Blowing in the wind
North Cyprus is hot and dry, there’s no doubt about it. It also happens to be windy at times, a fact which makes it the ideal spot for those who enjoy kitesurfing.
Kitesurfing, also known as kiteboarding, is a thrilling and exciting water sport that combines elements of windsurfing, paragliding, and wakeboarding. It involves riding on a board while being pulled by a kite, which is controlled by the rider using a set of lines and a control bar.
One of the reasons for kitesurfing’s popularity is the versatility of the sport. Kitesurfers can ride in a variety of conditions, from choppy waves to flat water. They can also perform a wide range of tricks, from basic jumps and turns to more advanced manoeuvres such as megaloops and kite loops. The windy season is from April-May and in September-October, the gusts still suitable for beginners.
In contrast with the southern part of the island, the North Cyprus beaches are mainly quiet, allowing kitesurfers to quietly choose their place to prepare and launch.
There are many kitesurf spots in North Cyprus. Morphou Bay and the coastline along Gaziveren are the most popular.
Kitesurfing is an extreme sport that requires a combination of skill, strength, and knowledge to be enjoyed safely. However, with proper training and equipment, kitesurfing can be a safe and enjoyable sport. It’s important to learn the basic techniques for launching, landing, and controlling the kite. Wearing a personal flotation device and a helmet is also a must to minimise the risk of injury
You should understand the wind and weather conditions before heading out on the water. Kitesurfing is best done in moderate to strong winds, but if the winds are too strong, it can be dangerous. You must also understand the Venturi Effect – that when wind passes between two obstacles, such as nearby buildings, the wind speed will increase as it is forced through the gap between them.
Trainers at schools such as the Aphrodite Resort promise to teach beginners the basic skills of this fascinating sport within only eight hours. There is a kids’ Surf Club in nearby Yedidalga.
For professionals who prefer a more extreme type of kitesurfing the winter season is a good choice, when the wind blows stronger, though not permanently. Thanks to the mild climate the winter temperature does not drop below 10 degrees, and the water stays at or above 16 degrees Celsius.