Kitesurfing is the newest thing to hit the extreme sports world. That is why more and more people around the world are getting into it. From the US to Europe to Australia, this sport has reached even the far countries of South Africa, where it is also among the fast-rising activities that both locals and tourists love. Among these locations in South Africa is Durban.
But why is it a big hit in Durban? For one, the people are generally sporty. You'll find many sports clubs and organizations in the area. There are two marathons that locals participate in annually, aside from the national teams for sports like rugby, soccer and cricket.
Secondly, kitesurfing is considered as both a water sport and extreme sport. Taken separately, these sports are well-loved in Durban. Aside from kitesurfing, other water sports like scuba diving, surfing and sea kayaking are also very popular. As for extreme sports, it is not unusual to see clubs or groups for some extreme sports like bungee jumping, skydiving and paragliding in the area. It is therefore not surprising for kitesurfing to be a big hit among the locals.
Lastly, the steady winds of the Durban beach make it the perfect kitesurfing spot, not to mention the scenic view of the beach and the beauty of its marine life.
So what would be the perfect way to enjoy kitesurfing in Durban? First, you need to take some kitesurfing lessons. The first part involves ground handling. After you've learned how to set-up, you will then learn how to launch and control the kite. But we're not talking of a diamond-shaped lightweight material made of thin paper here. Kites are high-powered and well-designed equipment that can lift and fly well even if the winds are not that strong. The last thing to work on is the landing. A couple more lessons, and you're all set!