The kitesurfer who was an instructor was having a session in the late afternoon. According to rumours the kitesurfer, a 39 years old man from the Netherlands was doing an attempt to do an unhooked handle pass trick, but somehow managed to get one arm entangled in a steering line which resulted in the kite start making low kite loops. If the man at the same time was knocked unconscious is unsure, but it can explain why he drowned from this incident. Nevertheless, it is sad news for the kitesurfing community and we are once more reminded of the risk that is involved in kitesurfing. Never kite alone, wear a helmet, a life west and use your common sense.
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Brazil is great destination for kite surfing vacation. Wind every day at season wide sandy beaches warm weather , good facilities and pleasant atmosphere. Except the super reliable wind, the main attraction of kiboarding in Brazil is the batter flat lagoons and the great downwinders.
Brazil is suitable for everybody: beginners can learn to kite in the lagoons and pro’s can enjoy the endless hours of kitesurfing in best conditions. Families that enjoy (windy) beach life will be happy here, and girls alone will feel great.
Kite lagoon at north Brazil
There are many shallow rivers in the kite area in north Brazil, creating a lot of lagoons. The Lagoons near the beach, get the wind from the sea, creating paradise condition for free style kite boarding. The most famous kite lagoon is Cauipe lagoon in Cumbuco. Great place to kiteboard and chill out while watching local and pro’s puling some tricks. You can get to the lagoon by fun 1 hour down trip from the village, and get back with one of the buggy’s available here all day.
Cauipe lagoon, Cumbuco Brazil
Photo by @Hilla Ost
Other great lagoons are the huge tidal lagoon in Ilha do Guajiru , and the huge sea lagoon in Barra Grande. Many smaller lagoons can be found along the kite beach, most are reachable by buggy ride or downwind kitesurfing.
Ilha do Guajiru kite lagoon
Downwind kite trips at north Brazil
The kite area in north Brazil has hundred miles of wide sandy beaches habitat with mainly small fisherman villages. That plus the fact that winds blows constantly from side ti side-onshore direction, allows you to kite downwind along the beach for days. The best way is to have a buggy or a pickup escorting you on the beach. Buggy’s and pickups are not cheap in Brazil, so If you are young and restless, you can kite to the next village, and come back by bus. Just don’t forget your flip-lops.
There are many great small downwinds of 10-20km that you can do daily. The most popular is the 6-8km downwind from Cumbuco to Cauipe lagoon, no transport is needed, just go and take a buggy back at the lagoon. Taiba to Paracuru is amazing downwinds for kitesurfing wave. And you can go for the big downwind (250km) from Cumbuco to Jericoacoara, or even bigger until Barra Grande, sleeping each night at a different village. You can join an organized doanwind, or organize one yourself.
Family kite trip to Brazil
Kids are very welcome in Brazil at any age, people there are very tolerant towards children and very fond of them. Beach hotels, usually have a wind sheltered area by the pool, so even baby’s can enjoy here.
Teenagers can learn how to kite, enjoy buggy rides and horse riding. Kids can surf wave , swim in the lagoons and play football with the locals. Food here is simple and suitable for children. Lots of fruits, grilled meat, rice, french fries and pasta can be found everywhere.
Kite kiteboard at Cauipe Lagoon Cumbuco
Families, can stay at beach hotels, or rent a villa or apartment. If you stay some time in Cumbuco or Jericoacoara, you can arrange yourself a verity of activities. You can arrange Portuguese lessons, and daily Capoeira classes for your family at your hotel. Recommended kite villages for families are Cumbuco, Guajiru and Jericoacoara.
Kite beach hotel Cumbuco Brazil
More information on your next kite trip
All the information about kitesurfing at north Brazil can be found in Go-kite.com – kitesurf traveler guide to Brazil and other spots world wide. How to get to kite spost, where to stay, kite conditions, kite lessons and more.
