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Kiteboarding 101: Everything You Need to Know

A step-by-step guide to Silicon Valley's most popular extreme sport.

Control System

The control system is the handheld mechanism that allows you to control your kite, the steering wheel so to speak. "As a beginner," says Meyers, "you should always buy the kite control system that is designed to go with your kite." More experienced kiteboarders with a deeper knowledge of how control systems work sometimes choose to customize their gear, picking and choosing their favorites. But if you're just getting into the game, stick to your kite's specific control system.

"All control systems have center-line adjustability to help power up or depower the kite as well as a safety system designed to be a quick and easy way to get out of trouble if the need arises," says Meyers. "That's where the similarities end, however. Every brand has its own unique way to accomplish both, and it is very important that you understand with intricate detail how the one you choose works."

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