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Kite Surfing is an extreme sport that is readily available to the general public. One of the main attractions of Kite Surfing is the potential for making huge jumps, flying through the air for considerable distances and being given the opportunity to perform awe inspiring tricks. Kite Surfing is a surface water sport that uses the wind to propel a rider holding a…

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Kite Surfing is an extreme sport that is readily available to the general public. One of the main attractions of Kite Surfing is the potential for making huge jumps, flying through the air for considerable distances and being given the opportunity to perform awe inspiring tricks. Kite Surfing is a surface water sport that uses the wind to propel a rider holding a large controllable kite through the water on a small surfboard. Kite Surfing is now possible in most major beach destinations and can be enjoyed by most age groups. The most suitable locations are those with a consistent, steady side onshore winds, large open bodies of water and good launch areas.

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We provide cover for Residents of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and British Forces Posted Overseas.

Popular Locations for Kite Surfing

Le Morne, Mauritius Le Morne forms a peninsula on the south-western most tip of the island. With around 300 windy days a year and winds reaching up to 30 knots it is a Mecca for kite surfers.

Boracay, Philippines The island of Boracay is located approximately 200 miles south of Manila and is known as the best kite surfing spot in Asia. It is a great place to learn how to kite surf or to develop new skills; there are plenty of kites urfing schools in Boracay to choose from. November through to April is the best time to Kite surfing here as the waters are shallow and flat on shore.

Tarifa, Spain Located in the Straight of Gibraltar, this area is a popular location for kite surfers from all over the world as the straight forms a wind tunnel with winds often reaching up to 40 knots.

Nabq, Egypt Nabq is located on the south-eastern coast of the Sinai Peninsula between Sharm-el-Sheikh and Dahab; it is a popular spot for kite surfers due to its constant high winds (blowing 20 knots or more) and the vast stretch of shallow of water making it an ideal spot for beginners or the more advanced Kite Surfer learning new tricks.

Maui, Hawaii Maui is credited for being the birthplace of modern kite surfing in the 90s and was home to the first competition in sport. There is a designated spot for kite surfing called Kanaha Beach, also known as the Kite Beach due to the high number of kite surfers that flock there. Kanaha Beach attracts people of all levels, from the first timer to the seasoned professional.

Cumbuco, Brazil Cumbuco is a small fishing village in the North East of Brazil, 40 minutes north of Fortaleza. It is known as one of the best places in the world to kite surf due to its spectacular lagoons and endless beaches. Cumbuco has perfect conditions for kite surfing, with mild air an ocean temperatures and strong consistent winds from June through to February.

Popular Kite Surfing Competitions

Rodrigues International Kitesurf Festival, Mauritius The Rodrigues International kite surf festival is an annual event held on Rodrigues Island, 550 kilometres north east of the Island of Mauritius. The event is open to amateurs and professionals and takes place in June.

Miami Kite boarding Masters The Miami Kite boarding Masters is held in Crandon Park, Miami in spring of each year and is the longest running kiting competition in Florida. The competition is open to professional and semi professional kite surfers and is divided into Mens, Womens and Junior Racing and Freestyle events.

Bridge of the Gods Kite boarding Festival The Bridge of the Gods Kite boarding festival is the longest running amateur Kite boarding competition in the USA; it takes place at Columbia River Gorge, Washington in July of each year hosting amateurs and professionals from around the world.

Common Injuries 

Because of the high speed and inherent nature of Kite Surfing there are a number of potentially fatal risks, it is therefore always recommended to have a few lessons with an experienced Instructor to learn the basic principles of the sport before going out on your own.

Most Kite Surfing accidents and fatalities are the result of being either dragged out of control by big gusts of wind or by colliding with other objects, including sand. Hitting the water at certain speeds or from a height can also cause injuries.

Once again because of the high speeds and high winds there is the risk of the kite strings getting tangled and its important to have a system where the kite lines can be detached and to carry a knife to cut the lines if need be.

Kite Surfing in off shore winds is also strongly discouraged due to the risk of being taken further out to sea than the surfer can easily swim back. You also face the risk of sharks, crocodiles and other such marine life forms, depending on the area in which you are going Kite Surfing.

Important Information

You must ensure that you are adequately supervised, that appropriate safety equipment (such as a life jacket etc.) are worn at all times and you do not participate in Kite Surfing for more than 90 days in any one Period of Insurance.

This activity does not provide Accidental Death & Disability Benefit or Personal Liability cover.

The JS Travel Insurance policy is underwritten by Travel Insurance Facilities and Insured by Union Reiseversicherung AG, UK. Travel Insurance Facilities are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Union Reiseversicherung AG are authorised by BaFin and subject to limited regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority.


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