Kite Beach: The Kiteboarding Capital of the World
Cabarete, one of the most beautiful oceanfront communities of the Dominican Republic’s north coast, is where kiteboard enthusiasts find the perfect winds for that perfect kiteboarding opportunity.
Situated a few miles from Puerto Plata’s International Airport, on the north coast, Cabarete offers the perfect weather conditions and the right training schools to attract kite enthusiasts from all over the world, and Kite Beach is the perfect meeting place for the lovers of this exciting water sport.
The town, which mostly caters to younger surfing and kiteboarding crowds, offers visitors the perfect waves and winds that will help them carry out their stunts.
Hundreds of kite surfers, as well as lovers of extreme water sports, visit the three-kilometer long beachfront community, once a quiet fishing village.
Kite Beach was literally “discovered” in the late 1990s by international kite boarders. Today, it is without a doubt one of the most important destinations for the sport.
What is Kiteboarding?
Kiteboarding, also known as kitesurfing, is quickly becoming the world’s newest and most exciting water sport. It is an extreme water sport that combines the excitement of paragliding, surfing and wakeboarding combined.
Kiteboarders propel themselves through the water on boards (similar to wakeboards or snow boards) with the help of large power kites (similar to a paraglider), attached to a bar with four or five lines.
Kite Beach is situated walking distance from downtown Cabarete, a small compact area brimming with local shops, restaurants, bars and small hotels.
The waves at Kite Beach aren’t that strong or dangerous, which is why it has become the perfect location to teach new kitesurfing enthusiasts all about the sport. There are some five kitesurfing schools in the area. Also, many kitesurfing professionals find Kite Beach to be the perfect training spot to perfect their skills.
Most Popular Kiteboarding Schools in Cabarete:
KITE CLUB CABARETE
This is one of the oldest schools in the area. With some eleven years of uninterrupted experience, some twelve certified instructors (certified by the International Kiteboarding Organization) provide new kiteboarders with all the information they need to begin to enjoy the sport. During the months of November through February thousands of kitesurfers, mainly from Canada, Switzerland and Spain visit the area. The school teaches the students all the basics they will need, specifically regarding safety measures. The basic training course is six hours (US$70 per hour).
Every three months the school offers 12-day updated training to its instructors, including first aid training. For more information: www.kiteclubcabarete.com.
This particular school has been in operation since 2001, and currently trains around 100 students per month. Audrey Meyer, the owner, says that Cabarete has become one of the world’s most important kiteboarding destinations. Students at the school learn the very basics in a nine-hour training session. The school offers US$190 three-hour training packages.
For more information, please visit: www.dare2fly.com.
This particular school has been in operation since April 2009, and has six top instructors on staff. School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and according to TripAdvisor – the international travel website – it is one of the finest in the Cabarete. Standard training packages include seven hour lessons and three supervised session for US$449. All information available at: www.gokitecabarete.com.
Owner Stefan Karl, a film industry professional, first arrived in Cabarete in 1993. His school offers three-day basic training courses. However, the school recommends 6-12 days of practice before going out on the ocean. Rates will run at around US$500 per week, or US$100 a day; including all needed equipment.
Please visit: www.kitexcite.com for more information.
Source: Access DR
August 14, 2015
Category: DR Living |