General

The sport, very simply, combined surfing and kite-flying. As Paul said, you stood on a board and flew a kite, and the wind did the rest. Of course, there was more to it than that. The kite was actually a giant polyester wing - thirty feet across- which had to be inflated with a pump. It was connected to Alex by four lines, which clipped onto a rubber harness around his waist. There was the board, similar to a surf board but with four fins and twin tips, making it bidirectional. And finally there was the control bar, which he held in front of him. The mechanics were simple enough. The control bar was his steering wheel, which he could raise and lower, turn left and right. The rest was balance and nerve.

By james, June 18, 2012.

Found in Alex Rider, Ark Angel, authored by Anthony Horowitz.

General

After kite surfing Chad felt like his arms were several inches longer. The pull from that sail was tremendous, enough to yank him right off the ocean and into the air. He'd ache for sure tomorrow, but next Saturday he'd be back in his wetsuit. His legs would be jelly too, riding those waves was a blast but he sure had brace his muscles for each impact. Now it was time to pack the kite, he took his time, damage to this material meant the end of his fun and he wasn't about to let that happen.