Kiteboarding is a relatively new form of water sports that is rapidly growing in popularity in Turks and Caicos and all over the world. The sport combines aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, paragliding and surfing. Participants wear a harness attached to a large kite, and then balance on a surfboard. The wind is captured by the kite, which in turn propels the kiteboarder forward.
The most common type of kiteboarding in the Turks and Caicos is freestyle. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned kiteboarder, the almost constant tradewinds that prevail and the clear turquoise waters provide fabulous conditions for the sport.
There are several local kiteboarding businesses from which to take lessons and rent equipment, with highly qualified instructors to offer expert and safe instruction. Lessons are held on Long Bay Beach which has the ideal conditions for learning, located a 10 minute drive from the Alexandra Resort.
While Long Bay is often the first place to start a Turks and Caicos kiteboarding excursion due to its endless shallow waters, Grace Bay offers superb conditions for advanced riders when north or northeast winds are blowing. Grace Bay will give you swells to chop hop, shore break to surf and miles of beaches to launch from and land on. Advanced riders can venture out to the north shore reef to ride waves.
If you want to truly experience the Turks and Caicos kiteboarding experience, attend WindVibes. The 9th annual event will be held on Providenciales on July 5, 2015. This one day event invites watersports enthusiasts to participate in kiteboarding, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. Landlubbers will also enjoy some activities on the beach, and participants of all ages can indulge in island food, music and a relaxing day on the beach. WindVibes is sponsored in part by Blue Haven Resort and Marina, a sister property to Alexandra Resort.
For more information and to plan your Turks and Caicos kiteboarding vacation, contact www.alexandraresort.com.