When the good ole surfboard gets too slow for your taste, you must give kite surfing a shot. Kitesurfing or kiteboarding is a variation of surfing which takes the adventure quotient up a few notches. The crazy love child of windsurfing, traditional surfing, paragliding with aspects of a couple of other board sports, kitesurfing is an extreme sport like which demands extreme fitness, high level of skill and agility and balance, unlike any other water sport. This nerve-wracking experience would satisfy the adventure enthusiast in you like no other sport will.
Imagine being suspended from an inflatable wing, while cutting through seawater balancing on board. Enthralling, isn’t it! The larger atmosphere and wind pressure captured by the kite in proportion to the board generates high speed which is the primary virtue of this sport and puts it above any other watersport.
With a massive coastline, some 7000 kilometres long, coupled with a peninsular shape, the eastern coastline of India receives strong winds ideal for this adrenaline-pumping sport. Though kitesurfing in India may not be as popular as other sports like paragliding and jet skiing, India does see a considerable number of enthusiasts and professionals from all over the world flocking to these coastlines throughout the year to try their hand at the sport.
Kiteboarding as a professional and recreational sport is carried out throughout the Indian coastline but the ideal spots to do it depend on the flow and direction of the winds along the coast. Among the various kiteboarding venues in the country, there are four major locations that attract the majority of enthusiasts and professionals. Most kiteboarding spots would have private kite schools with courses taught by professionals.