Kiteboarding has gone “Back to the Future”. Kiteboarding’s beginnings showed a fair amount of wakeboard boot use. Now after a dark age of strap use, kiteboarding is returning to its roots. The power required for top level tricks is helped by the positive foothold that only boots can provide and an assurance that your board will not fly off midair. It has also been speculated that the recent growth is related to the influx of new riders familiar with fixed board sports such as snowboarding or wakeboarding. Love them or hate them, but be prepared to pick a side at your next kiteboarder pow-wow.