Kitesurfing is one of the water sports that has gained the most in popularity in the past two decades and the island of Mauritius is an excellent place where kitesurfers can truly enjoy their sport.
The sport began when winter sports enthusiasts wanted to get up the mountain slopes easily. They first tried to use parasailing wings so that they could get pulled up the mountains with wind power and then decided to use smaller custom-made sails that could be classified as kites, thus creating the sport known as snowkite.
In summer they adapted their new sport to the marine environment by first using surf boards and then using wakeboards. Since that time, the sport has evolved separately and specific accessories were designed for kite surfers.
The kites that are used nowadays have inflatable sections that help them keep their shape in the wind and allow them to float in the water. The kites are linked to a control bar by strong lines that allow the surfer to modify the angle of attack of the kites and thus alter the speed and direction of the surfer. Other lines go from the kite to the harness that the kite surfer wears through the center of the control bar.
During your holidays in Mauritius, it will be possible for you to go kitesurfing all year long around the island. A lot of Mauritian hotels have kitesurfing equipment on rent and their staff will gladly help you learn the sport.
The most well-known spots for kitesurfing in Mauritius are:
In the North – Bain-Bœuf, Cap Malheureux, Anse la Raie, Butte à L’herbe and Trou-aux-Biches.
In the East – Poste Lafayette, Belle-Mare, Palmar, Ile-aux-Cerfs and Pointe D’Esny.
In the West – Flic-en-Flac and La Preuneuse.
In the South – Bel Ombre, La Prairie and Le Morne.
However, given that beaches can be crowded with Mauritians and tourists, you will have to be careful and practice far from the coast to be able to enjoy the sport safely.
Credits top picture: Kitesurfing in Mauritius. Photo via http://www.flickr.com/photos/jody_art/ CC by NC-ND