Why should you give this adrenaline-charged sport a shot? “Kite boarding lets you experience the tricks of wakeboarding, the gliding sensation of parasailing, and the wave-riding of surfing, without requiring advanced skills or a lot of practice,” says John Arthur, chief instructor of Manta Water Sports in San Diego. Another bonus: All the gear you need, including the sail, board, harness, and helmet, can pack up neatly in a backpack. The only caveat is that you must take lessons with an experienced teacher first. “Your first instincts—like fighting back against the kite—are going to be wrong, so it can be dangerous to go out on your own as a beginner,” Arthur says.