the US where kitesurfing is more directed to the surf-style of the sport. There are a number of different styles of kiteboarding, including freestyle (most common and utilizes standard kite and board) or wake-style (flatter water using board with bindings) and wave-riding which is focused on big waves using a board designed for wave riding.
Kiteboarding can be performed on water, snow or land. A kitesurfer or kiteboarder uses a board with or without foot-straps or bindings, combined with the power of a large controllable kite to propel the rider and the board across the water. Riding styles have evolved to suit riders and conditions, such as wakestyle, waveriding, freestyle, freeride, jumping, and cruising.