The equestrian experience of horse surfing

May 22, 2013 | Surfing
Horse surfing: riding horses and riding waves | Photo: Antoine Quinquis/

Horseboarding is the modern version of chariot racing that promises to pump extreme hearts and classic horse lovers.

They say taking off is the hardest part. Please welcome the world of horseboarding, where horsepower is, in fact, the power output of a horse. Not a jet ski.

Horseboarding can be enjoyed both in the water of oceans and rivers, and in countryside race tracks. If you live by the sea, grab a surfboard, kite board, wake board or skim board and prepare to speed up to the 40 miles per hour (40 km/h).

If you live surrounded by green fields, make sure you get the official four-wheeled skate, and learn how to dominate the riding techniques by enrolling in a horseboarding course.

The horseboarding industry is slowly but steadily building. There are already multiple world championships, magazines and competitive teams. In 2005, Daniel Fowler-Prime and Matt Smith were the first in the world to tow a kite board behind a horse. The outdoor activity was named horse surfing.

Horse surfing competitions have rules. A maximum length of 250 meters for the course, four disciplines, safety procedures, video analysis, judgment criteria, etc. A tow rope connects the water rider and the horse rider.

The surfer can pull tricks, similar to those seen in kiteboarding and wakeboarding. Are you ready to try it?

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