Salinas Bay is located in the far northwest corner of Guanacaste Province in Costa Rica. It is a remote location that’s often windy with gorgeous untouched beaches not to mention the beautiful scenery. It’s a great place to go to experience the island life, it’s a place where you can be at peace or be the adrenaline junkie that you are. Salinas bay is the go-to place for wind surfers and kiters alike.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or if you can own the air in your sleep, there’s a place for you to surf in Salinas Bay. It also doesn’t hurt if you know a great kite school that’ll cater to your needs and has programs for your specific skill set. Costa Kite has created programs for every level of kiters, they are committed to help you get the most out of your kiting vacation. All their instructors are IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) certified and their gears are always up to date. They’ll make sure all your lessons are fun and safe. It’s always good to try something new when you’re on vacation but at all times, you should put safety as your number one priority; Making sure you have all the right gear and using the proper techniques will do just that.
Salinas Bay has constant winds from November to March, this makes it a great place to visit specially for kite boarders and wind surfers. The things you can do while you’re there is not limited to just that though, you can also go hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, go on boat tours and a lot more. There’s always a lot of things to do when you go on a trip so it’s a good idea if you plan ahead to maximize your time. OR you can just lay on the beach, relax and enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica.
**If you want to inquire, book, or know more about kiting in Salinas Bay, click here.
Travelling requires a lot of research, planning and preparation, unless you’re the kind of person who’s spontaneous, you should definitely take your time to learn a few things about that particular place. Costa Rica is known for it’s nature travel destination, national parks and protected areas. Because of it’s biodiversity and climate, there are quite a lot of destinations and activities to choose from like hiking, trekking, camping, experiencing the night life, exploring the city, diving, surfing and kitesurfing on the wonderful beaches.
The most popular spot would have to be Bahia Salinas which is located in the north west corner of Costa Rica and is said to have 25mph+ wind all day, everyday. It’s a great spot for beginners and advanced surfers alike; with its strong winds and mild waves, you’d never regret going there. Lake Arenal is also a crowd favourite since it’s both exciting and challenging, the view is also a sight for sore eyes.
Like everything else though, there are said to be some inconsistencies in the wind and the hotel services in some area. It’d be best to rent out a place near the kitehouse that’s inexpensive so everything would be in the same place or you can rent out villas on the beach front. Looking up surfer recommended places is also a great way to start, you’d have a general idea on where to stay, which places to go to and what restaurants to eat at. It’s always great to travel and to explore new places or if you’ve been there already, to visit it again; recount memories and create new ones.
When you find yourself travelling to the Philippine Islands, you might want to take a detour to these places or plan your trip around it and not just for the spectacular view and delicious food but also for the renowned Kite Surfing spots that would make you want to stay there forever or maybe just extend your trip a few extra days.
Boracay is known for many things; the epic parties, the white sand beach, it’s tropical beauty and a number of water sports like; snorkelling, skim boarding, surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing, parasailing and a lot more. Boracay is approximately 315km south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. At the moment it is the go-to place to kite surf in the Philippines. Try visiting Boracay’s Bulabog beach and Union beach!
Ilocos Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos region. There are a lot of things you can do when you’re in the area like visit Paoay Church that has been there since the 1700’s and other famous churches and historical landmarks. You can also find the Bangui Windmills, Fort Ilocandia Resort & Casino and of course while you’re there, why not try the local cuisine? Don’t miss out on the Batac Empanada. Aside from that, Ilocos Norte is also known for it’s breath taking beaches (one of my personal favorites). Ilocos Norte’s Kingfisher beach and Bangui beach is a kite surfer’s dream.
To get to Seco Island in Tibiao, Antique you’d have to take a plane to Iloilo then a bus/car ride and lastly take a boat to the island itself. It seems like a lot of hassle but doesn’t it look like heaven? totally worth it.
Bagasbas Beach in Camarines Norte is also a good place to visit if you’re looking to surf, wind surf, kite board and paraglide.
Palawan is my paradise. If there’s one place I could live in for the rest of my life, it’s here and yes, it’s because of their gorgeous beaches. The most popular tourist spot in Palawan would have to be the underground river which is now included in the new 7 Wonders of Nature. You can also visit the crocodile farm, socialize with the inmates at Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm and get down with the locals and go to the market to get some green honey. Puerto Princesa, Cuyo Island and El Nido Palawan are the places to visit when you’re itching to surf and do all sorts of water activities or you could just simply sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the island.
**For Cuyo Island you can go to Victoria or Capusan beach.
Malin Amle is a norwegian girl that shot this great video during her recent season in Cumbuco, Barra Nova, the famous kitesurfing spot in Brazil! You can check out Malins homesite here www.malinamle.com for more photos and videos of her.
