Kitesurfing in Larnaka should be on your top 10 to do list. Larnaka is blessed with steady consistent winds throughout the year (peaking from May to October) which is perfect for kitesurfing as it is a sport that takes advantage of both wind and water elements.
Surfing on the warm Mediterranean sea, propelled by the power of a kite is a sensation not to be missed!
There are three kitesurfing clubs in Larnaka:
(1) "Kahuna Surfhouse", Mazotos
The Larnaka Kiteboarding Club founded a fully equipped kite centre in Mazotos, Larnaka called the Kahuna Surfhouse. It pecialises in beginner to advanced kitesurfing courses, utilising an idyllic, untouched Mediterranean coastline. The courses are taught by IKO (International Kiteboarding Organisation) instructors and abides by the safety and quality regulations of the IKO.
The Larnaka Kiteboarding Club is a community of water enthusiasts who welcome beginners to the sport as well as free riders. The centre is equipped with all amenities for friends and families to join in on the fun too. With annual beach events and a growing community, the Larnaka Kiteboarding club intends to continue promoting, teaching and solidating kitesurfing on the beautiful island of Cyprus. Lessons are taught in English, Greek, German and Russian.
For more information on kitesurfing in Larnaka at the Kahuna Surfhouse centre go to www.kahunasurfhouse.com or contact Elias Mantovanis, President of the Larnaka Kiteboarding Club on 00357 99543811.
(2) "The Spot", Softades
Another designated beach for organised kitesurfing is located in Softades near Kiti and it is run by LKC. The beach (also called ‘The Spot’) is open to everyone and also features a kitesurfing school (www.kitemed.com) that runs specialised courses for those who are interested in learning how to independently partake in the sport correctly and safely.
President of the Club, Mr. Panayiotis Kounnides is thrilled that the community has recently granted permission for the beach and has big plans for the future, including organised events: “It is a great honour that we have been given the area by the community to practise the sport. Our goal is to protect and promote the sport for athletes and the general public. We are actively trying to enhance safety as it is an extreme sport, and also generate athletes for future Olympic games now that it is a recognised Olympic sport”.
(3) Wavebandits, Alaminos
WaveBandits are a international network of premium kiteboarding centers all over the world and recently chose to place their 10th centre in the area west of Larnaka, at Aldiana Hotel in Alaminos. They believe that this location offers one of the best spots for kitesurfing in Europe as there is steady (side-onshore) wind condition.
The instructor Mr. Michael Folling is an IKO and VDWS Kite Instructor and Examiner and is involved in a few spot-developement projects in Europe. He says that "Kitesurfing or Kiteboarding is easy to learn and really fun. No matter of age, weight or condition. The breathtaking combination of surfing and flying looks difficult but we developed a very easy and safe way for you to learn this sport". Lessons are taught in English and German for groups or privately.
This center is open from the end of March until the end of October from 10:00 am until 7:30 pm. For more information visit www.wavebandits.com, or call 00357 99695513.