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 :
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.