Kitesurfing, also known as kiteboarding, involves using a power kite to pull a rider through the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard (which is like a wakeboard).
The International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) certifies instructors.
In Cape Town the South-Easter blows from October until March/April. Langebaan, which is about 90 minutes' drive north from Cape Town is a great place to learn. At Shark Bay, the lagoon is warm and shallow. The sharks are harmless sand sharks. For wave riding go to Blouberg or Dolphin Beach, 15 minutes north of Cape Town.
The best time for kitesurfing in Mauritius is from June until October. Le Morne in the south part of the island offers the best kitesurfing for beginners and for experienced riders.
Kite Surfing is now widely practised across Europe. There is a very large number of popular destinations that have good conditions at certain times of year. However probably the most well known destintion due to its consistent high winds and warm climate is Tarifa in Cadiz on the south coast of Spain. The Canary Islands of Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife also have good conditions with strong consistent winds.
The northern Caribbean beaches of Brazil have strong consistent trade winds and are now very popular for Kitesurfing. Popular spots include Cumbuco and Jericoacoara . Further south other good locations in Brazil include Cabo Frio, Busios and Florianopolis .
Noosa in Queensland is one of the best kite surfing destinations in the world! With strong Northerly winds throughout summer, it is almost guaranteed every day! Visit Noosa Kite Surfing for more information. Perth in Western Australia has also numerous spots with constant South Westerly winds in summer. Good spots are Woodman Point, Safety Bay in the south and Lancelin 100 km North of Perth.