Windsport

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Land sailing

A windsport is any type of sport which involves wind-power, often involving a non-rigid airfoil such as a sail or a power kite. The activities can be land-based, on snow, on ice or on water. Windsport activity may be regulated in some countries by aviation/maritime authorities if they are likely to interfere with other activities. Local authorities may also regulate activity in certain areas, especially on crowded beaches and parks.

  • Ice boating - using a masted sail attached to a vessel with skates
  • Kite boating - sailing a boat in displacement or planing mode using a kite
  • Kite landboarding - using a power kite with a wheeled board while standing
  • Kite buggy - using a wheeled buggy with seats attached to a power kite
  • Kite flying - flight of a small airfoil by a standing ground operator using 1-4 flying lines
  • Kite jumping - brief acrobatic flight using a large kite
  • Kite skating - as for kite jumping but while using specialized skates
  • Kite surfing - using a surfboard attached to a power kite
  • Land sailing - a masted sail attached to a land vehicle - see also land yacht
  • Sailing - navigating a boat with sail attached to a mast
  • Snowkiting - skiing/snowboarding under the power of a kite
  • Windsurfing - sailing using a masted sail attached via a gimbal to a surfboard
  • Sail biking - using a power kite to pull a specialized bicycle (like land sailing)

Air sports[edit]

The following air sports are not classed as windsports because in these the participants actually leave the ground for long periods and many do not use the wind:

  • Gliding - use of vertically moving air to keep an aircraft aloft
  • Hang gliding - use of vertically moving air to keep aloft an aircraft with a flexible wing
  • Microlighting - flying a hang glider with an engine (also see ultralight aircraft)
  • Parachuting (skydiving) and base jumping - controlled descent of the operator under a large flexible canopy
  • Paragliding - soaring under a parachute canopy
  • Parasailing - hanging under a paraglider towed by a vehicle (boat, car, or snowmobile) in order to ascend (usually over water)
  • Air Ballooning - a balloon you ride which uses fire to go up and wind to stay afloat

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