The company was called Freedom Kite School and they cater to all levels and a number of languages - ideal.
Essentially you control a large kite in your hands (trying to manoeuvre it to capture just the right amount of wind to enable you to move at the speed and in the direction you want), whilst also standing on a board. Sounds easy enough? I can tell you that categorically it's not!!
Day 1 we were only on the beach.
How to stay safe - for ourselves and also for the poor unsuspecting people on beach.
And our sides hurt from giggling so much at each other.
After proving we had remembered our lesson from the day before, we were progressed to single-hand kite control.
All complete with some serious gear! I've never looked better...
|Yes, I am actually being held down - so I don't fly off into the air!|
You just have to laugh. At yourself. Constantly!
|Sneaking a quick break in the sunshine|
|Ready for lift-off!|
Day 3 and we came back for more. We revised all our ‘skills’ up til now before introducing a board into the mix. And now the reason for one-handed kite control became clear. We had to manage to control the 9 metre kite, walk backwards (into the waves and rocks) whilst also holding the (heavy and large!) board.
Once we’d managed to do that, it was then time to try and actually get onto the board! One sister's attempt below...
This was the closest I got to actual kite-surfing. Complete with ninja-style sister looking on!
It’s such fun, exhausting and be prepared for aching muscles and limbs covered in bruises and sand-scrapes but I’d definitely do it again. The other people are so friendly - proper chilled out surfer dudes (even if I did accidentally land a 12 metre kite on the head of the owner of the business - oops!)
Give it a try - you can also do it in Egypt, Morocco, Brazil and the Netherlands.