Kiteboarding is a fabulous sport which connects pleasure of sliding, adrenaline, and technicity of a nautical sport. And guess what, this sporting activity is possible in India! In appearance, this extreme sport seems difficult, but you will see with prudence, dexterity, and patience you will make rapid progress and it will be amazing.
To practice kiteboarding, you will need a large water body, an adequate wind, and some equipment
Sensations offered by kiteboarding are fantastic and that’s why there is every year more kiteboarding enthusiasts. But pay attention, Kiteboarding can be dangerous and beginners should start with courses and experimented people.
The massive coastline of India offers a wide range of spots. East coast is the best place to find good and strong wind, more specifically between India and Sri Lanka. It’s possible to practice kiteboarding in a lot of states like Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala.
Kiteboarding season depends on state to state
Goa: September to May
Gujarat: October to February
Tamil Nadu: Summer season: April to September, Winter season: December to March
Goa, one of the tiniest states hosts the highest numbers of adventure travelers for water based sports. With pristine beaches and white water sea waves, it has consistent wind force post the rainy season. This makes it highly favorable for Kiteboarding. Head out to Arambol or Calangute to Kiteboard. Contact us to know more.
Rameswaram the place where Lord Rama built the bridge connecting India with Sri Lanka is precisely the point which has good winds throughout the year and water so clear, one would love to see the reflection of the sky in it. It is the perfect place for newbies who want to try their hand and pro-amateurs who want to learn advance maneuvering and skills to kite board. Check out the Courses and experience section for more details.
The art of kitesurfing goes way back to the thirteenth century when kite sails were used by people as a mode of transportation. These kites used to pull them boats through the water using the force of wind.
Kiteboarding as an extreme sport is a very young. During the 70s, a number of patents which concerned kiteboarding were registered. But this sport really blowed up during the 2000s. Today kiteboarding has its own world championships every year. There were petitions filed worldwide to include kitesurfing in the Olympics which was acknowledged and now there is a good chance that it will included in the Paris 2024 Olympics.
The kite system used for the sport consists of a kite, flying lines, a control bar, and a kite harness. The kites used come in different designs, shapes and size and there various styles in Kiteboarding today. Some of the common styles used in kiteboarding are freeride, freestyle, wave-riding, jumping, wakeskate and speed racing. Most styles are used only for recreation. Competitions usually involve freestyle, course racing and the speed racing styles.
Speed racing is practiced usually at a formal race. It requires exclusive directional speed boards or race boards that have long fins. The aim of speed racing is to travel at the maximum speed over a 500 meter distance.
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Although Kitesurfing will probably be an Olympic Sport by 2024 it is yet to develop in India.
There are competitions being organised at local levels, but there still enough traction for this amazing sport.
One of the goals of ESI would be to work with existing Kitesurfing schools to train more instructors and spread this sport throughout the coastal regions of the country
When you practice kiteboarding your three first commands should be:
Don’t stupidly, put your life in danger:
Analyze your spot of kiteboarding: people on the spot, potential dangers for you and the others, your equipment, and the weather. Adapt the size of your kite depending on the wind, if the weather conditions are too strong, be humble and careful, you will try kiteboarding another day. Don’t go too far from the shore, in case of any problem you might be forced to join the shore
Be attentive to the other:
Don’t practice kiteboarding dangerously and pay attention to other people wider on the beach or in the water. If somebody seems to be on trouble, don’t hesitate to give him assistance. Like in the road, on the see there are priority rules, don’t forget to apply them.
Respect the environment
Don’t throw your wastes on the spot. Don’t hesitate to pick up litter with you, for the pleasure of riders and the environment.
You will need a physical condition adapted to your intensity of practice. Of course, you must have a decent physical condition, because don’t forget that’s an extreme sport. But no worry you won’t need to work out every day to practice kiteboarding. Just be aware of your physical limits.
Obviously, it’s essential to know how to swim. In case of any problem be able to swim could be useful!
In order to practice kiteboarding, you will need set of equipment:
The power kite aims to provide traction which allow you to move. Traction kites have a surface area between 32 sq. Ft. and 215 sq. Ft. (depending on the wind strength and of the rider’s weight).
Leading edge inflatable kites:
A kite with an inflatable plastic bladder in the front edge which allows it to float once dropped in the water and give it its shape (the inflatable bladder must be inflated at the beginning of the session. It takes approximately 5 minutes). It’s the most popular type of power kite because of easier relaunch and direct response.
It’s a kite with an air pocket and inlet valves to give the arc-shape to the kite. This kind of kite is less used due to its inconvenience.
These lines are linked to control bar. They measure between 10 and 30 meters. In general, there are four lines: two to control the steering of the kite, and two to transmit the traction of the kite.
It’s a composite bar attached to the kite via the lines. It is used by the rider to control his kite and so his power, speed, and direction. Don’t worry about your bar, often lighter than water, the bar float.
The harness is the piece which will bind your body to the kite. On your harness, there is a hook to attach the harness to flying lines and control bar.
It’s a board often with foot straps which allow you to fix your feet on the board.
All these are essential, if you want to practice kiteboarding safely they are highly recommended.
If you have a problem with your flying lines (ex: tangled in your lines), you must have something to cut it. It’s the role of safety hook knife and it can release you from a lot of bad situation.
It’s always better to protect your head, that’s why you should wear a helmet. We never know where your kite can carry you.
In deep water to avoid getting tired and sinking a personal floatation device is preferable. A light life jacket will not too much annoy you and can save your life,without any hesitation.