Kitesurfing in Bali

All about Kiteboarding in Bali

Kitesurfing in Bali might not be as popular as regular surfing, but it certainly brings your wave riding thrills to the next level. Categorised as an extreme water sport, it combines surfing as we know it with some elements of wakeboarding (using a similar shaped board) and bits of kite-flying to the overall drill. With some practice, Kitesurfing – also referred to as ‘kiteboarding’ – lets you speed over waves instead of paddling out and waiting for the perfect swell.

Moreover, whenever waves are rather blown out and unfit for surfing, you’d might as well get your kite and gear for a great day out nonetheless. Kitesurfing provides the answer to those sloppy to windy days out on the beach. Bali has a good handful of spots for kitesurfing, as well as notable surf schools that offer courses for bored surfers or those simply interested in picking up this fun sport. Read on to find out all you need to know about kitesurfing in Bali.

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Best Kitesurfing Spots in Bali

The best coasts for kitesurfing in Bali includes some of the regular surfing beaches. This takes into account the waves between Sanur’s southeast facing Mertasari Beach and all the way down to Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua. On the island’s west are the beaches of Seminyak and Canggu.

Best Kite Surfing on Bali East coast

  • Sanur (Mertasari Beach)
    Provides almost constant flows of onshore winds and flat water near the shoreline. Best for beginners.
  • Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua
    Considered Bali’s primary marine water sports playground, with waves and winds similar to Mertasari. However, can get crowded due to the variety of recreational activities here.

Kite Surfing on Bali West Coast

  • Seminyak
    Far north from the Kuta crowds. Fairly good for beginners, with waves broken against hard summer winds. Also fun for intermediate to advanced riders.
  • Canggu
    Waves here are bigger; great for advanced riders and those who fancy fun aerials. Waters also usually cleaner and with side-offshore winds in the dry season (May to September).

Where to Learn Kitesurfing in Bali

Kitesurfing Lessons in Bali

Proper kitesurfing gear consists of the board, control bar and harness, helmet and wetsuit, and the kite itself which is akin to a parachute. These are mostly available at the surf school and included in your course. Lessons are usually structured to suit your own needs, and most times includes introductory and practice sessions onshore with a trainer kite designed to help you get the hang of catching the wind and manoeuvring.

Some courses let you jump right into open water from the start, with staff out on rescue boats or jet-skis ready to assist and help you out. A beginner’s program ranges from one to two hours, with steps of gear safety and introduction, proper setup, launch techniques, piloting, landing and self-rescue. The latter being a crucial element that all riders must grasp. The rest is left to practice and more practice, while developing muscle memory and skills.

How Much is a Bali kitesurfing Lesson?

Rip Curl School of Surf offers a two-hour entry level, trainer kite control course at IDR 1.1 million (USD 81.60) per person, which will get you strapped into a seat harness and start with a two-line trainer before moving on to a four-line kite. The ultimate goal is to successfully complete the course with a smooth beach launch. Then, you’re deemed to be ready to hit the water soon after. Higher level courses are offered at the same rate.

Bali Kitesurfing offers two-hour introductory courses at IDR 950,000 (USD 70) per person. Intermediate programs are at IDR 700,000 and will let you further experience board riding plus ‘flying’ on water. There are also one-on-one courses that enable you to hone your skills to ride constantly in both directions, as well as fly more powerful kites and feed your need for speed. Hourly full-set gear rentals are available at IDR 400,000 (USD 30) and IDR 700,000 (USD 52) for half-day use.

Kitesurfing Schools around Bali

Some of Bali’s notable surf schools include kitesurfing as among their available courses. This includes Rip Curl School of Surf located on the beachfront area of the Prama Sanur Beach Bali hotel, which allows beginners direct access to Sanur’s lagoons. Here you can kitesurf all year round, even throughout the wet season (between October and April) with occasional offshore winds.

Also in Sanur is the Bali Kitesurfing School, overseen by Kite & Surf Bali, a pro surf shop at Mertasari Beach with its kiting arena right on the beachfront. They’ve been around since the sport kicked off around the turn of the millennium, and have a team of Balinese riders who can help you around with choosing the right gear. They also the Indonesian distributors for big name kitesurfing brands such as Cabrinha, Ozone, Jimmy Lewis and Flying Object.

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