The thought of learning to Kiteboard is pretty daunting to most newbies, being tied to a giant kite, being dragged out into open water and the thought of a load of dangerous kite lines to wrap yourself up in, would be enough to put anyone off. So the introduction of a Kiteboard simulator, called the KiteSim, allowing the novice kiter to hone their skills on dry land and giving the more proficient rider the option to attempt new tricks, will be welcomed with open arms.
The KiteSim has been four years in development from the initial concept stage and has been developed in conjunction with Frank & Frens design agency and TU-Delft. As well as enabling absolute beginners to experience the sport and learn and develop the basic skills to safely Kite, the KiteSim also allows the more proficient rider to select the perfect conditions to practice in (no matter what the weather outside is like) or, if they are feeling reckless, some harsh conditions to improve on.
There are 3 different versions of the KiteSim, a desktop version that allows you to practise from the comfort of your own home, an Occulus Rift model that offers a 3D kiting experience and a full frame version with forced feedback. The official KiteSim trailer can be seen below and the KiteSim website can be viewed here. Let us know if you think the KiteSim is a great tool to introduce novices to the sport of Kiteboarding or do you think the lack of a board is the simulators downfall?