Thursday, 23 May 2013

Kitesurfing in Seychelles


Kitesurfing, or kiteboarding as it is also commonly known as, is a surface water sport that combines various aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding and sometimes even gymnastics into one thrill-a-second extreme sport. A kitesurfer harnesses the power of mind using a large controllable power kite, and then propels himself across the water on a kiteboard, which is similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard.

Anyone daring enough to try the sport can participate, but it is certainly not something that one pick up overnight. Many hours of practice and preparation are involved learning to control the kite before even attempting to venture off the beach and into the water. Physical fitness always plays a big role, as handling a kite that size has its physical challenges. However, those who have mastered the sport can do some amazing things, with all kinds of daring acrobatic, wave-riding stunts being performed. Some kitesurfers have also been known to travel extraordinary distances with their boards and kite.

One of the few downsides to this sport however is that it cannot be performed just anywhere; it is extremely reliant on conditions, with wind naturally being the most important of those conditions. Cross-shore and cross-onshore are the best for kitesurfing.

For this reason, kitesurfers of the world are now travelling to the Seychelles to find new kitesurfing spots. Certain spots are becoming very popular in the kitesurfing community due to the ideal weather conditions and strong trade winds that the Seychelles offers. However all the spots enjoy different peculiarities that are worth knowing. Below is some information on a few of the kitesurfing spots around Seychelles, as well as a few pictures and a video to give to give those who don’t know very much about the sport an idea of what is involved.

For any keen kitesurfers out there, get in contact with us at
www.seychellesyachtcharter.com and let us make your dream holiday a reality! 




Mahe Island / Anse aux Pins

Shallow, Flat, Chop, Medium Wave (1-3m). Lagoon of around 500m with nice waves on the reef (can be dangerous and very shallow).

Beach
Beach is great at low tide but tends to be quite small at high tide. Sometimes it’s a bit difficult to take off or land your kite.

Wind
Two opposing trade winds generally govern the weather pattern: The North-westerly trades blow from October to March when wind speeds average from 8-12 knots, and the brisker south-easterly trades blow from May to September with winds of between 10-20 knots.

How to get there
Located south of the Airport. From the airport, turn left and drive south for about 3.5km on the main road. Ascend a hill and as you descend the other side, you’ll see Katiolo Nightclub on the left (at the deep bend in the road). From that point onwards there are several places where you will be able to park your car and access the beach.




Cerf Island and Long Island

The water is very clear with beautiful colours. There is a big lagoon with several islands surrounding. Flat to choppy water.

Beach
Beach completely sheltered, so you have to walk in the water with your kite to reach the windy zone. Prison is located on Long Islands but might. On Long Island there is a nice sand bank to take off.

Wind
The wind blows from the Southeast during the monsoon season and is channelled between Cerf Island and Long Island. Two opposing trade winds generally govern the weather pattern, with the North-westerly trades blowing from October to March when wind speeds average from 8-12 knots, and the brisker south-easterly trades blow from May to September with winds of between 10-20 knots.

How to get There
Speak to us about chartering one of our boats to take you there from Mahe.


La Digue / Anse Source d Argent

The water is very clear with beautiful colours. There is a big lagoon with several islands around. Flat to choppy water.

Wind
As with Cerf and Long Islands, there are two opposing trade winds that generally govern the weather pattern: The North-westerly trades blow from October to March when wind speeds average from 8-12 knots, and the brisker south-easterly trades blow from May to September with winds of between 10-20 knots.

How to get There
Speak to us about chartering one of our boats to take you there from Mahe.

 

 And of course, a video from YouTube giving you a visual of kitesurfing in our paradise!














1 comment:

  1. Kitesurfing, or kiteboarding as it is also commonly known as, is a surface water sport that combines various aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding and sometimes even gymnastics into one thrill-a-second extreme sport. singles holidays

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