Fly-surfing is a combination of surfing and paragliding which allows you to skim over the waves and fly high above the sea, as well as doing flips, jumps and acrobatics at top speed. It is a relatively new sport. Kite-surfing or fly-surfing began in the late 1980s. It is enjoyed all over world and is ideal for adrenalin addicts, and as a result has gained an increasing number of followers from among the windsurfing community. Windsurfers have replaced the sail and mast, which provide the point of traction that enables them to sail, with a large-sized kite, making this a truly spectacular sport. Once lifted by the force of the wind, the surfer and board are literally dragged over the water, while the surfer tries to stay balanced. The surfer holds on to two ropes with both hands, which connect to the point of traction, and are also used to adjust the slant and direction of the kite. The board, which is shaped like a mono-ski, but shorter and narrower than normal boards, gives surfers greater air resistance and allows them to make rotations and turns at surprisingly high speeds. Summer is the best season to enjoy this sport. It is prohibited in certain areas of the Catalan coast, since it is practiced very close to the beach. You also have to be in good physical shape; otherwise there is a risk of neck and back injuries. Catalonia has some the best beaches for practicing this sport and there are many companies which have joined the trend. One area popular with fly-surfers is Sant Pere Pescador (on the Costa Brava coast), and this is also the location of the Flyworks school, open from April to October. It provides equipment and specialist instruction.