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Kite Surf in Orient Bay, Watersports in the air!

Kitesurf is a watersport that consists of moving with a board being towed by a kite named wing. It is an air-drawn sport that comes from the assembly between kite and wakeboard.
This sport is relatively recent since it took off in the 2000s.

In St. Martin, Orient Bay is a paradise for kitesurfing!

As soon as the wind rises, just sit on the beach to observe the deployment of colorful wings that dance in the sky. The experienced kitesurfer will flutter with the wind by jumping in the air.

For non-practitioners there are three schools in St. Martin:

  • WindAdventures in Orient Bay.
  • B52 in Nettle Bay.
  • SXM Kiteschool in Cul-de-Sac.

For practitioners, the Facebook site – Kite Surf SXM TropiKite – contains everything you need to know about legislation, safety, regulations, sports promotion and association events.

There is no age limit for Kite practice since the Dean of the Tropikite Association is 76 years old!

Kitesurf, Orient Bay, St Martin

Interview with Sarah, a kitesurfer.

A majority of men practice Kitesurf, but women are nevertheless not left out. Today, you can see more and more women practicing. Sarah explains that the kite allows navigate in the water without the need of a motor. A total freedom of movement with a sensation of lightness.

This sport is quite easy to learn, but you must be very serious in respecting the rules of security. This activity  involves dangers, it is important to be vigilant and understand the basic safety and regulation instructions.

Sarah, a happy kitesurfer who practices in Orient Bay, St. Martin

“When you look at people on their kites it may look impressive, but it’s not hard to learn,” says Sarah.

When asked about what she really enjoys the most in this sport, she responds with a smile : “the adrenaline rush, feeling free on the water and being able to observe the marine world from up in the air, sliding on the transparent sea… All this makes this sport a real escape and she she could not do without it now!

M.D.

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