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Kitesurf & Windsurf Holidays Overview

There’s nothing quite like the sheer exhilaration experienced when skimming across the water’s surface propelled by nothing more than a sustained gust of wind. The sports of kitesurfing and windsurfing – two of the most natural and exciting ways to travel over water – are activities based in the sole pursuit of just such pleasure. They share many similarities and yet are very different. Both require a board for standing on and each harnesses the wind to power a sail or kite. And there the similarities end.

It has been said that windsurfing is easier to learn but kitesurfing is easier to master and this may be true. Whatever the case, both are certainly worth learning. At many spots around the world kitesurfers and windsurfers ride the ocean waves together. And kitesurfing schools and windsurfing schools are often operated by the same company – indeed your windsurfing instructor today may be teaching kitesurfing tomorrow.

Modern windsurfing equipment makes learning the basics much easier than it once was. Broad elliptical boards provide a stable platform on which to stand while carbon fibre masts, lightweight aluminium booms, and craftily engineered sails make for effortless handling. Given a few basic pointers beginners are ready to launch after a brief one hour introduction. And after a short spell of falling in, should be competently sailing upwind having sussed a few elementary skills.

Learning to kitesurf involves a bit more land based activity to begin with. Mastery of the kite itself being everything early on! Within a day most people will be ready to move into the water to practice the art of body dragging after which comes the real thing as the board is introduced.

Whichever activity you pursue the difference between success and failure in learning is simply down to the instruction received. Many equipment hire outlets provide lessons and several tour operators specialising in kitesurfing and windsurfing holidays offer structured training programmes from beginner to advanced and will provide all the equipment needed.

Wherever there is water and wind, kitesurfing and windsurfing can be practised. And wherever the wind is most reliable, windsurfing and kitesurfing businesses tend to set up shop. At Devotion2motion.com we aim to identify the best locations worldwide for both activities. By providing a mixture of resort reviews, facts and stats we hope to give you enough useful information to make a decision about the suitability of any given resort for your next kitesurfing or windsurfing holiday.

Kitesurfing Holidays

The concept of kitesurfing has been around since the 1970’s but the sport didn’t really take off until the 1990’s when there was a marked improvement in the equipment available. As a result kitesurfing holidays are a relatively new phenomenon. Some nascent companies have sprung up to meet the demand for this adrenaline fuelled adventure sport. And existing windsurf holiday specialists have moved into the market, adding what some see as a natural compliment to their existing offering.

Windsurfing Holidays

Windsurfing holidays come in a few formats. There’s the all inclusive windsurfing package holiday which includes flights, accommodation, tuition and equipment hire. Then there’s the package deal that includes flights and accommodation but leaves the windsurfing equipment hire and tuition up to you to book. And of course there is the independent route where you arrange everything yourself.

Windsurfing and Kitesurfing Holiday Safety Considerations

Safety is a big issue when it comes to water based activities especially windsurfing and kitesurfing which fall into the extreme sports category. It is important to be aware of any potential hazards in the water like rocks and reefs and what tides and currents there are. At many locations lifeguards watch the water from the beach and there may also be a safety boat patrolling. Even where this system is in place it is important to watch out for fellow sailors who might be in trouble. And considering oneself, it is vital to know how to self rescue if the need arises.

Family Kitesurfing and Windsurfing Holidays

The main consideration for families planning a kitesurfing or windsurfing holiday is at what age can kids start learning. And just in case they don’t like the sport or are simply too young, what alternatives exist in the way of child entertainment or care. Some windsurf schools will take children as young as five although it is more often eight. And kids are not usually strong enough to start learning to kitesurf until they’re at least 12-years-old. However, when a school will take children is at their discretion so it is imperative you know what policies they operate before you travel. You don’t want your 14-year-old sitting around grumping on the beach every day because the kitesurf school won’t teach them.

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