Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka – An epic experience

A hobby to some and a leisure to another whichever the way, Kitesurfing is one of the most adventurous water sports in Sri Lanka. Kitesurfing also can be referred to as Kiteboarding or sky boarding which has taken a lot of attention from a particular set of people who loves watersports.

Kitesurfing in basic terms is pulling yourself around on a board on top of water and the kite is controlled by a bar and line that interface with your harness, which is worn around your waist or midsection. By flying the kite into different patterns, it generates power which could also be used to jump high in the air. Professional kite boarders can jump 50 to 60 feet high and keep flowing for 10 seconds approximately if the conditions are suitable for it.

With almost 1600 km of palm bordered Coastlines baked to perfection surrounding the Island Sri Lanka is the perfect location for beach bums around the world. May it be windsurfing, scuba diving, kayaking, water skiing, yachting or extend lazing around for the ideal tan and Sri Lanka presents them all. Especially in the Kalpitiya region Kitesurfing is famous since it has suitable weather conditions and a magnificently designed beach by Mother Nature.




The best times for Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka

One of the famous and best spots for kitesurfing is Kalpitiya, where the wind blows constantly day and night during the times of May and September from 20 knots, peaking at 30. As per other coastal areas of Sri Lanka, the two monsoon winds provides winds to the country at various periods and during the times between November to March the north east wind make the south western coast sunny and the sea calm, hence it is not the perfect time for kitesurfing and especially in the western coastal area of Kalpitiya. This is due to the reason of the warm winds which build throughout the day and last until sunset.

Arugam bay beach is also well known for beach sports among the eastern beaches since it has a decent wind blowing from December to March, still not consist enough for perfect kitesurfing dates, Still when the weather does not serve the kite surfers it brings out a great opportunity for the kite surfers to enjoy the best golden beaches of Sri Lanka and to explore this adventurous island.

Kitesurfing Equipment for rent

For tourist visiting Sri Lanka for Kitesurfing, can refer to the below mention table for equipment rental cost ideas.

1 day 3 days 5 days 1 week 10 days 2 weeks
Board Rs.3,277/- Rs.8,194/- Rs.13,111/- Rs.16,388/- Rs.21,305/- Rs.28,680/-
Kite Rs.9,833/- Rs.24,583/- Rs.37,694/- Rs.49,166/- Rs.63,916/- Rs.85,221/-
Harness Rs.1,638/- Rs.4,097/- Rs.5,736/- Rs.8,194/- Rs.10,652/- Rs.13,930/-
Boots Rs.819/- Rs.1,638/- Rs.2,458/- Rs.3,277/- Rs.4,097/- Rs.4,916/-
Full equipment Rs.9,833/- Rs.24,583/- Rs.37,694/- Rs.49,166/- Rs.63,916/- Rs.85,221/-
All prices are in Sri Lankan Rupees. The equipment is checked daily for optimal safety and learning experience

Tips on how to kitesurf

1. Inflate your kite

First of all, make sure to put your kite together so that you can get it in the air. Lay your kite on its back, interface it with a pump to inflate it, setting up a kite for the first time may not be a difficult but it would be easier if you have someone who has the experience of setting up a kite just to make sure the process goes smoothly.

  • Tie your kite on something firm when inflating, hence it would not blow away.
  • It would be convenient for you to learn on the beach or at a park (on land) than at the sea.
  • It is not a necessity to stay in water to learn kitesurfing.
  • 2. Launching your kite.

    Walk in reverse, downwind towards the launching point, laying out your line neatly behind you as you go. Your friend should turn the kite over and remain with the kite prepared to get the wind. When you are prepared, give your friend a sign to launch the kite. It should fly up and as high as possible, while being centered.

    3. Work on flying

    Getting used to fly your kite on land would become helpful to understand the power of the winds and it without losing it since you are responsible for the kite at any circumstances.

    4. Practicing

    Work on your kite until you can get the practice and to keep it without losing control.

