Kitesurfing or kiteboarding is an amazing adventure sport with a lot to offer, whether you are going for excitement and challenge or fulfilling sensations.
What is kitesurfing? Kitesurfing consists in using a big steerable kite to glide, jump, and perform tricks over the water with a board, either similar to a wakeboard or a small surf board. Since its invention in the 1970-1980s in France and Hawaii, kitesurfing has developped massively and into several disciplines including old school free-ride, big air, new school freestyle or wave surfing. Whatever style your are into, it is a lot of fun! Learn more about the sport, its origin and disciplines in our blog.
Who can kitesurf ? You may be thinking that kitesurfing takes a lot of strength and muscles. Thankfully, that is not true! The power of the wind is directed straight to the kiteboarder's harness - taking off the load from his/her arms and allowing the kiteboarder to simply leverage against the kite with his/her body. There is no need to hang onto the bar in order to ride as in wakeboarding. Also there is no heavy sail and board lifting as in windsurfing. The sport not being strength-based, it is equally accessible to men and women, the old and young. Though a fair level of fitness helps and the ability to swim is required, there is not much more you need to give kitesurfing a go!
Where and when to kitesurf ? Perth is a great place to get started with our steady summer seabreeze and the flat waters on the Swan River that will make the challenge easier. For independent to more advanced riders, Western Australia offers terrific conditions and beautiful surf or flat water locations. Worldclass kitesurfing spots are located all along the coast from Perth to Exmouth to the north and down to Albany, Augusta and Esperance to the south. Expect the wind season to start as early as September up north in Exmouth and gradully making its way down south to Perth in mid-October/November. The wind season will usually last until end of April. Then winter brings some punctual cold fronts and strong winds to the city which are not advisable for beginner kitesurfers but can be a blast for advanced and adventuruous ones. Discover Western Australia best kitesurfing spots here!