I´m currently thinking that I perhaps should I fix her wordpress site. It´s not the best looking design and a girl in that class deserves something better imo! Besides it´s christmas after all!
Cumbuco is situated on the eastern side of Brazil and is facing the sea which is ideal place for Kitesurfing activity and that is the reason it is also called the WindTown. The nearest airport to this place is Fortaleza which is about 40 km from Cumbuco. The warm waters of the ocean and the ideal shore lines are good for kite surfing. Other than the shore lines Cumbuco has a very soothing temperature around 24 – 26 degrees Celsius during the months of July to October which attracts lots of visitors every year and of course the kite surfers which finds this place a premier destination for them for surfing. The beaches are very beautiful and the main beach is divided into two main sections. One part is the Barraca beach and the other part leads to the nearby Cumbuco town where you will find hotels and restaurants for refreshments. The town is close to a large fresh water lagoon called the Cauipe. This stripe of land is used by surfers to fly downwind from the beach to this lagoon which is around 8 km stretch of land.
Kitesurfers from all round the world no matter whether he is a newbie or an expert all gather in Cumbuco during the months from June till January to enjoy surfing. There are lots of kite surfing schools around Cumbuco if you would like to learn and also there are shops where you can only rent out kites and boards. The kite surfing schools train the freshers in batches of 20 to 22 pupils at a time with each instructor can handle a maximum of only 2 students. They process they follow to train the new members is strictly with IKO so you need not worry on that. The safety measures also followed by the trainers here are according to the IKO procedures and all the safety kits are verified before one starts using it. They always make sure that the helmet and the floating vest is worn by the user at all times during the sessions. In the beginning the instructor will be riding with you to show you and guide you and once you get trained for atleast 12 hours then you will be able to do it yourself without the help of the instructors. The cost of these beginner trainings range around 800 Reais for 10 hours course and if you would like to take private lessons then that is also available with 120 Reais per hour basis. Most of the schools for kite surfing use new surf boards and kites and they replace these every 4 -5 months after use and basically they return it to the companies from where they have got. The companies replace them with new ones.
The kiters paradise, as Cumbuco is also known as, has all the amenities which attracts the surfers from around the world. In the evenings after you spend the day on kite surfing, activities do not stop here as you can stop by the local restaurant which serves barbeque steak or fresh fish or over a mug of cold beer and enjoy the evening in the cozy town of Cumbuco.
Kite Surfing in Maui
Maui islands in Philippines, has also been attracted to the surfers especially the kite surfers from all round the world. If we go towards the north of the island lays the north shore beach. North Shore is known as the jewel of all the other beaches which is about few minutes from the Airport of Kahului on the western end of Kanaha Beach (N20°53.9724, W156°26.35896) and also known as the Kite Beach. This beach is perfect for the beginners and its side on to the shore winds helps the beginners to come shore safely. The waves on the kite beach are divided for the riders. Little farther from shore is basically for the riders who are in the intermediate and advanced stage. Waves which are largest are only for expert riders.
The other important beach on this island is the Kanaha Beach which is around two miles and most of it lies on the Maui County’s Kanaha Beach Park. Every beach has its own important features. “Old Hale beach”, “Old Man’s Beach” is the two divisions of the areas of the Kite Beach. Ka’a Point is another beach which is used for launching area. Fishermen and families also give the riders the rooms in this area. Off shore to Ka’a Point is the Bone yard, which is a very shallow place which comes out at low tide. The Riders should take pre-caution or be cautious while jumping near to this area, as this area gets covered up by the ocean at high tides.
Then there is also the Action Beach, which is the launching area for the storm – water canal of downwind. This beach also has plenty of room for kite surfing and it’s mostly used by the kite schools. . This beach is very good for the beginners for long run and it’s mostly sandy. KSM is one of the best schools for teaching people the kite surfing sport. Here the instructors are certified from IKO, and some of them live on Maui for many years and knows the different Maui water sports, which is considered one of the best in the world. They offer one to one lessons to the beginners, intermediate and also to the advanced students so that they can learn the kite surfing without any hesitation. The entire kite surfing lessons are generally divided into three sessions – a) Discovery Programs, b) Intermediate, and c) Advanced.
