Watching a kitesurfer glide across blue waters with colorful inflated kites riding endless waves invokes feelings of both adrenaline and fear. Kitesurfing (or kiting for short) combines elements of wakeboarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, skateboarding and sailing into one adventurous sport. After an evolution of gear, the once thought of extreme-activity is now much more user friendly and with the right instruction anyone can safely learn how to kite. Finding a good instructor is paramount and the following locations are some of the best places on the planet to learn.
Real Sports located on Cape Hatteras in North Carolina has been instructing kiters since 2001. Their slogan, “we make new kiters everyday,” is no joke as over 50,000 students have completed their programs. Outside Magazine ranks their camps among the “Top 10 Adventure Camps in the World.” The Cape boasts constant wind and shallow waters which are ideal for learning. Experienced coaches are able to follow along via wave runner for continuous instruction and supervision. With 70 miles of seashore and views of both sunrises and sunsets, it’s the perfect place to begin any kiting journey.
South Padre Island in Texas is a kiter’s dream with miles of flat, shallow and warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Smaller crowds driven by a like-minded love of water sports make it the perfect destination to conquer the wind. Peak season is March through June and wanna be kiters can choose from a variety of schools on island. Prokite and Air Padre are two excellent resources for lessons, gear and access to other water sports for those who are not so game to kiting. Private, group and kiting excursions are all available.
The Colombia Gorge located in Hood River, Oregon, is the perfect geographic playground for the water enthusiast. The narrow Gorge geology creates a Venturi or funneling wind effect when combined with a large barometric gradient can create very high winds sometimes upwards of 50mph. The area boasts some 30 launch areas and excellent conditions can be found all year. Kite Beach on the Sandspit is one of the best places to learn alongside pros and gear manufactures alike. Kite the Gorge and Gorgekite are two well established schools with the experience to get you out on the water.
Maui, Hawaii, is probably the top destination for Kitesufing in the United States. Trade winds and big surf along beautiful beaches draw kiters from all over the world to its famous Kite Beach just outside Kahalui. Not for the faint of heart, learning on this island is baptism by fire, but the rates are much less than the rest of the country and with the added bonus of learning in Maui allows students to feel quite competent almost anywhere else. Proper instruction is paramount and Troy from Complete Kiteboarding School is one of the best. A talented kiter and patient teacher, he will have you up and riding excellent conditions alongside the waves and the sea turtles.
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