Wind, sea, and surfboards… a combination that has resulted in one of the fastest growing watersports in the world.
If you haven’t already guessed, we’re talking Kitesurfing.
What exactly is kitesurfing anyway?
Essentially, it’s an extreme water sport combining aspects of paragliding, surfing, and wakeboarding,
The kite-boarders (or surfers, the terms are used interchangeably) propel themselves across, and through, water on a surface resembling a wakeboard, using the power of large kites, similar to a paraglide, which are attached to the boards by a few lines.
It’s truly an extraordinarily thrilling sport, and offers the chance to feel connected to the elements in a way few other activities allow.
Initially new kitesurfers are learning how to balance and skim the top of the water, but as practitioners progress there are many spectacular movements that can be learned.
Even if you have no intentions of trying the sport yourselves, it’s mesmerizing to watch.
Kitesurfers will jump, fly and flip through the air looking as light as a feather as the wind supports their activities.
Unlike surfing, kitesurfing requires no waves, only wind, making it greatly accessible in many parts of the world.
One of the absolute best destinations for kitesurfing is none other that the idyllic Caribbean island of Curacao.
Curacao, 40 miles north of Venezuela and conveniently situated beneath the hurricane belt, is the “C” is the ABC islands and is part of the Netherland Antilles.
Due to Curacao’s steady 16-20 knot trade winds, relatively flat shallow open waters, and warm balmy temperatures year round, it’s an ideal destination for the sport.
Whether you’re a complete beginner or have been kitesurfing for a while, Curacao has the perfect spot to get a healthy dose of kitesurfing in.
Beginners Venture to…
St. Joris Bay. Calm waters and steady breeze define St. Joris Bay as an excellent spot to practice kitesurfing. It’s easy to spot the bay, especially on the weekends, since the telltale kites can be seen in the sky before the water even comes into view. The bay is pretty big, and is protected from the waves of the East side of the island, keep the water calm but the wind fierce. You can visit this site to check out the details on kitesurfing lessons.
Beginners and Intermediate Practitioners Venture to…
St. Willibrordus. Located on the West coast of the island, St. Willibrordus is another by protected from the waves. The water is flat, and has plenty of wind chop for good kitesurfing. Located behind the flamingo sanctuary.
Advanced Practitioners Venture to…
Klein Curacao. A small island 15 miles off the coast of Curacao, Klein Curacao (meaning little Curacao) is an incredible kitesurfing spot, but should be reserved for advanced surfers. Because the island is further out to sea, it has off shore winds which are fiercer than the trade winds that blow through the bays. There will also be other swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers, and boats roaming about. If you’re an advanced surfer, this will be a non-issue, but beginners are advised to avoid this spot.
Those are the three best spots for kitesurfing on Curacao island. Each spot is breathtakingly beautiful, and offers a unique experience. Curacao as a whole has a limitless supply of adventure, entertainment and relaxation, adding value to any kitesurfing trip. Whether you intend to stay for a few days or a few weeks, you’ll surely fall in love with the welcoming island.
When planning your getaway, be sure to book your stay at the luxurious Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. More than just a resort, Santa Barbara is an island sanctuary, a haven you can return to between the excitement and adventure of kitesurfing.
We hope you have smooth planning and happy travels!