The sea offers a number of opportunities when it comes to sports activities. The azure waters of the ocean become the perfect backdrop for various fun and adventure activities such as snorkeling, deep sea diving, surfing and more. In the recent years, kitesurfing or kiteboarding has emerged as a very popular activity, especially in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
This is a very exciting activity that seems a little intimidating at first, to the uninitiated. Not only is this watersport easy to learn, but it also provides hours of fun and a lifetime of memories as well. If you are ready to learn kiteboarding, here are some facts and pointers that will set you on the right track to learn and enjoy this activity.
Kiteboarding- What to Expect
Whenever people visit any exotic beach location, they want to make the best of every moment, see everything there is to see and indulge in various activities too. When people visit the Turks and Caicos Islands, one of the first things they are curious about is whether they would be able to learn kiteboarding while they are on vacation here. The one great aspect about this sport is that it’s extremely easy to learn when compared to many other watersports.
This activity is the perfect blend of kite flying and board riding. While the activity itself is a lot of fun, it takes a while for you to find your pace, which can make it a little tricky at the outset. The good news is, once you are over that first phase, it doesn’t take long to learn the more challenging aspects of the activity. Many other sports have multiple stages that need to be mastered, which isn’t the case with kitesurfing, making it a very easy activity to learn in a matter of days.
The Basics of Kiteboarding
The trainers and instructors will be with you every step of the way while you are learning this sport. You will be provided all the equipment and gear and will be given thorough training while learning this sport. Even if you have experience with snowboarding or wakeboarding, you will have to undergo basic kiteboarding training from a professional instructor.
In kiteboarding, 80% is about managing the kite while 20% is about learning how to board. The basic lesson you go through will give you a detailed understanding of horizontal and vertical kite positions. In addition, you will be taught how to control the board, improve your familiarity with the bindings and harnesses and control the power bar as well.
Advanced Kiteboarding Techniques
Once the initial instruction is complete, the instructor will ensure that he keeps a keen eye on you when you are surfing and will also provide instructions on how to improve your posture etc. Once you find that you are more comfortable with kiteboarding, the instructor will then run you through the more advanced techniques.
On average, it doesn’t take more than 15-20 hours to learn kiteboarding and this instruction phase can be completed in stages over a matter of a few days. If you have tried kiteboarding in the past and are ready to learn some advanced techniques, these lessons typically involve mastering the kite, body dragging and learning power positions.
With a certain amount of persistence and patience, you won’t find it challenging to pick up this sport quickly. It’s fun and exhilarating and you will find that once you get the hang of it, you won’t want to get out of the water at all. This will ultimately prove to be the highlight of your vacation in the Turks and Caicos.