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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.


Peter Trombetti is a former partner as Accenture, a leading consultancy firm in Rhode Island. At Accenture, he led 30 employees as head of the business development unit. In his free time, Peter Trombetti enjoys snowboarding. He previously skied but took up snowboarding about 10 years ago.

While skiing and snowboarding are the two most popular winter sports in America, these activities do not have as much in common as one might assume. Snowboarders are heavily strapped onto a single board with their feet facing sideways, while skiers stand on a pair of much smaller boards with their feet facing forward. While skiers are also bound to their equipment, it is much easier for skiers to step out of their bindings in an emergency situation. The most notable difference in terms of equipment is the fact that skiers hold two poles while going downhill, while snowboarders use their bodies to change direction and adjust speeds.

The terrain utilized by both sports is different, as well. Snowboarders primarily use a downhill slope or a snowboard park. Skiers and snowboarders will meet on downhill courses, but skiers can also take on far woodsier terrains. Some skiers even enjoy cross-country trails, which are essentially completely flat for several miles at a time. While the two sports take place on different parts of the mountain, injuries can be very common in both, and the best way to learn either sport is to take lessons from a professional instructor.