Without going back too far in history, it is certainly worth mentioning the British teacher and inventor George Pocock, who in 1826 patented the "Charvolant", a carriage moved by two kites. The tests of his "flying carriage" are flattering, with some passengers on board traveling at around 30 km/h on roads that are certainly not those of today, it goes even faster than the postal carriage, which at the time was very fast: but the patent of Pocock, however brilliant, has not followed. Today, sensations similar to those of the "Charvolant" are experienced by those who dedicate themselves to the kite buggy, where a three-wheeled vehicle is driven by a sail and by the wind.
How kitesurfing came about
They think of a new way to exploit the strength of Eolo and their choice falls on the kite.
Kitesurfing in United States of America
Today the Global Kitesports Association divides the races into four categories, kite-surfing, freestyle, parkstyle and racing, but if you want the disciplines there are even more. From the most competitive ones, such as the speed specialty, which is practiced on asymmetrical carbon boards on 250 or 500 metre courses where the objective is simply to go faster than the others, to others that are more relaxing, such as freeriding, or moving gently around the sea, helped only by the wind that blows up our kite.
Where to practice kitesurfing
In Italy? In our area there are about 30,000 practitioners, and they are spoilt for choice: between Castiglione della Pescaia in Tuscany, Porto Pollo in Sardinia, the Stagnone - between Marsala and Trapani, in Sicily - without forgetting Vieste and Porto Cesareo in Puglia, or even the fresh water, perhaps on Lake Como. The spots suitable for kitesurfing in the Peninsula are everywhere.