These three sessions which are having eight parts in each being taught here along with the different ways of kite surfing.
As the popularity of kite surfing in Maui has developed in recent years so much that the guidelines for the safety of kite surfing has also increased so that the beginners and the riders have the proper security and safety for this sport. This sport is being regulated by the (FAA) Federal Aviation Administration Regulation by the proximity of the nearby Airport of Kahului. The main attraction for Maui is the various Aqua Sports it offers to the visitors with the suitable conditions, such as the winds, culture, adventures, wide variety of accommodations, and professional kite lessons for everyone.
Kite surfing in Boracay
Boracay, a small tropical island of Philippines, in recent years has been famous for its beaches and home for kite surfing lovers. The white sunny beaches, and the warm temperature whole year makes the day and night life as one of the most happening places and this is what Boracay is special. The country of Philippines is ranked first for getting registered in Kite surfing and that became the best place in Asia. Trainers of IKO and VBWS teach the beginners. Boracay Island is situated away from the mainland and so less crowded compared to the other beaches. Bulabog is a Beach where Kite surfing takes place. The kiters also have their own secluded section for kite surfing. Another beach for good kite surfing is situated to the north known as the White Beach or Diniwid. In total, the island of Boracay has 12 beaches. The kite surfing practiced on these beaches have mainly five different types of courses. Each course is being taught by the IKO instructor to the beginners and generally each instructor will have maximum two students each at a time. Every student is given proper attention so that they can learn the safety procedures of flying and also gather experience through their performance. The equipments which will be needed for the beginners to learn kite surfing are – Cabrinha, F-One, Slingshot Kites, Naish Kites, Nobile Kite boards, Prolimit and many other brands. In fact you can pretty much learn kitesurfing or hire equipment with any of the major brands on the kitesurfing market.
The different types of courses that the students learn here will have an international license that will be equivalent to the IKO level certificate provided around the world. The different courses trained here are namely –
Discovery Course – It’s the introductory course for the beginners or for those people who wants to learn and then find out whether they can do kite surfing or not. It’s a course for only 2 hours.
Day Course Level 1 IKO – This is the first step one course for beginners. They start learning with the IKO instructor’s help. In this step, they are trained about the set up of the kite, turbulences, bar and lines, safety system, fly a 4 line kite, power zone and wind-window theory. At the end of this level the beginners learn to use the kite in the power zone. This course is of 4 hours duration.
Beginner Course Level 1+2 IKO (IKO Certificate) – In this course one gets trained to become an independent kiter. The instructor also helps them during this training. After a 12 hours/ 3days of session one gets good control over kite surf. Another part of the learning in this session is to get on the board and riding oneself.
Advanced Course Level 3 (IKO Certificate) – Session of 5 hours/1 or 2 days. Here learner already knows how to ride a kite. He learns from the professional instructors how to turn, ride upwind, and do their jumps.
Private Tuition – A course of 1 hour. Someone will be there who will recommend and answer your questions. Select of right spot for kite surfing and right material. It depends on direction of wind, shallow water and strength. There always be someone for launching and landing. Anyone lost then instructor will help and pick them up.
One of the best videos I´ve seen in a long time! Alex Bournay is a cool rider that doesn’t fear height, just check out his incredible jumps in this video! Some kiteloops added to this video and it would be a 10 pointer! Great editing and choice of music on top of the awesome action! As you will see Alex Bournay is riding with a Best GP, so here is also some free promo for you BEST! ;)
Youri Zoon has currently been hosting a kite camp in Neretva river, Adriatic sea, Croatia, which is said to be one of the best kiteboarding spots in the world, but I guess that´s what most locals say about their own spot. Anyway, this is a pretty nice video with some good action, for instance some crazy dude that climbes up on a bridge using the power from his kite. There are also some scenes of the recurring “sausage parties” that we usually see in context with kitesurfing competitions and kite camps like this one. Girls, please start kitesurfing so that the atmosphere stop being so damn gayish! ;)
Constantly Kiting is one of South Africa’s oldest Kitesurfing School. We have always be dedicated to the teaching of our new student AND will continue to do so over years to come. We are based in Langebaan and have been for the last 7 years, This year 2012 we will open in Cape town and look forward to all the new students we will teach on Blouberg beach.
