When people think about Australia, besides kangaroos and koalas, surfing is also one of the first things that remind them of the country. And yet, the sport was introduced in 1915 by Duke Kahanamoku from Hawaii.
After surviving an emotionally and physically abusive stepfather, multiple arrests, six years in high school, and time in drug rehab, I managed to become a lawyer and business owner. However, after overcoming such odds, I quickly became disillusioned with society’s version of success.
When asked about where to find the best surfing spots in the world, most people would answer Hawaii or Bali. Well, they are both right and wrong at the same time.
Separated from Europe by the narrow Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco is often considered an extension of the Old Continent by passionate wave riders. Having been pinned on the surf map ever since the 1950s, the country has become a stronghold for surfers from far and wide, who flock to its awesome waves to escape the cold winters back home.
Kitesurfing is a surface watersport in which the rider makes use of a large steerable kite and a board to slide on the water. The kite is connected to a harness through lines and a bar, and exploits the power of the wind. Therefore, kitesurfing can be practiced anywhere the wind speed allows, from lakes to oceans.
Kitesurfing has a smooth learning curve, and is more about coordination and less about fitness levels. Contrary to popular beliefs, it does not require strength. The harness takes up most of the force, leaving the rider’s hands free to steer the kite quite effortlessly. The safety systems stop the kite as soon as the rider’s hands leave the power bar. Investing in kitesurfing lessons is imperative if you wish to learn the techniques correctly and stay safe!
Kitesurfing offers endless opportunities to progress, as there is great freedom to perform tricks in various conditions, even in the absence of waves. Popular kitesurfing destinations include Spain, Vietnam, Morocco, Philippines, Domincan Republic, Brazil, Peru, which offer something for all levels.
Wind (strength) should be 10 knots minimum. Wind speed limit should be 30 knots maximum.
Side onshore, onshore
Morocco, Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica, Cuba
Kitesurf kite, kiteboard, kite control device, essential accessories (life jacket, wet suit, helmet, water shoe, etc.)
Inflatable kites, framed single skin kites, flat inflatable kites, ram air foil kites
Kitesurfing originates back to 1977, when Gijsbertus Adrianus Panhuise from the Netherlands received the first patent for this exciting water sport.
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