So you’ve heard about this fascinating, fun and fulfilling water sport that’s taking over beaches across the world called kitesurfing, and are looking to get in on the action. If you’re a beginner and are not quite sure what kitesurfing is, then read on for a brief intro to kitesurfing so you know just what you’re getting into.
First things first… what is kitesurfing?
It’s a fun, complex and insane sport that is similar to wakeboarding or surfing. Basically, you use a board like a surfboard or wakeboard to surf in open water, and are powered by a kite to generate the pull that you need to surf in, over and out of waves, to pull off water tricks and so on.
Can anyone kitesurf?
Sure! The good news is that kitesurfing is possible for anyone aged between 10 – 85 years old, who is physically mobile. You don’t have to be extraordinarily fit in order to learn how to kitesurf – however, this is not a sport that can be learnt by trial and error on your own. You have to attend classes under the supervision of a qualified kitesurfing instructor. If you have prior experience with similar related sports, then it will be relatively easier to learn, but anyone will be able to learn, with good instruction.
Where can I find kitesurfing schools?
Since kitesurfing has kicked off, you’ll be able to find schools everywhere. Look for those that have instructors with International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) certification, which means that your lessons will be valid and recorded, which will let you rent gear anywhere in the world. Better yet, couple your kitesurfing adventure with a proper holiday to a location that offers unforgettable adventure and scenic beauty.
What about equipment?
If you are serious about kitesurfing, then it is wise to invest in some proper gear. If you’re just starting out though and want to dabble a bit, then you can rent your board, kite, harness and other equipment before deciding on making an actual purchase. Since there are so many different types of kites and boards to choose from, it is important to learn what’s best for you by training prior to purchasing, so you can spend wisely.
What’s a good kitesurfing spot in Asia?
There are several tourist spots all over the world that are famous for kitesurfing. However, if you’re a beginner, then you would want to start learning in a less crowded beach. Consider heading to Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka in between March and October for some incredible kitesurfing experiences. There are several excellent schools available here which teach you safety, rules and regulations on and off water, weather conditions, and how to set up your kite correctly and how to launch, land and fly the kite safely.
For accommodation options near kitesurfing schools in Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka, consider Dolphin Beach.