Kitesurfing is classified as an extreme sport, combining elements of surfing, paragliding, wakeboarding, and more, into a single sport involving the use of a large kite to propel the kiter standing on a small surf board.
Kites have been used since the 1800’s to propel people and transportation on snow, sand, and water. The 1970’s saw an increased interest in the use of kites for snow and water sports, and kitesurfing became popular after the invention of light, durable, rip-resistant fabrics in 1977.
Kitesurfing on Lake Tahoe
Today, Lake Tahoe has become a very popular spot for flatwater kitesurfing because of it’s weather, beauty, and reliable afternoon winds. Kiteforum.com lists Lake Tahoe as a flat, choppy water with small swells perfect for boost-off. Kings Beach offers blue water, amazing mountain scenery, and a small beach perfect for experienced or expert kitesurfers. There are hazards in the form of submerged rocks, boats, and swimmers, as the beach is a popular swimming spot for families. Use caution when launching. There is also a perfect grassy spot to blow up your kite, with only a short walk to the beach for launching.
Note: Because of the altitude, you may want to use a bigger kite to take advantage of the light winds.
Not experienced, but eager to try kitesurfing on Lake Tahoe before you invest in the gear? Several local companies offer lessons and equipment rentals, no experience required. They also sell a complete range of gear for when you fall in love with this amazing summer sport!