The enormous wind sail that pulled the vessel, a 3,000 sq-ft traction kite, was designed by KiteShip of Martinez, Calif.

While some flyers maneuvered single, double, and even four-line kites, others rode kite buggies able to travel over 70 mph, kite boards that skim the waves at 51 mph, and kite boats that sail at 35 mph.