Kite Boarding

Kite surfing in Hatteras, North Carolina

Freezing water soaked through the leather on the inside of my neoprene gloves. The bone-chilling cold numbed my fingers. I knew that my hands were holding the bar but I couldn’t feel it. The left side of my face seemed to be covered with icing. Every body part would rather be in the hot tub.…

Kite spot California: Waddell Creek Beach

Crisp waves, high as a tall man, roll to the broad beach. The steady North-West wind make Waddell Creek Beach one of the best spots for kiteboarding and wind surfing. It’s clearly not a spot for newbies. It’s the one great spot for pros between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. When the wind picks up around…

Kite spot California: Alameda Beach

Time to explore the Californian Kite spots! The first one is a beginner friendly location in the San Francisco Bay: Alameda Beach, officially known as Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach. A long sandy beach, shallow waves and the San Francisco Skyline on the horizon: it is a great spot. Not only for kite surfers though.…

Seeking the caribbean kitesurfing treasure

A crew of Three went forth on their quest for ‘The best kitesurfing spot for Beginners’ in the Caribbean Sea, with Puerto Rico as their first aim. The Island’s northside is famous among surf pros and feared for its man-high waves. The island promises a strong wind during February and so the Three dared the…

Puerto Rico Kitespot: Las Mareas

Puert Rico Kitespot Las Mareas

Sunburned faces, shedding noses, burning muscles, a solid sand-sunscreen mixture in every wrinkle, scratches and bruises well-distributed over the body… we are ready for the next kite day in Puerto Rico. Yesterday’s spot was a surprise. Only 16 minutes from Punta Pozuelo is the ocean kitespot Las Mareas. Take the PR-710 south till you reach…

Puerto Rico Kitespot: Punta Pozuelo

Puerto Rico Kitespot ~ Punta Pozuelo

Life could go on forever like this: waking up in the morning at cock-crow, watching a warm shower go down on the tropical plants before sunrise, driving to the kitespot at breakfast time and kite, kite, kite all day long at sunny 82°F, only observed by palm trees and pelicans. Looking for a beginners kite…

Puerto Rico Kitespot: Punta Guilarte

Enough with 40-50 °F, cloudy and rainy weather! We are off to Puerto Rico, seeking the sun and searching the best kitespot for beginners: steady, slightly on-shore wind without big waves, a sufficiently large beach for launching and not too many bathing people. Today’s kite spot was Punta Guilarte: a shallow, wide bay with warm,…

How kitesurfers survive the winter ~ Snow kiting

Snowkiting Tug Hill 2012

January. This year one day is ice cold, the next day sunny and warm in New York City; followed by another ice cold day. On springlike days we check the wind forecast every other hour to find out if there might be enough wind for some kitesurfing. Maybe tomorrow? Dreams of summer, beach and kitesurfing.…

Kitesurfing in North Carolina

Kite Boarding Hatteras, North Carolina

I kept asking the instructor ‘What about this weekend?’ but the answer was for too many weeks in a row ‘Offshore wind, sorry, can’t do it’. Impatiently I was hoping for a change in the wind direction to get the kite boarding beginners lesson. But the wind stubbornly blew from North without mercy. As the…