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Travel Insurance for your Kitesurfing trip
You have your kitesurfing holiday booked and all you need now is comprehensive kitesurfing travel insurance so you can feel safe to enjoy the wave riding in true style, without the worrying of feeling of being airborne in shallow water without the skills or protection that you need!
To be covered for kitesurfing you will need to add Extra Activity Pack 4 to your policy, covering you for kitesurfing which comes at an added premium but has get great added benefits:
- Search and rescue cover
- Sports and activity equipment cover
At Holiday Extras our team can provide you comprehensive cover so you can get the right travel insurance cover for your trip. Simply book online today for one of our policy cover levels for sports travel insurance and add on our extra activities premium and your boarding can begin!
What cover is available?
We have four levels of cover available to suit your needs, these are our Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum travel insurance packages to cover either a single trip, of up to 365 days, or you can enjoy a year of unlimited travel with our annual policy (as long as no trip exceeds the maximum duration as specified by the level of cover you have chosen).
If you love extreme sports you can book your kitesurfing travel insurance today by calling our UK-based call centre and speaking directly to a member of our insurance team on 0800 316 0104.
Bit about the board
Kitesurfing (sometimes known as kiteboarding) is a sport that every active person can enjoy nowadays. A big advantage to kitesurfing on holiday is that you can relax and not feel under any time constraints. A special harness is usually used when you're learning kitesurfing. Since the kites which serve as sails for kitesurfing, have become much safer in recent years, kitesurfing is accessible and easy to learn for everyone. Though you should attend a serious and licensed kitesurfing school to learn how to do it. This sporting activity combines kiteboarding and surfing to enable you to ride the waves in style. Most kitesurfers will use a directional board that has enough flotation and turning characteristics to be able to surf - these boards are either with or without foot straps.
A kitesurfer follows the kite when riding the wave, so that the pull of the kite is reduced. This style is super popular with surfers because it resembles tow-in surfing. Some riders ride waves unhooked, and without foot straps (foot straps dictate the kitesurfer's foot position and how weight and pressure is applied to the board). Surfers (other than tow-in surfers) do not wear straps and are therefore free to move their feet and position their weight over a greater area to match what is needed to ride with the wave. If you decide to kitesurf using a board without foot straps you are sometimes said to be "riding strapless". This popular choice allows the kitesurfer's feet to move around the board for optimal performance. Kitesurfers using foot straps often use the power of the kite to position themselves on a wave and to control their board. This means the power of the kite is super important because they rely on the kite for propulsion rather than the power of the wave to surf!
Popular Kitesurfing Destinations
Morocco - Essaouira
Morocco and kitesurfing go hand in hand - it's pretty much a tradition there. The Essaouira Bay is a destination for everyone who has made the right preparations - with bustling culture and strong winds this could be a kitesurfer's dream location. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea and situated at the North of Africa, Essaouira is just a few hours flight time from the UK. The conditions in Essaouira are suitable for the more confident kitesurfer as the wind is quite strong and there are waves in many parts of the bay. With a huge 4km long and 800m wide sandy beach, with the wind from the right, you've got the basic ingredients for the perfect kitesurfing holiday!
Essaouira is situated on slightly descending beach which allows easy launching and learning. The long gentle waves can be ideal for the less experienced wave riders. Further down wind in the bay though are bigger waves, measuring between a whopping 1 and 2 meters high. Also, if you fancy taking a 20 minute drive away you'll hit more wave spots at Moulay or Sidi Kaouki. There you will be able to ride big powerful waves, ideal only for the most experienced kitesurfers though. At the northern end of the bay is a flat water spot great for freestyle and the most adventurous speed surfer!
