Exhilarating and exciting, an afternoon of kitesurfing will float the boat of all adrenaline- seeking outdoor enthusiasts with a love for water sports!
Throw in elements of wakeboarding, paragliding, windsurfing and gymnastics, and what you get is an extreme sport called windsurfing. Apart from physical demands, kitesurfers also incorporate skills such as lauching the kite, flying, landing, as well as usage of the bar, lines and safety devices.
- What Makes Phuket a Great Kitesurfing Destination?
Phuket is thought to offer ideal conditions for kitesurfing. The island has is known for having the longest windy period within the Thailand, and strong winds blowing in allows for smooth and exciting rides.
- Best Time to Kitesurf in Phuket
The best months of the year for kitesurfing in Phuket are June – August and December – February, where there are clear skies, calm seas and little rainfall. During these months, the wind speed on the island measures at 12 – 18 knots, presenting an ideal condition for kitesurfing. Check out a variety of locations in order to catch the best winds; the best conditions for kitesurfing are present in different spots around at the island at different times of the year.
- Where to Kitesurf in Phuket
The shallow waters and calm winds at the southeastern areas of the island makes it a suitable kitesurfing spot for beginners. Popular sites include Friendship Beach at Chalong Bay, Nai Yang Beach, Rawai Beach and Layan Bay. Experienced kitesurfers will have a greater variety of locations to choose from in addition to the sites above, such as Nathon, Hua Thanon and Koh Lon Island.
- Safety Gear & Precautions
A helmet, lifejacket and surf boots are essential safety equipment required for kitesurfing. If you’re taking lessons at kitesurfing schools, all equipment are usually supplied, with the exception of surf boots. This is so as the boots may contain contagious fungi that are hard to remove, so kitesurfers are advised to purchase their own. It is recommended that kitesurfers don strap-on floatable sunglasses and apply water-resistant sunscreen.
- Where to Take up Kitesurfing Lessons
KBA Kitesurfing School Phuket, Nai Yang
Excellent gear, clear instructions and a prime location earns KBA Kitesurfing School Phuket positive reviews and recommendations. A variety of equipment are sold at reasonable prices at the store, ensuring that kitesurfing novices have everything they need to get hooked on the sport.
Kite School Phuket, Nai Yang & Chalong Bay
Lessons at Kite School Phuket are conducted at Nai Yang Beach during the months of May to October, and at Chalong Bay from November to April. Kickstart your kitesurfing journey with an orientation lesson, conducted to help assess if students are keen to follow through with the remaining sessions. Students learn to handle the kite, and no board is involved in the class. Safety drills, such as what steps you should take if a line breaks, as well as handling the kite in a fixed position are components of the second class. Students will get a feel of the board in the third lesson.
Basic safety equipment, such as a helmet are provided here. A pair of surf boots will cost around 1,300 baht at the store. Full insurance coverage is included in the costs of the lessons.
Kite Zone Phuket, Chalong Bay
Classes are taught in small groups at Kite Zone Phuket to ensure that students get adequete attention and guidance. After three to five hours of training, you’ll be equipped with all necessary techniques you need to ride the board. Techniques are taught in shallow waters, with your instructor close beside you during the early stages of training.