Kite surfing, also know as Kiteboarding, is a sport of navigation through the use of a traction kite that is fastened to the athlete (kiter) by 4 or 5 ropes, two of which are attached to the bar on the rigging, and the remaining 2 or 3 pass through the middle of the bar and attach to kiter’s body by a harness, allowing the kiter to glide over the water on a board designed specifically for this purpose.
The basic equipment needed for Kitesurfing is: Kite, traction bar, harness, board, and ropes (whether 2,4,or 5). Be sure to include also the necessary safety gear such as a life jacket (for flotation or impact), wetsuit and socks.
To begin this sport, experts recommend taking an introductory course which teaches the basic techniques, and because it is a risky sport, you’ll learn also the basic safety standards and rescue procedures for what to do in the event of equipment breaking, the kite collapsing, and so on. This sport in inexperienced hands can be dangerous, but well done is a very exciting sport that is adrenaline pumping.
The recommended spots for Kitesurfing are: Isla Blanca, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. It is important to check the weather and wind conditions before kiting.
(Ikarus Kitesurf Shop & School)