Kite Surfing

Kitesurfing In Cancun Mexico

What is kitesurfing? It’s a style of kiteboarding that’s detailed to riding the waves – using boards specifically shaped for the purpose. It’s all about using the wind to power the large kite and sail the waters – and Cancun is one of the best spots for kitesurfing in Mexico.

Kitesurfing is easy to learn and pick up – although it’s very much dependant on the weather conditions. Interested to find out more? Go kitesurfing in Cancun Mexico: here is all you need to know to get you started…

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Choosing the Right Season

The kite season for kitesurfing in Cancun is primarily from November to June. This is known as the windy season as winds are consistent, just varying from south to north. During November and up until April the “Season of the Norths” affects the temperature of the winds as the cold fronts come from Canada and the USA.

These strong northerly winds can get extremely cold, but as soon as they turn south-easterly the temperature begins to rise. From April through May the winds become hot.

Kitesurfing Gear

Kitesurfing equipment will be included when you take your kitesurfing lessons. Basic pieces will include:

  • The kite – you’ll be taught how to check for leaks when setting up and ensuring there’s no visible damage
  • The bar – starting out with five lines will help with skills such as relaunching so the lines need to be cut and fray-free
  • The waist harness – a seat harness may be used when you’re first learning
  • Safety leash – this is imperative for when you enter the water
  • Wetsuit – depending on the water and wind temperature you’ll want to wear one – a neoprene suit of 4/3 mm or 5/3 mm is recommended during the “Season of the Norths”
  • A helmet – to prevent any head injuries
  • Water shoes – an option if you want to avoid any cuts to the feet

 

Beginner Levels

Kitesurfing for beginners starts with the discovery of kitesurfing itself. Teaching will cover the basic aspects of theory, techniques, and control – leading into becoming an independent rider. You’ll learn:

  • Wind and place conditions including wind windows
  • All about kites, kite handling, and safety systems
  • Basic and advanced kite landing with an assistant
  • Launching and kite landing with an assistant

 

Intermediate Levels

During the intermediate class level, you’ll be taught:

  • Self-rescue
  • Downwind and upwind body drag with and without the board
  • Kite relaunch in the water

 

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Advanced Levels

Advanced level learning brings together all of the techniques previously learned alongside continuous improvement onboard positioning, navigation and relaunch. The theory covers wind and place conditions, wind window, and kite knowledge including handling and safety procedures.

You’ll also revise and practice:

  • Basic and advanced kite control
  • Launching and landing kite with an assistant and as an assistant
  • Self-rescue
  • Downwind and upwind body drag with and without a board
  • Kite relaunch in the water

Full details of kitesurfing class options, prices, and duration of lessons can be found on our Kitesurfing Lessons Page

Windsurfing Versus Kitesurfing

Windsurfing vs kitesurfing – just what is the difference? See below:

Windsurfing

  • Involves more physical endurance to start due to holding the harness and steering the board
  • Better technology so no need to continually update gear
  • Sails are more durable
  • Better-suited to sustain long gusts of wind
  • Launching and landing can be made from the shore without help
  • Better stability as technical skills allow for depowering the sail
  • The sail is controlled much more directly

 

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Kitesurfing

  • Easy to start with a smaller learning curve
  • Less need for a centre of balance strength as the sail is further away
  • Has a larger window to acquire wind – approximately 100 ft compared to windsurfers 15ft
  • The larger wind window has more power for waves
  • Kites are more fragile and harder to recover following a collision
  • Tends to be more dangerous as you’re at the mercy of your kite

 

Kitesurfing Versus Kiteboarding

Kitesurfing vs kiteboarding – what’s the difference here? Read on…

Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding refers to a “twin tip” board which performs equally well whether you ride with the left or right tip facing forward

Combines aspects of surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing and paragliding

Kitesurfing

Uses a directional board designed to handle the extra stress and can only be ridden forward for wave riding

Kitesurfing is a style of kiteboarding specific to wave riding

Discover Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing in Cancun with Koox is a safe and really enjoyable experience – you’ll be able to arrange a three-hour private lesson with practice to get you started on your kitesurfing journey! All equipment is included and no experience is required – wave programme progression depends on experience. And you’ll get an official certificate on completion of your course.

Once you’re ready to go you’ll be able to kitesurf in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea – the ideal place to improve your kitesurfing skills. With vast white beaches surrounded by wild mangroves and huge lagoons, you’ll simply be in paradise.