Kiting is arguably one of the most environmental friendly families of sport
due to a number of reasons:
The equipment is simple is enough that it takes an average amount of
energy to fabricate them.
The equipment is small enough that one can walk with them, use a
bicycle trailer to bring them to the beaches, get on a bus or car pool with them.
Except for wind power, there is absolutely no other power source
needed (tow-boat, skidoo, jet-ski, helicopter, plane, etc.) to practice the
Kite sports do not pollute the environment like boat, jet-ski or skidoo do.
So once the equipment is made, there is no extra energy needed in the the
life time of the equipment (5 years for kites, 10 years for boards).
Furthermore, the practice of kite sports can lead to the promotion of the following
environmental friendly activities:
Kites can be used in the shipping industry to reduce oil and gas
Kites also can be use for land transportation especially in the snow country
The more we practice kiting, the more we understand the potential
of the power zone, the kite dynamics and can use that knowledge to create better
What you can do to help?
To help the environment, a kiter should do the following:
Minimize driving to kite at your local spots. If they are close
enough, walk there with your gears. If they are too far to walk, get a
used bicycle trailer (the standard one used to carry kids is fine) to tow all your gear to the beach.
I have seen some kiters cycling 5km or 10km to go kiting. If you
live too far to cycle, try to use the bus or car pool (if you have to
use a SUV to get to remote sites, make sure you car pool then it will be
less polluted than a regular car for 1 person).
Check out this interesting video of an ultimate bicycle trailer video
posted on Youtube.com. Fortunately you don't need one this big to
carry all your kiting gears.
Explore and check out new kiting spots close enough that you can walk or
Similarly when you are on vacation, try to stay close enough to
the kiting spots such that you can walk or bicycle there to kite (or
try to car pool).
Sell your old kites on the used market. Don't let your old
kites become forgotten in your garage.
Any other environmental tip for kiters?
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