The dictionary on kitesurfing gives the definition of all the technical terms related to kitesurfing. It is also a glossary that translates the English vocabulary in French kiteboard. Technical terms are explained in detail for a beginner to start kiteboarding in good conditions. It is a practical lexicon to watch again and again as soon as you lack a vocabulary word.

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largue -  Allure 3/4 arrière, plus près du travers que du vent arrière
larguer -  Déclencher le système de sécurité de l'aile pour qu'elle perde toute sa puissance
Larks head -  Knot used for attaching flying lines.
Lattes -  Ce sont les boudins gonflables perpendiculaire au bord d'attaque. Quelques ailes sont équipées de lattes rigides, parfois en carbone, aux extrémités des oreilles. Sorte de petit tube d’air qui permet de rigidifier l'aile
Lay line -  An imaginary course on which you can sail directly to your target without tacking.
Leader Lines -  Short thicker lines from the control bar to the flying lines. Used to keep the kiters fingers away from the flying lines.
Leading edge, LE -  The windward side of the kite, (the forward edge that the wind hits first).
leash -  Laisse en français, elle relie le rider à son aile et lui permet de ne pas perdre l'aile lorsqu’il a largué ou qu'il est déhooké. Il est aussi utilisé pour accrocher sa planche à son harnais, ce qui est vivement déconseillé.
Leech Line -  This is a line that runs inside the trailing edge of the kite to prevent vibrations and noise
Leeward -  The direction away from the wind. Opposite of windward.
LEI -  Abbreviated for leading edge inflatable. These kiteboarding kites have a hollow tube framing containing a bladder that is pumped full of air to give the kite its shape.
Lift -  When flying, a kite generates lift or upward force like an airplane wing. Lift is proportional to the square of the apparent wind velocity.
lift -  Ascenseur en français, c’est le pouvoir ascensionnel d'une aile. C'est aussi la sustentation
Lift-to-drag ratio, L/D, LDR -  A measure of the efficiency of a kite. High L/D means the kite has a high top speed and flies at a greater angle to the wind, which results most noticeably in sailing more upwind (to windward) and faster possible board speeds. Kites are not as efficient as sails, their L/D rarely exceeds 4.0 while a good yacht sail manages 10 and sailplanes (gliders) get over 50.
light wind -  En français vent léger. Il faudra une grosse aile pour naviguer
ligne -  Bout (fil) très fin qui relie l'aile à la barre
Line Set (LINES) -  This refers to the flying lines or strings which are used to control the kite.
Locked in -  Sailing along with the kite is remaining stationary in the sky relative to the rider - not moving the kite around but just letting it fly steadily.
lofer -  Se rapprocher de l'axe du vent et donc ralentir
Lofted -  To get lifted vertically into the air by the kite by a strong gust of wind. A very dangerous occurrence that has resulted in several fatalities when kiters on or near land have been dragged into obstacles. Modern depower technology has greatly helped reduced these occurrences, however special heed should always be paid to variable wind conditions.
loop -  Rotation complète en l'air, en avant (frontloop) en arrière (backloop).
low front mobe -  front mobe avec l'aile très basse tout le long du trick et le passage de barre qui se fait au moment de la réception
Luff -  When the air flow stalls around the kite. It may then stall and fall out of the sky. Like sails, a luffing kite has rippling and flapping panels. When launching the kite, if the kite is luffing, the rider should move farther upwind, or the person holding the kite should move downwind.
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