Perhaps you've seen kitesurfing exhibitions on TV, or saw some pictures of it in the internet, and found it to be very interesting. And like many others, you want to know where you can actually learn the sport. Luckily, there are more kitesurfing locations than you think. And because the rise of its popularity is phenomenal, their number is steadily increasing. So where are these kitesurfingplaces and how do you get there?
Basically any windy place with large open seas or bodies of water can be a kitesurfing location. That is why it is not confined to tropical places or coastal states. Beaches are not the only venues, as it may be done on large lakes and some rivers. As long as there are steady winds and a wide space with water, kitesurfing can be done.
Some websites contain a list of some of the best kitesurfing locations in the world. Aside from North and South America, there are several kitesurfing sites in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, and even in far countries in Asia and Africa.
Because the kitesurfing phenomenon is all over the world, there's a big chance that a kitesurfing school or club operates in your area, wherever that is. And if you move to another state or city, chances are you can still find a kitesurfing club that you can join in. This makes kitesurfing a great sport to get serious with, unlike other sports like skiing which you can only do in specific areas.
Another good thing about kitesurfing is that it can be done all year round, for some areas. So if its' the winter season in your place, which makes kitesurfing a bad idea, and decide to go on vacation in some sunny place, you can still enjoy the sport there. Also, riding in these places where the winds are not as cold as those in your place will make you enjoy the sport better. These resorts and vacation hotels provide kitesurfing lessons and equipment rental for the beginners.
But before you take on these courses, check first if the kitesurfing school has the needed permit to operate the same in that area. Be wary of schools which do not have this, as they might be having some safety problems which would then explain why they don't have it in the first place. Or it could be that the sport is banned in the area.
In choosing the location, be sure to find one with written guidelines and safety rules. Or if state law requires these operators to observe a certain code, see if these are complied with. Take note that there are some places where it may be banned or restricted, maybe because of some safety lapses or accidents in the past. So make sure to do your homework before taking the first flight out.
There are many kitesurfing locations around the world. So if you plan of taking kitesurfing lessons, take the course in some resort in Asia or South Africa, for example, where lessons are relatively cheaper. But be sure to observe all safety measures in doing so. Lastly and more importantly, enjoy it.
Kitesurfing is a fun, thrilling experience that you will never regret. So what are you waiting for? Find a location now and give kitesurfing a try!
On one of my journeys I went on the beautiful and simple island of Sal, on the islands of Cape Verde. This place is one of the world's islands with most beautiful blue skies and strong trade winds. Besides all this one of the main attractions on this island, are the waves kitesurfing travelling all the way from the atlantic to hit the perfectly structured topography. These ingredients make the perfect recipe for one of the world's most beautiful barrelled wave called Ponta Preta!
Cape Verde is not only one of the best spots in the world but it is also home to the world's best pro kite surfers namely:
Matchu Lopes Almeida
Matchu Lopes Almeida is one of the teamriders for NorthKiteboarding and he is still growing in kitesurfing and his moves are getting as radical as it gets! Here is the video clip that I put together... enjoy and admire! You can find it on YouTube.