A sport that teaches you to fly: what snowkiting is and how to start practicing it

Snowkiting is one of the most unusual winter sports that is becoming increasingly popular in Russia: it is chosen by skiers, boarders, kiters and extreme sports enthusiasts. The Challenger spoke with Artyom Garashchenko, four-time world champion and six-time Russian champion in snowkiting, and found out where to start if you decided to become a snowkeeper.

Snowkiting is a rather young sport: the first kiters appeared in Russia in 1999, and snowkiters - in 2001 . Entertainment combines air and snow extreme. Classes are held on a snow cover using a towing kite - kite, as well as skiing or snowboarding.

The wind gets into the kite and creates traction. In this way, you can snowboard or ski on snowy lakes, mountains and fields at a speed of more than 70 km / h, make long jumps.

To do this, you must definitely unlearn in a professional kite school. If you know how to ski or snowboard, the training will take about eight hours. If you do not ride, the duration of training increases to nine to ten hours.

Snowkiting seems like a simple sport, but only schooling ensures that the first steps will be easy and safe. Self-education is a bad idea for such a sport. For example, the first Russian kiters studied for six months only to get used to the board.

Beginners will need a snowboard, mountain or regular skis, special clothes and a helmet. Other attributes - kite, control bar and pump - are issued at school.

Kites are inflatable and parafoils ( frameless, inflated through the air intakes by a free flow of air) , the latter belong to a specialized projectile for racing. Inflatable - universal, they can be used in the summer.

Choose your ski area carefully :

  • check that there are no power lines , roads or trees nearby;
  • the space must be open for at least two kilometers. Such a distance is required for the wind to level out. The more space is open, the better, so most choose fields or frozen ponds for snowkiting;
  • pay attention to wind conditions - minimum wind speed should be 3-4 m / s, maximum - 15 m / s.

    You can track the dynamics and indicators of wind through an application, for example W139ndy A118136. With it, you can find the main kite spots - they are marked on the map.

In Moscow, only snowkiting is involved in the winter season, you can keep fit in the summer by riding on the water.

Any person who has no health contraindications can engage in snowkiting. Children can study from 9 years old, for adults there are no restrictions.

There are kiters who come to school at 60-70 years old. Overweight is also not an obstacle - just take a kite with a larger area to create b o less traction.

  • Kite- School "Snowkite. Russia"
    Where: Skolkovo sh. , 26, bldg.

    Site: snowkite. Russian Federation
    Cost: from 10,000 in 4 hours to 40,000 rubles in 10 hours.

  • Training center "Sailing Academy"
    Where: Kutuzovsky pr. 36, bldg. 3, floor 3, office 312
    Website: opensai210ng.

    Cost: individual lesson - from 4500 rubles, group - from 6200 rubles.

  • Kite School Wind-Extr215e
    Where: st. Sinyavinskaya, 11
    Website: www. wind-extr228e. com
    Cost: basic course - 9000 rubles, full - 12 000 rubles.

  • Kite School KiteClass
    Where: st. Isakovsky, 33
    Website: www. kiteclass. ru
    Cost: group lesson - from 2000 rubles, individual - from 3000 rubles.
  • School of snowkiting and windsurfing "School of the wind"
    Where: Stroginskoe highway, ow.

    Website: windschool. ru
    Cost: the first hour of classes - 1900 rubles, then - from 1600 rubles.

  • Be sure to take training in kite school.
  • Start in the winter - it will be easier to learn.
  • Don't be afraid to try something new - it's always cool and interesting.



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