Here we will explain the difference between Windsurfing, Kiteboarding, and Kitesurfing. The constant steady wind conditions make the Outer Banks one of the best places in the world for kiteboarding and windsurfing!
Kiteboarding, the board is attached to your feet, like a snowboard. The sail is more like a parachute and it's also attached to your body via a harness. When kiteboarding the wind can lift you many feet into the air. "Kiteboarding" and "kitesurfing" are different names for the same sport. "Kiteboarding" is more widely used in the U.S. and the term "kitesurfing" is used commonly used outside the U.S. They both describe using a kite to pull you along on a board. Although, some may say "kitesurfing" is when you are riding an actual surfboard behind a kite.
Windsurfing, also called Sailboarding, has a sail attached to a surfboard. The difference is nothing is attached to you, if you fall you fall off. In windsurfing you glide across the water like a sailboat.