I first moved to Playa del Carmen to work as a scuba instructor, but life and its twists and turns have led me to a different path. However the ocean still calls me and I try to dive and visit the beach as much as I can. The Riviera Maya has always been popular for its reefs and pristine beaches, I remember years ago hearing about my uncles’, cousins’, friends father’s experience diving in Cozumel or in Playa, and although it is still a very popular sport, and will continue to be as long as we take care of our reefs, another sport has come into popularity, kite surfing or kite boarding.
It’s hard not to notice the huge colorful kites gliding in the air, when lounging on a beach chair. Ranging from different sizes, depending on the speed of the wind, kite surfing has become very popular through out the Riviera Maya. A mix between skiing and windsurfing, the point is to hop on a wide medium-sized board and let the wind take you up and down the coast. There are many kite surf schools in the Riviera Maya, as well as a huge kite surf community.
Because this sport depends fully on wind, the Riviera Maya is a great place to practice it, with constant winds that blow throughout the year, and if for whatever reason there is no wind in one particular place, all you need to do is drive a few kilometers up or down the coast.
Many of my friends are kite surfers, and given that the kite surfing community is pretty tight knit, I have come to meet great kite surfers who compete for international awards. After about a year of watching their kite gracefully fly from one end of the coast to another I decided to try it out. Having had plenty of sailing experience before, I figured it would be easy, honestly how difficult can balancing on a board and controlling an 8-meter kite be? Trust me it sounds more difficult than it looks. Training begins with a trainer kite, a very small version of what you actually use, practicing the feel of the wind, the zen position (meaning controlling the kite so it doesn’t move form side to side) and figure eights. This I was able to complete in a span of 3 hours, piece of cake, right? The difficult part began when my abs began to get sore, as well as my arm muscles, I had no idea it took so much strength. That’s when I realized that kite surfing is not only a great way to have fun and feel as though you are flying, but it’s also a great work out. The next session consisted of dragging in the water, you need to get used to the drag, as well as practicing how to pick yourself up once the board is on your feet.
I actually haven’t begun to officially kite surf yet, I still need a few more hours training, but like with any other sport it all depends how much time you invest in it. I have a girl friend who doesn’t know how to swim that was kite surfing within two weeks, however, she would go everyday after work to train.
The beauty of this sport is that, not only do you get a complete body workout, but it actually makes you feel as though you can fly, feel free from everything, zipping up and down the coast; at least that’s what’s attracted me the most to kite surfing.
Greetings from the tropical water of the Riviera Maya!
KSM Kiteschool Mexico: https://www.facebook.com/bluevenadoXtremecenter
Asociacion Mexicana de Kiteboard: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kitemexico/
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Moskito Riviera Maya
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