    5. Top Tips when Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka

    Kitesurfing is combination of many skills which brings excitement within the sport. Kitesurfing does not require a great amount of strength still a moderate level of physical fitness and endurance will make this sport possible for anyone. Men and woman at all ages who loves watersports should give a try to kitesurf at some part of their life.

    6. Pick the right surf kite

    A kite with high stability would be beneficial for a beginner and a beginner’s kite is usually smaller. Maximum upwind drive is also important. You can pick a kite of your choice when you gain a little experience.

  • Choose a kite that suits your bodyweight and it should be clearly labeled too.
  • Beginner kites are usually 2.5-3.5m from wingtip to wingtip.
  • In case you have doubts about your kite, do not hesitate to ask the shop employee.
  • 7. Select a kite surfing board

    It is important that you pick the correct surfing board. Do not pick someone else’s board since every surfer is different, hence it is important that you choose a board that is comfortable for you. A beginner would usually prefer a larger and much stable board, hence a beginner should pick a board that is appropriate to his/her weight as advertised.

    Try to get a non-heavy board and you should be able to carry it in one hand.

  • Your board shouldn’t be too heavy. You should be able to carry it in one hand.
  • Make sure it has safe bindings to keep your feet interfaced to the board.
  • When you gain more experience on kitesurfing, you can get a board with a handle to put some tricks.
  • 8. Get together your safety equipment

    In addition to having secure bindings on your board you will need safety equipment. It is important that you get a helmet and a jacket at least, especially if you’re a beginner. You’ll want a life jacket and a helmet at the very least, especially if you are a beginner.

    When kite surfing, make sure to have a proper swimwear.

    9. Kitesurfing safety equipment

    Helmet:
    It is advisable that you have a helmet which reflects the value of your head. Hence purchase a proper helmet rather than choosing the cheapest helmet.
    Impact Vest/Personal Flotation Device:
    Experienced kite boarders wear impact vests to protect their ribs when they are practicing new tricks.

    10. Accommodation

    Enjoy water sporting activities in Sri Lanka at the same time enjoy the luxurious accommodation that the island has to offer. Few resorts in Kalpitiya are suggested below.

    Bar reef Resort

    Accommodation at Bar Reef Resort Alankuda, Kalpitiya highlights three sorts of settings; seven garden cabanas, Four Beach Cabanas and Two Villas. Each of these was set inside their own particular private fenced in areas in the midst of wonderful common environment, exclusively arranged for every property, with an open air washroom to make you one with nature. The gentle stirring of the palm fronds in the midst of delicate golden rays together with the vibe of the sea sand underneath your feet will give you an incredible relaxation along with leisure.

    Cost ideas for the peak season, full board occupancies.

  • Single Occupancy- $155
  • Double Occupancy- $210
  • Up to 4 persons, Villa Occupancy- $470
  • Dolphin beach resort

    After Kitesurfing at the Kalpitiya beach, this Dolphin beach is one of the best places to relax and enjoy some fine Sri Lankan cuisine.

    There are two options for accommodation:

  • Standard tents
  • Family tents
  • Cost ideas for the peak season, full board occupancies.

  • Single Occupancy- $230
  • Double Occupancy- $285
  • Kite Paradise resort

    This magnificent Kite Paradise resort is the ideal spot for kitesurfing and to rest yourself after an adventurous day at the sea. Each room at Kite Paradise resort is comfortably made for the kite surfers to relax and enjoy their time here.

    Accommodation options

  • Tropical cabanas with attached outdoor bathroom. The option to stay at full board basis includes breakfast and dinner at the resort.
  • Air conditioned rooms. The option to stay at full board basis includes breakfast and dinner at the resort.
  • Cabanas

  • Cabanas with A/C – $83
  • Cabanas without A/C – $68
  • Rooms

  • Backpackers Room (Without A/C) – $34 (Two people only)
  • Double Room (Without A/C) – $64 (Three people only)



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