From the start of April right through to October, the strong and dependable winds, strengthened by thermal effects, are accompanied by reduced swell and smaller waves. During this time period, the wind comes down out of the north and is side shore or side onshore. The bay is curved, meaning that it's particularly safe because you always end up back on the sandy beach without any obstacles, though also be sure to check all safety regulations before kitesurfing. Further out you'll find waves with regular intervals, so you always have time to prepare for the next run. This spot is also great for when you're not on the waves as it's culturally a super interesting destination with tradition still remaining throughout the un-spoilt Moroccan charm of the town, port and beaches!
South Africa - Cape Town
Cape Town in South Africa is a very popular destination for kitesurfers and other tourists alike. This has been named a kitesurfing hotspot from the months of November to March when the wind is strong and constant. The beautiful sandy beaches make for a great escape before the kitesurfing even begins. The west coast, north of Cape Town offers interesting areas for people with varying levels of kitesurfing ability. The wind is amplified there by different thermal and topographic effects, which means that a difference of just a few kilometres could have a great impact on the conditions for kitesurfing. Sunset beach for instance is extremely popular for the more advanced and experienced kitesurfers.
The bay starting at Sunset Beach runs for about a mile long to Blouberg beach and is split into different sections which include the well-known Table View, Dolphin Beach and Kite Beach. Ahead of Blouberg beach there are some heavy cliffs creating very strong wind conditions so only the most experienced of kitesurfers should venture there. Passing by these cliffs is a big bay with other thermal dynamics - so it's important to always check the conditions of the area you are in and to know your ability before kitesurfing. Generally, a useful rule for kitesurfing in Cape Town is that the further north you travel the less wind there is. The wind can tend to start at around midday which means a nice lie-in or a chance to relax and explore the area!
Brazil - Tatajuba
There are many places in Brazil that are popular with kitesurfers but Tatajuba is particularly special. This small and beautiful location, at the mouth of the river Tucunduba, is a little known destination that lays west of Jericoacoara. There are perfect conditions here for kitesurfing, with lots of space and lots of wind. It's a great hotspot for tourists as, from here, you can also take a quick trip to Jericoacoara and enjoy it's lovely laid-back atmosphere and wild nightlife. Tatajuba is a kitesurfer's paradise with one of the best shallow water spots and what's been described as the most reliable and strong wind in Brazil. This spot is great for kitesurfers with varied levels of kitesurfing experience, though be sure to check the weather reports beforehand and never kitesurf alone!
When spots in Fortaleza and other parts of Brazil lose the wind strengths in December it's still possible to kitesurf in Tatajuba for another couple of months. For the most part the entire area has shallow enough water to stand in at high tide and the wind at this spot is strong and reliable. On really windy days you could also venture to Laguna La Torta. This is a famous flatwater spot with great conditions for kitesurfing. This beautiful freshwater lagoon, with a big standing range of shallow waters, lies in between sand dunes and stretches into the land for approximately 16 kilometres. The wind here may be less strong and a tad dusty, due to the surrounding sand dunes, but it's great for when the wind is too strong at the coast!
Remember that accidents can happen so here are a few handy tips to staying safe along the trip:
- Don't kitesurf on your own. Kitesurf with friends or a group of kitesurfers for mutual help and support.
- Stick with the regulations, especially with safety devices - leash, quick release, life jacket, helmet etc.
- Check out the weather forecast of where you are travelling to - always know the intensity and direction of the wind.
- Choose the correct kite according to the wind conditions.
- It's recommended to avoid kitesurfing with offshore wind.
- Make sure you install the kite carefully and check the safety systems; including the kite and leash quick release.
- Never arm, run or land your kite in unsafe conditions.
- Be sure to avoid obstacles, which could include other kitesurfers or sunbathers.
- Don't leave your kite unattended on the beach when it's not in use.
- Always wear an impact vest!
- Always wear a helmet!
- Always watch the weather forecast!
- Never kitesurf alone!
Book your kitesurfing travel insurance policy today by calling our UK-based contact centre to discuss adding the extras sports cover to your policy with a member of our friendly insurance team on 0800 316 0104.
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