Kite surfing or kite boarding is an individual primarily recreational sport. It is conducted on open areas of water, which can be shallow or deep, flat or bumpy, in preferably constant winds between 8 - 30 knots.
The 'kiter' aims to fly the kite in a pattern to produce power to pull him/herself along the surface of the water across the wind, following the same basic principles as sailing. There is no motor power involved.
One of the best things about kite surfing is the fact that you can choose to ride in so many different ways. Many people start out riding freestyle with a twin-tip board, and then explore other styles of riding once their skills progress.
When you first start kite surfing, you may get the impression that there is a secret language! As with any sport, there are many terms that have specific meaning in kite surfing which become familiar over the years. Here's a list of some of the common terms you'll hear.
As a beginner, a steady wind and flat water is what you want. Ideal wind strength is between 12 and 18 knots.
At coastal beaches the ideal is usually a cross shore or cross onshore wind, as it allows you to sail out and back to the same spot, but even if you do go downwind (which is inevitable while learning) you will still come back into shore and be able to walk back to where you started. As the predominant summer seabreeze, the famous 'Fremantle Doctor' is our best example of cross onshore wind.
Western Australia is one of the best kite surfing locations in the world. We have consistent seabreeze winds and stunning beaches with perfect flat water conditions through to world class waves.
Have a look through our locations section of this website to learn more about where you can kite in WA. Please also be sure to carefully read the location guide for that particular spot as it will have important safety and access information you need to be aware of.
You can also download the WAKSA locations guide as a PDF.