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Kitesurfing Glossary

[How to understand the most in your first kitesurfing class]

You heard a lot about kitesurfing and decided to get started? Congratulations! This page will help you to get familiar with the slang of this new and exciting world.

This kiteboarding glossary helps you as a beginner in kitesurf to understand common terminologies of this sport. Below you find a small selection of basic expressions. Trust me, there are way more ;-)

Body Dragging

body movement in the water while using kite power to move through the water without the board

Chicken Loop

semi-flexible connection element between the pilot’s harness and the (control) bar

Control bar

or simply "bar": steering element used to control the kite during flight

Dive the kite

downward flight movement of the kite to generate power to perform a waterstart or gain more power and accelerate


following the same direction like the wind. More infos in the Wind Direction Guide.


spontaneous and significant increase of wind speed

Heelside edge

edge of the board where your feet face inward


valve used to inflate the kite

Intermediate zone

area of the wind window that is used to generate only controlled power in a certain direction

Leading edge

inflated front edge of the kite that always meets the wind first


flexible cord that connects the pilot with the safety line of the kite

Neutral zone

powerless area along the edge of the wind window

On-shore wind

Wind that blows onto the beach with 90º angle. More information can be found in the wind direction guide.

Off-shore wind

Wind that blows onto the sea with a 90º angle, away from the beach. More information can be found in the Wind Direction Guide.

Power zone

area within wind window downwind of pilot that will generate the greatest biggest amount of force


person flying the kite

Side-shore wind

also cross-shore: wind that blows parallel with beach and sea. More information can be found in the Wind Direction Guide.

Static zone

area in the wind window where kite remains still


edge of the board where your feet face outward, the edge closer to the toes

Trailing edge

back edge of the kite that can not be inflated

Twin Tip (board)

common type of symmetrical kiteboard 


riding straight against the wind source

Wind Window

whole area in which a kite can fly; always in relation to the current wind direction

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