Kitesurfing: The most fun way between A and B

Kitesurfing or kiteboarding is sort of like water skiing without the boat. With your feet on the board you’re getting pulled along, in this case by the wind, but you can spice it up by curving, cutting and jumping through the waves. Most importantly it’s loads of fun.

The most difficult bit isn’t the kiting, but the getting into the water with everything in place and not tangled up and facing the right way for the wind. Once you’ve got that far it’s a combination of steering with your feet and your kite bar (the bit which is like the waterskiing lead).

Kiting is definitely a way to get from A to B, but it can also be a display of aerial tricks and skills, and the flying bit is probably the main attraction for most people, real pros can stay airborne for more than 30 seconds!

As well as having the right gear you need to pick a good spot. Windsurfers and kitesurfers like the same conditions so be courteous with space – the best places for both have long flat beaches with long entries that drop rapidly. Essaouira Bay, Margarita Island, Jericoacoara and Cabarete are classic kiting destinations and you can be sure to meet teams of people there who’ll give you some pointers if it’s your first time. And you can actually learn to kite in a couple of hours and really get moving in a couple of days, just like water skiing it’s actually a lot easier than it looks.

Frequently Asked Question Answers:
Some boards have foot straps, some don’t, it mostly depends what kind of conditions you’re going to be in. There are different kinds and sizes of kite for the same reason.
Yes, you do have to be able to fly a kite – in fact you need to learn how to fly a kite properly, on a beach, before you get out onto the water.
And you definitely need to be able to swim! I would definitely recommend having a few lessons before investing in any gear, but yes you can hire it. And yes, you do need to learn from someone who knows what they’re doing – but apart from that you pretty much just need to have fun with it and enjoy hovering between the waves and the sky. Lush!

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