American Kite Surfing Association Profiles Kickers and Sliders

Kickers and Sliders offer a high adrenaline new discipline to . Ramps and rails are built and securely placed in the water. They are used to slide up or along and can be combined with freestyle. If they are not kite surfed correctly they can seriously harm the surfer or damage their kit, so helmets must be worn and surfers must unhook (without a leash) as they are attempting this feat. This side of the sport is for advanced kite surfers and is taking the sport in the direction of skateboarding.

This dramatic interest in the athletically demanding sport has given AKSA founders encouragement about the value of their newly founded organization. Logan Long, co-founder of the association was not surprised by the results; "It's just simply the biggest adrenaline rush available. The combination of air, water, land, wind power, physical strength and balance the force of nature are the qualities that attract Kite Surfers."

American Kite Surfing Association is the leading organization for kite surfers in North America. Founded in 2006 by two extreme sport enthusiasts, membership is anticipated to exceed 30,000 before the end of the year. The purpose of the enterprise is to bring heightened awareness to this fast-growing, dynamic, and fun sport. A vast array of information, products, and techniques are available to the visitors of the AKSA website, After more than a decade of popularity through Europe and Australia, active North American extreme sport athletes are recognizing the maximum adrenaline rush through kite surfing. According to Cathi Long, co-founder of AKSA, "The exhilaration of hang time in kite surfing is unbeatable...kite surfers are simply the sexiest athletes." AKSA will select 50 leading industry product manufacturers to highlight and profile throughout an extensive national media outreach campaign.

Cathi Long
Executive VP
American Kite Surfing Association

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