Kitesurfing no longer has anything to prove; just take a walk along the Pacific on a windy day and you’ll inevitably see dozens of kiteboards speeding across Nouméa’s lagoon! For the speed, for the tricks, and for the simple pleasure of flying across the surface of the water: practitioners have their own leitmotifs and aren’t going to wait for you to join in.
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In a friendly fashion
Kitesurfing is certainly a solitary sport, but it’s also a shared activity. Sharing techniques, sharing fun, sharing laughter, sharing admiration… In New Caledonia, it’s becoming more democratic each year, attracting more followers, men and women, young and old. Admittedly, the conditions here are ideal: weeks where you can’t get on the board are few and far between!
Playing with the wind
Of course, the first step is still to master the wing. Like a kite, the practitioner learns to use the wind as an ally in flying towards his goal and rising above the waves. You’ll soon learn it’s not as easy as it sounds! However, with a few hours of training anyone can quickly, not become a kitesurfing champion, but join the growing number of adherents of a sport that continues to be widely emulated.
To each their own
After mastering the wings come the choice of a discipline, because there’s more than one type of windsurfing. You can of course focus on speed and fly across the lagoon like Aeolus, god of the wind, but that’s not really the point. It’s freestyle, with its even more impressive techniques, that makes kitesurfers’ hearts beat faster. Rising to impressive heights, pulling off tricks, and finally returning gracefully to the surface of the water. Maybe you’ll want to give it a try…Or maybe you’ll just enjoy a great show.
Some kitesurfing spots in New Caledonia
- Méridien Beach in Nouméa, the first meeting place for Noumean riders when their working day is done.
- Maître Island, off the coast of Nouméa, is particularly well suited to all levels thanks to a nearly 2 kilometer reef.
- Ténia Island with its waves is ideal for freestyle.
- Poé Beach with its vast reef is also appreciated by kitesurfers of all levels.
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