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Kitesurfing

What is kitesurfing?

Kitesurfing is a wind powered watersport wherein the kite generates power to pull the rider on a board across the water.
Experienced kitesurfers can jump higher than 15 meters in the air and gain speeds up to 100 km/hour. We offer you a Kitesurfing location guide that helps you to search the best place for a high jump. So, get ready to save the moments of this natural water sport.

 

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Theory behind kitesurfing

 

 

How old is kitesurfing?

Kitesurfing was found in the late eighties. Since that moment the popularity across the world started growing radically. A sunny and windy day in Europe can generate over 200 people riding at one kitesurf location, not to mention all the visitors on the beach. Nowadays people from all over the world travel active with their kites in search for wind!

 

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Busy day at Noordwijk (The Netherlands)

Is kitesurfing safe?

Based on a study of the Dutch Amsterdam Slotervaart hospital from 2015, kitesurfing is safer than playing soccer.From 2007 the safety systems on kites became more safe and after some good lessons you will be able to act safe with your kite! It is similar to learning how to drive a car. Before you can drive safely, you need to understand the basics.

Kitesurf locations around the world

Be the first to introduce the sports to your friends and go out and explore! Kitesurfing is possible all around the world. These are examples of countries which are good for kitesurfing:

Country Kitesurf spot
Egypt Nabq
Spain Tarifa
Brazil Cumbuco
Aruba Boca Grandi
The Dominican Republic Cabarate
Venezuela Isla Margarita
Thailand KohPhanghan
The Netherlands Wijk aan zee (near Amsterdam)
Indonesia Bali
The Philippines Boracay

Check out all the yellow spots on this map!

 

Can I just go out and explore?

When you are a beginner and willing to learn how to kitesurf, do not just go out there and try. Learning how to kitesurf is like riding a car. If you don’t know how to drive the car, it can be dangerous! Please take lessons before you start.

 

Freeriding or all-round kitesurfing

This is the most popular form of kitesurfing.  Benefits of this style:

  • Possible on all waters
  • Different styles are possible while riding (oldskool, freestyle,waveriding, extreme kitesurfing or just cruising around)

Type of board and kite needed:

  • Twintip kiteboard
  • Any type of kite

This will be the style of kitesurfing you will learn when you take a lesson!

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Rider: Joey Bekendam
Spot: Barcadera (Aruba)

Oldskool kitesurfing

This style used to be the style for the first competitors to compete. Jumping very high and doing board-offs, spins etc. Benefits of this style:

  • It looks awesome and attracts a lot of attention!
  • Possible on all waters
  • No extra gear needed after the beginning stage

Type of board and kite needed:

  • Twintip kiteboard with straps
  • Any type of kite (the more power the better!)

Check out an impression of this style on: www.airstyle.tv

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Rider: Joey Bekendam
Spot: Golfo Di Sogno (Corsica, Italy)

Freestyle kiteboarding

This style is very popular because of the powerful tricks you can pull! In the current world championships this style is used to gain the most points. Benefits of this style:

  • Very powerful and it looks cool!
  • Flat water is favourite but it is possible on all waters
  • Be a winner and compete

Type of board and kite needed:

  • Twintip kiteboard with boots
  • Freestyle kite (C-shaped)

One of the world’s favourites is Youri Zoon, take a look at his website: www.yourizoon.com

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Rider: Phillip Kervel
Spot: Fisherman’s huts (Aruba)

Waveriding

This style is growing in popularity. The location is important, because waves are needed for this style! It is simply surfing (on waves) while using your kite to get you in and out of the waves. Benefits of this style:

  • There is no better feeling than surfing a wave
  • If you like surfing, you will love waveriding with a kite!
  • Use you kite to get to the waves instead of getting tired of paddling

Type of board and kite needed:

  • Surfboard (with or without straps)
  • Any type of kite (preferred kite is a wavekite)

This lady will show you what waveriding is: www.jaloulangeree.com

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Rider: Joey Bekendam
Spot: Warnambool (Australia)

Extreme kitesurfing

This style is popular because of the high jumps and the extreme factor. Not for beginners! Benefits of this style:

  • If you jump that high, the adrenaline will pump!
  • Loop your kite and do not crash….
  • It looks awesome!

Type of board and kite needed:

  • Twintip (preferred with boots)
  • Any type of kite (the more power the better!)

Be impressed and take a look at the website of Ruben Lenten: www.len10.com

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Rider: Joey Bekendam Spot: Lake Arenal (Costa Rica)

Conditions for kitesurfing

You might be thinking about going for a lesson soon, but still you aren’t sure what weather conditions you need.  This overview gives you some insights in the ideal weather conditions:

Type Details
Windspeeds From 10 to 40 knots
(to 20 knots for beginners)
Be careful with gusty winds and know your capability!
Wind directions Side- or onshore directions
What about rain? No worries about the rain
What about thunderstorms? STOP! Do not go! Always check the development of the clouds
Water condition Be careful with polluted water and strong currents
What about waves? If you are experienced enough, you will be able to ride in the waves

Gear

What gear do I need for kitesurfing? To practise kitesurfing you will at least need these 5 items:

Kite Kite-bar with lines Harness Kiteboard

Wetsuit

(optional)

Kite Kite-bar with lines Harness Kiteboard Wetsuit

Kitesurf competitions

There are a few famous kitesurfing competitions around the world. For kitesurfers the sport is not about winning, but about having fun and enjoying the feeling. Well-known competitions are:

Competition name Country Website
Red Bull king of the Air Capetown, South Africa www.redbullkingoftheair.com
World Championships Around the world www.vkwc.com
KTA Kiteboard Tour Asia Around Asia www.kiteboardtour.asia

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