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Enjoy the thrill of kitesurfing…

Kitesurfing (also known as ‘kiteboarding’) involves an inflated kite which pulls a board strapped to the surfer, over water. Wind propels the kite onward and that enables the surfer’s board to skim the water surface and move forward.

If you are physically fit and aspire to be a kitesurfer, to begin with you need to undergo a 6 to 10 hours training offered by instructors who are present at the kitesurfing locations. They teach surfing techniques, kite manoeuvring techniques, riding waves as well as safety procedures. You would also be taught about wind patterns, speed and directions. The body governing this sport is IKO (International Kiteboarding Organisation) and instructors as well as courses offered are IKO-certified.

Kitesurfing in India…

The most popular locations in India for kitesurfing are Morjim, Arambol and Ashwem beaches in Goa. Kovalam beach in Kerala as well as coastal areas of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are also visited by kitesurfing enthusiasts. All these locations get consistent winds of around 20 knots. The best time for practicing this sport in Goa is from October to April.

Some of the establishments which have been set up for training in kitesurfing are listed in Resources below. They also provide kitesurfing gear either for sale or on rent.

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Goa

Goa Kitesurfing

This kitesurfing school has been operational at Morjim beach since 2006. Trained instructors teach you to enjoy kitesurfing safely.

Morjim Beach, Goa

097669 95466

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Goa

Vaayu Watermans's Village

Offer a comprehensive program to learn kitesurfing from IKO-certified instructors. Cost: Rs1500 for 1 hour rental of gear and Rs 3000 for 1 hour lesson.

Opp Holy Cross Chapel, Aswem-Mandrem Beach Road, Ashwem, Goa

085548 33885, 098500 50403

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Goa

Yogi Kiting

Philippe is India's first IKO certified instructor and he has been teaching in Goa since 2004. He is also a qualified PKSF UK instructor for power kiting, kite land boarding and kite buggy.

Morjim Beach Goa, Montego Bay Resort, Morjim, Goa

Philippe Dartnell

070309 72954, 098604 52162, 098103 10509

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Mumbai

Quest Adventure's Mandwa Beach Kite School

India’s leading Kiteboarding school, offering Kiteboarding lessons by qualified Kiteboarding instructors along with certifications to ensure safe growth of Kiteboarding in the country.

086571 95551

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