small space for traveling convenience. Also desirable is the ability to re-launch off the groundwithout having to walk over to it, and the ability to 'depower' the kite during strong gusts of wind. All that adds up to one particular kind of kite. The parafoil, often abbreviated to just 'foil'. Foils areflexible, with an upper and lower surface when inflated. Openings at the front edge allow air inwhich pressurizes the kite and makes it behave like an aircraft wing. Most depowerable designshave 4 lines, which allow steering and also the 'angle of attack' to the wind which controls power.Like many modern kites of all types, rip-stop nylon is the most commonly used material for the sail. Pulling one end of the bar at a time steers the kite. Pulling both ends in towards your bodyincreases the pull of the kite, while letting the bar out decreases the pull of the kite. Foremergencies, some land kites have a quick-release mechanism to let you get rid of the kite in ahurry. The people who sell the kites can advise on how to get into the sport with the right gear. The Boards Many kite boarders use 'mountain boards' which are basically over-sized skateboards. The wheelsare pump-up rather than hard as on traditional roller skates or skate-boards. Since so manypeople are into these sports, there are many manufacturers all trying to get a piece of the action.That means more different kite board designs than you can poke a stick at! Even so, it's possible to make some very general statements about all these boards. Here's a fewreasons to consider the most expensive boards, if you can afford them... these boards are easier to use since they allow turning while traveling at lower speedsmost of them have 'active suspension', which is handy for doing jumps or going over rough groundcomposite construction is more expensive, but results in much lighter boards - important for kiting Other Kite Boarding Gear Did I say all you need is a land kite and a board or buggy? That's not quite true if you want apainless experience! Here's all the other bits of gear that complete the picture. a ground-stake to keep the kite tethered when you're not actually using ita wind meter so you know exactly what wind strength you are dealing withspare parts and repair tapetoolssafety equipment such as helmet, kneepads and elbow pads Conclusion - Where To Do Kite Boarding The best place to do land kite boarding is any large flat area with constant wind and noobstructions. However, with some care, any open space can be used. You just don't want yourselfor the kite to crash into anything. In particular, things to avoid include power cables, buildings andother people.