Impact vests can be used for various water sports such as wakeboarding or kitesurfing. Should you fall hard into the water, you will at all times be well protected against the hard blow you may make on the water. However, there is a difference between a wakeboard impact vest and a kitesurfing impact vest. The protection of a wakeboard vest runs further down. A kitesurf vest or surf impact vest has the focus on the ribs and a trapeze should still be able to fall over your vest. As a result, these are just a bit shorter.