Since its arrival in the late 1980s, kiteboarding has gained popularity among water sports enthusiasts, including a large contingent on the Cape and Islands. It’s a sport that relies on the winds: Riders are harnessed to a large inflatable kite that is controlled by executing technical body shifts while strapped to a board, similar to a wakeboard or surfboard.
In the process, kiteboarders cut through waves at speeds of up to 30 knots and perform 30-foot jumps. In July, says Eric Gustafson of Wellfleet’s Fun Seekers of Cape Cod, “The southwestern thermal winds that Cape Cod is known for make Nantucket Sound, from Falmouth to Chatham, the ideal kiteboarding spot.” If you’re interested in giving it a shot, visit funseekers.org. If you’d rather stay on the beach, you can watch the sport’s skilled athletes cruise along the horizon as the summer winds blow.