Kitesurfing in Puerto Vallarta: Flying over the Waves
By Betsua Salazar
Translated by Nyima Bieber
Kitesurfing is another exciting water sport practiced in Vallarta-Nayarit. It consists of being pulled by a kite as you glide over the water on small surf-like board. The idea is to be able to keep your balance, maneuver the board and do tricks in the air. The kite is attached to the body of the kiteboarder by four to five cords.
Although it is a sport that requires training, on the beaches of Banderas Bay you’ll find people to train you and who make the sport available to tourists as a vacation activity. There’s even the Wind Festival in Bucerias, where professional kiteboarders compete to be the best in the sport.
To get started you’ll need to take a course on how to handle the kite; the most important thing is to be able to control it. It’s also very important to check the weather- too much wind can be dangerous.
This is an extreme sport designed for those seeking a thrilling experience on the waves. If you’re wondering whether you can do it, you might be interested to know that an 11-year-old girl was crowned the world kiteboarding champion. You don’t need to be very strong or have practiced something similar, but to do any tricks you will need experience.
Experts who offer kitesurfing in Puerto Vallarta can let you know about the safest areas and best time of day for this sport. There are people who come all the way here just to kiteboard (last year the world championship was held here).
If you have the chance to visit us, don’t hesitate to try one of the many extreme sports Puerto Vallarta has to offer.
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