If you are travelling by plane and you say that you are carrying kitesurf equipment they will automatically charge you extra for your luggage. if you say kiteboarding....they will not charge you. The key word is "surf" anytime you say this word it signals red flags with the airlines and they will charge. Snowboards , wakeboards and kneeboards are free.
The last i flew i said kiteboards and almost, almost got billed extra coz the lady knew that kiteboarding and kitesurfing gear are one and the same.
Call what you do whatever you want but please,PLEASE when flying....cut the usage of the word Kitesurfing coz pretty soon all the airlines will make kitebaording equipment no different from windsurfing / surfing equipment and charge us. That will make travel more expensive.
When they ask what a kiteboard is: You say that it is simmilar to a snowboard but used in the water......If they say: Is it like a surfbaord....you say: No...it is like a kneeboard.....you use it in the water....If they say: Do you surf with it....You say: No, we use a kite to drag us like a wakeboard.
DO NOT USE THE WORD SURF.....hence Once flying: The sport we all do is called : KITEBOARDING.......Is that clear.
How about,,,personal sunshades,,like tents,,,lots o string to tye them down,,
and a small hand held shield for water ballon fights,,,your serious about beach activitys,,,its that ozone thing,,,your concerened about
One of the key factors in why the airlines charge for what they do has to do with durability. Surfboards and windsurfers can get damaged and be costly to repair and are typically very long. Kiteboards are durable like snowboards, golf clubs & skis so hopefully when they eventually make an official policy it will be free. I pretty much tell them golf clubs or snowboard and everything works out fine. I agree, avoid the surf word at all cost. I find it surprising that another poster said they charge for wakeboards, but I would never put it past them. Also you can use the sky cap and slip them a nice tip, they won't say a word and you don't have to lug you bag through line. If this isn't working pick the nicest ticket agent and be overly nice to them. This can't be stressed enough, it is totally up to the discression of the agent as to weather you get charged or not. I've gotten windsurfers and surfboards through for free this way. Let others go ahead of you if need be to avoid the hard ass agents.