Constantly Kiting Langebaan Location is the ideal spot have your Kitesurfing Holiday.
Our Training Ground – The famous Sharkbay in Langebaan is only one the out Training grounds.
We offer a few teaching locations in Langebaan and Cape Town, Sharkbay is just one of the few places that we are able to teach. It’s a crystal clear arena for the learning to kitesurf and we can find ourselves teaching quite often.Click here for more details… More….
The beach of the BloubergStrand in playacar Cape Town is home to hundreds of international and Local Kiteboarders – We do many of our Entry levels land based course’s here as well as more Advanced waveriding and confidence courses. Click here for more details… More….
CONSTANTLY KITING – KITEBOARDING SCHOOL, An Authorized kiteboarding School of Langebaan, South Africa which offers IKO beginner courses with International certifications, Equipment rental and supervision, Equipment Sales and Demos.
We are based in Langebaan but have just opened in Cape Town as well. Langebaan is really simple to get to and is easy to get to with a hour and 15 mins drive from Cape Town you’ll be here in no time and enjoying the open spaces of Kiting in Langebaan. Directions
The Wind season is from October till the end of May. You should be able to ride 3/5 days a week during this period.
Windguru forecast: https://www.windguru.cz/int/index.php?sc=21691
Wind is usually from 13 to 35 Knots on the Westcoast of the Western Cape and works with NW, SE and S.
NE wind very rare but great to kite in non the less
ACCOMODATION IN Langebaan, South Africa FOR KITEBOARDERS
- If you are coming to learn and take your IKO certification course, you can stay with us here at the Constantly Kiting Center where we offer you a room for the night included in one of our packages prices. See here. This price is for our dorm room only, However you can upgrade to one of our seefacing apartments on request which have double beds and are self catering.
Simply contact us by followinf the link and send us a quick email about how we can get you booked in and staying with us. Get in touch CONTACT US.
KITEBOARDING SCHOOL Langebaan and Cape Town & South Africa
The Lake Garda by Beekite
The lake of Garda is famous all over the world for it´s great variety, breathtaking nature, huge choice of sports to practice, amazing villages in the tipical tuscan style as well as fot the multitude of gastronomic varieties.
There are many types of water sports you can practice on the Garda Lake. Thanks to it´s wind certainty the lake is a popular destination for Windsurfers and in the meantime also for Kitesurfers.
The Spot by Beekite
Our Kiteschool “BeeKite” is located in Castelletto di Brenzone directly on the sea. The kite gets started directly by the boat in the middle of the lake. That´s why there is no risk to hurt anyhow on the beach. We drive you then to where there are the best wind conditions and where you have enough space. Our training area is 15 km long and 4 km large.
The Wind by Beekite
There are two main winds on the Garda Lake. The “Peler” and the “Ora”. The “Peler” comes from the north and begins already soon in the morning by 6 am o´clock. It can be gusty and and achieve up to 30 knots. Around 11 am the “Peler” eases off and the “Ora” comes up. So the best time to be on the water is from 2 pm to 6 pm. The “Ora” offers perfect conditions for beginners as it´s a quite stabil wind and achieves around 16 knots.
Description of the classes by Beekite
Every participant gets teached individually and in order to his level. The classes adhere to the guidelines of the VDWS and IKO. After long year experience we use the different teaching-systems well directed. As there is no “standing area” it is much easier for beginners who want to learn this type of sport. You can see that already at the first flying exercises. Faults like tighten the “Bar” and flying the power-area are not a problem thanks to the deep water and the huge space we have available. Due to that we can save up until 3 hours of time, besides there is no running back in case of loss of height until 15 km because we drive you back by boat.
High Flyers Tarifa offer complete kitesurfing holidays for all levels, especially for kites who are looking to up their game. Based in Tarifa, Europe’s kitesurfing Mecca!
Our standard week-long holidays include the following:
+ 6 days kitesurfing (up to 6 hours per day, wind-dependent)
+ Coaching to help you nail new moves
+ All equipment (or bring your own and pay a reduced rate)
+ Accommodation in our modern, central, 4 bed kiters’ apartment
+ Transport to local beaches
We can also do airport transfers from Gibraltar, Malaga or Jerez
Here is a short video featuring High Flyers Tarifa