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Power Kiting



What is power kiting?

A power kite (sometimes called traction kite as well) is a large kite designed to provide significant pull or/and lift. Power kiting is a recreational sport to use a power kite in conjunction with a vehicle, board, skis, or skates, which can be categorized in the following common forms:

  •     kitesurfing on a kiteboard
  •     kite buggying on 3-wheeled buggy/cart
  •     kite landboarding on an moutain/land board
  •     snowkiting on skis or snowboards
  •     kite skating on roller/ice skates

Our committee will mainly focus on kite buggying, kite landboarding, and kite surfing due to the weather and local terrain available to us. No experience is needed as long as you are interested. We normally would go to the beaches along Galveston or Freeport. Since this sport is very weather (wind) dependent, we can only broadcast the up-coming gathering several days before the weekend through emails. However, there will be several organized events each year at other locations of the country which we will join with other kiters.

A short video from DBBB 2014 at San Luis Pass!



Q1: I'm new, so where do I start?

A1: You would normally start practicing "static flying" a small (~2m) fixed bridle kite just to learn how to control a power kite. We will have these small kites for the new comers to try out before committing to this sport. Here is a good beginner tutorial

Q2: What are all these different kites?

A2: From the control's point of view, there are fixed bridle kite and depowered kite. From the construction of the kite's point of view, there are single skin foil kites, twin skin foil kites, and leading edge inflatable kites (LEI). We will explain the characteristics and common use of these different kites in details.

Q3: What safety equipment do I need?

A3: I highly recommend a helmet, such as a skateboard/ski helmet.  Eye protection, such as sunglasses, would be needed on bugging or landboarding. Knee pads and elbow pads would help too if landboarding.

Q4: How much will the equipment cost me?

A4: It depends. A beginner (2-3m) 4-line FB (fixed bridle) kites could be had for $150-200. A depowered kite could cost as little as $400 (used), and all the way to $2000. Power kiting is actually one of the cheapest recreational sports.


Kiting at SLP - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Event Date: 9May15 (Saturday) 11am-4pm
Event Location: SLP (See direction in the module below)
Contact Person: Mark Wang
Contact Email:

Description: Good wind this Saturday and a group of us will be at SLP for kite surfing and kite buggying. New kiters are welcome and I will have extra kites for you to learn on. Bring helmet and harness if you have your own.

Please check this post before you head out. I will update this post if we have to cancel it due to bad weather.

New Annoucement Module - Tuesday, October 15, 2013

It was suggested setting up a module so that the all members can post and let others know their planned kiting activities. So, here it is, and please follow the following format for clarity:


Event Date:
Event Location:
Contact Person:
Contact Email:




Wind Forecast




Kiting Spots

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