Kitesurfing, also known as kiteboarding, has only achieved public recognition in the past few years, but it has obtained numerous followers from across the world. A type of water sport, kitesurfing saw its number of practitioners increase to more than 150,000 in less than a decade.
The activity requires a directional or bi-directional board, a large kite, a kite-control device, and safety gear. Individuals can purchase specialized kites, such as an inflatable kite, a framed single-skin kite, or a ram airfoil kite. The surfer stands on the board and uses the kite to move on the water. A difficult pastime, the athlete must control both the kite in the air and the board on the surface in order to successfully travel. More advanced kitesurfers can go upwind, jump, and perform other stunts.
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A partner with LCA Capital, Carlos Rohm guides Latin American families on global investments, as well as U.S. investors interested in investing in Mexico. In his spare time, Rohm goes kitesurfing.