Kite Beach is an amazing location to Kiteboard from. However it’s hard to find a decent description of kite beach online, and to new comers it can be a little intimidating to see a beach with so many kites and people, all seemingly knowing what to do. Do not worry, we were all first timers at one time on kite beach.
Here is a little description of Kite Beach, starting from eXtreme Cabarete and walking west.
Off in the distance you can see how Kite Beach bends into a bay, and then come back out where the waves hit the shore.
Inside the bay the water can be a little sloppy, with a lot of current. Many people often mistake this for a dead spot in the wind, but they are incorrect. It’s actually current that moves you and your board along quickly, so it appears to be a wind dead spot, but it’s not.
Not a danger, but something to be aware of.
As we walk along the beach, we run into some kitesurfing lessons in progress. Here we have an Instructor walking the kite up the beach for one of their students- a nice way to learn to kitesurf while practicing the walk of shame. While walking along the beach, the instructor has a chance to go over some trip and tricks to ensure that you understand what went wrong and what you need to practice, so that the next attempt you are ready to go.
Papito is one of the kitesurfing instructors here at the Kite Lounge, and always has a smile on his face.
One of the nastier exit spots along kite beach is the hard compacted sand – that’s is almost rock hard and can be unconfortable and somewhat dangerous if not done correctly. Best to come in on your belly, and to land your kite to the assistant kitesurfing instructor as you walk along the beach.
The Kite Lounge is the pioneer in supervision – we were the first to offer it and the only ones to offer unlimited supervision. It’s not the most profitable thing to do, but we believe that safety is more important that anything .
It’s also good piece of mind to have someone always watching out for you!
This is one of the places you do not want to exit. Avoid it at all costs – and head back out either further down wind or go up wind. Otherwise you are headed for a potential disaster.
If you have no choice, then stay on your belly and get rid of the kite so that it doesn’t drag you over the rough patch, and be very careful where you place your feet.
Eventually the hard rock gives away to sand again, and you make it to the end of kite beach, Cabarete. The next beach is playa Roccon, and Robbie’s point – but that one is a secret spot for waves, and we’ll leave it for another blog post.
In the distance you can see everyone packed into the small area of Kite Beach. Ironic that everyone feels the need to stick together, as the whole area has great wind and waves .. but I guess part of the attraction to kitesurfing on kite beach is that you know that people are watching you!