Posts Tagged ‘Kiteboarding’

A relatively new water sport, kiteboarding combines elements of snowboarding, skateboarding, windsurfing, wakeboarding, and kite flying. By using special kites, kiteboarders can maneuver their boards through the water and air, as well as over the land. As the managing partner of Oficio Group, company founder Peter Trombetti oversees all aspects of the organization’s business development, recruitment, and sales. Outside of work, Peter Trombetti maintains an active lifestyle that includes a recent foray into kiteboarding.

Since kiteboarding requires the ability to handle and maneuver a kite, kite flying on land in moderate winds is often an initial step for learning how to do it. After familiarization with a kite on land, aspiring kiteboarders can acquaint themselves with basic maneuvers along the beach and within the water. Practicing how to skid on the beach under the power of a kiteboarding kite serves as a good way to learn balance while experiencing the kite’s force. Allowing a kite to pull one across the water enables him to learn how to control it, should he fall off his board in the water.

Once the basics are learned, beginners must become accustomed to flying with a harness before finally moving into the water to practice things like maintaining speed and travelling upwind, let alone tricks. It is typically suggested that people who are new to kiteboarding take lessons from qualified instructors. It is also important that beginners not rush into the water. Learning the proper drills on land will help elevate the level of kite control precision and accelerate learning within the water.

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As founder and managing partner of Oficio Group in Rhode Island, Peter Trombetti finds employment for military and engineering talent in midmanagement- and executive-level positions with logistics companies, manufacturers, and distributors nationwide. Prior to Oficio Group, Peter Trombetti served for many years at Accenture and oversaw the company’s business development unit. When not working, Peter Trombetti enjoys participating in a number of outdoor sports including golf, snowboarding, and kiteboarding, which he is in the process of learning. Here is a brief overview of the sport of kiteboarding.

Originally conceived as an idea for a sport in the 1960s, kiteboarding is rapidly gaining popularity among adults and young people. Officially established as a sport in 1984 by brothers Dominique and Bruno Legaignoux, the sport of kiteboarding involves using a large kite, a board, and lines that connect the rider to the kite. The power of the kite is controlled by the rider through steering and sheeting, while the board enables the rider to translate the power of the kite into motion.

There are several types of boards used in kiteboarding. A twin-tip is a light board that is ideal for freestyling and wakestyle. With its ability to be ridden in both directions, twin-tips are a popular board choice among riders. Alternatively, a surfboard is a board that is ridden in one direction and is specifically designed for waves. Lastly, a snowboard is similar to a twin-tip except that it is designed specifically for snow.