The correct kiteboard terminology is like learning a new language. Every kiteboarder should at least know the basic Kiteboard Terminology because it is the vocabulary of our sport. This is essential in order for us to communicate the basic ideas and concepts to each other. Here is a list of the basic kiteboard terminology every kiter should know.
Aerial – Any trick done in the air
Backstall – When the kite falls backwards, stall
Chicken loop – the loop that connects the harness to the kitebar
Danger Zone – the area where you can get hit with the kite
Drop zone – the area where the kite can fall, the floor of the WW
Edge – to angle the board in the water
Edge of window – the edge of the wind window with the least power.
Fly away – a loose kite
Front Roll – a spin rotating in the direction of travel
Grab – to grab the board during a jump
Hot launch – to launch in the middle of the power zone
Inside lines – the lines that go from the middle of the bar to the front of the kite.
Outside lines – the lies that go from the outside of the bar to the back of the kite
Power zone = the middle of the wind window
Quick release – a device used to release the equipment quickly
Reach – to ride across the wind
Sheet in – to pull the bar towards you
Sheet out – to push the bar away
Stopper ball – a device to stop the bar sliding too far up the lines
Trim line – the thick sliding line through the center of the bar.
Underpowered – to have a kite that is too small for the wind conditions
Venturi – wind funneling between two objects and getting stronger
Wind Window – the area where the kite can fly
Xray – what you need after a big wipeout
Zenith – The top of the wind window