kitesurfing or kiteboarding is a surface water sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics into one extreme sport. A kitesurfer or kiteboarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water on a kiteboard similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard, with or without foot-straps or bindings.
The terms kiteboarding and kit esurfing are interchangeable. There are different styles of kiteboarding, including freestyle, freeride, downwinders, speed, co urse racing, wakestyle, jumping and wave-riding. In 2012, the number of kit and IKA at 1.5 million persons world wide  (pending review).