As more and more of us prefer the energetic approach to a holiday rather than a soporific towel on a sun-kissed beach, what better way of combining the two than going somewhere which offers both – the opportunity to learn how to kite surf on a sun-kissed sea is fairly irresistible!
And the choice of destination is about as wide and varied as you could possibly hope for: wherever there’s an ocean, a large body of water or even a big enough river … and wind. Wind is the clincher.
We’ve all got to start somewhere and if that means being airlifted unexpectedly, remember, it’s all part of the learning curve!
Kitesurfing is an extreme sport which harnesses the power of air sports with the guile and nimble nature of watersports,. It is an adrenaline packed hybrid activity best enjoyed in glamorous climes, certainly when it comes to learning. Very different experience learning in glorious sunshine than on a cold, grey, miserable winter’s day.
Which brings us back to that summer holiday… ever thought of Vietnam?
The 235m long Saigon Mui Ne beach, about 200 kms north of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) offers you 4 certified kitesurfing schools. They have IKO certified international instructors, guaranteed rescue by jet skis, and great gear choice. Mui Ne Bay offers good wind conditions; it has Asia’s strongest and most consistent cross-onshore winds and the lowest rainfall in Vietnam. (About 30 days in the year). It is considered the Hawaii of Vietnam with its fabulous stretches of white sand, scenic landscape and lovely locals. The climate is hot, dry and windy almost all year, with an average temperature of about 27C.
Vietnam has two wind seasons, The North East monsoon and the Southwest season.
The North East monsoon season starts around November and runs until April. This is also hurricane season. The windiest months are December through February. The wind is a consistent 20-25 knots, with some days up to 40knots. As the wind increases so do the waves. If you’re experienced, you will want your wave riding board or even a surfboard as there is a one-metre beach break to practice your surfing skills.
Most Vietnamese beaches have fairly mild waves. Mui Ne is growing into one of the most popular kiteboarding and windsurfing beaches in Asia. It is not the only place you can kitesurf in Vietnam, there are others. In fact one of them is in a protected military zone and you can only go there with the organisers and you have to remember to take your passport with visa!