Kitesurfing on the Gold Coast
Try your hand at kitesurfing - an exhilarating watersport on the Gold Coast that's great fun to watch and absolutely awesome to do!
Harnessed to a large kite, feet strapped to a wakeboard, you'll love the thrill as the wind pulls you across the water... or vertically into the air!
Kitesurfing is the latest extreme watersport to take the world by storm, and is a combination of windsurfing, wakeboarding, surfing and kite flying. Experienced riders can reach huge heights and produce some spectacular acrobatics!
The most important skill you need for this water activity is control of the kite ... if it's strong enough to lift an adult 60ft into the air for several seconds, then obviously there's a lot of power involved!
The best and fastest way to learn is with kitesurfing lessons from an experienced instructor. He'll assess your body weight and skill level, and provide the right sized kite for you.
Sizes vary from 3 metres to 20 metres, and the larger the kite, the greater the power - so it's pretty important to get it right.
Gold Coast Kitesurfing lessons are offered 7 days a week (subject to wind conditions) and there are a number of options available.
You can join a half-day session, which will cover the basics of safety and kite control. Experimenting with just the kite, you'll get it to drag you through the water (lots of fun!) and into the air without the added complication of a wakeboard.
Or, you can sign up for a series of lessons, where you'll learn over a couple of days how to manouevre the wakeboard and handle the kite at the same time.
When you finally combine the kite with the wakeboard, your first jump could be 20-30 feet with airtime of 6-7 seconds! Utterly exhilarating!
With increased experience, you can start to learn more manoeuvres - which in turn will lead to greater height and further distances. It's not surprising that kitesurfers become addicted to this sport.
And kitesurfing lessons just aren't for beginners.
If you have a little experience under your belt, and would like to learn some more advanced tricks and wave riding styles, have a chat to the tour operators listed below, and see what they can teach you.
If you want to set an aspirational goal, there are professionals in Hawaii and South Africa who are reaching heights of 80 feet and distances of 100 feet!
And whilst I haven't tried this water activity yet... I have enjoyed watching kitesurfers on the Gold Coast apply their skills on many occasions.
And you too will enjoy the sight of multiple kitesurfers on the water, astonished at some of their aerial tricks, and seeing the skills of these surfers put to the test.
You'll find the beach between Narrowneck and Main Beach is a fairly popular place for kitesurfing on the Gold Coast, particularly in the afternoons, when the wind picks up.Return from Kitesurfing on the Gold Coast to Water Activities
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