The sport involves standing on a wake board, which is designed shorter than a surfboard to make it highly manoeuvrable. The kite surfer holds onto a specially crafted bar which has 4 primary control lines all running up to a large 5-square metre kite. Think of it as controlling a small trick kite, only this is much larger and is capable of pulling you through, and over, the water at great speeds. By adjusting the angle of the kite in relation to the wind, kite surfers are able to propel themselves in many directions and with great haste.
In Tropical North Queensland, the popular Kite Surfing beaches are Yorkeys Knob & Port Douglas. On any day with more than 10 knots of breeze, the southern end of the beaches will be lined with kite surfers trying to jump waves and dodge each other in the surf. Spectators are always amazed to watch the kite surfers in action.
To get to Yorkeys Knob, follow the Bruce Highway north from Cairns until you reach the Yorkeys Knob roundabout. Turn right here and follow the access road all the way to the beach. From there, you can't miss the fluorescent kites shooting across the beach.
People interested in learning how to Kite Surf can now take some lessons in Port Douglas during their holiday to practice to grasp the basics. This is not an activity you can participate in just one afternoon of leisure as you will find you will soon become addicted.
You need to know how to swim and how to survive in the water with equipment hanging from you. You need to master being body-dragged through the water while flying the kite above your head. And you need to master standing on a surfboard while holding onto a large kite.
Then there are gybes, tacks, jumps, recoveries etc. Sound easy? I didn't think so.
Having a background in sailing or wind physics is a great help when learning this sport.
Kitesurfing & Stand Up Paddle Boarding | Port Douglas Low Isles | WND-SWLL
- Departs From: Sugar Wharf Public Jetty
7.5 hours (approx)
Kitesurfing and Stand up paddle boarding lessons are high energy activities that require you to be physically fit and ready for a day of action on the waters of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Glide across the waters attached to a kite and paddle a stand up board around the Low Isles to see the soft coral and sea turtles
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Tour | Rainforest River | Port Douglas | WND-SWLL
- Departs From:
2.5 to 3 hours (approx)
Half Day stand up paddle (SUP) boarding tour available from Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland. This tour takes a maximum of 16 guests to ensure everyone get to spend a great time.