Top 10 facts about learning Kitesurfing in Thailand
I want to learn to Kiteboard. Where should I go?
A good question! The world is your oyster these days – there are kite schools everywhere. But like any watersport, it’s nicer to learn in warm water with less people around. The ideal spot would have small or no waves and shallow rock free water, would be near your accommodation and would have good winds. To help you choose, here are some facts about learning to Kiteboard in Thailand:
- The wind is great in Thailand – but not everywhere all the time!
You have to choose where to go depending on which month we’re in. And if you want to kite in sunshine and clear water, don’t come here in rainy season – mid-June until mid-October.
- The sea temperature is 20-30 in winter and 25-30 in summer. It’s pretty warm all year round!
- Winter gets clouds and strong winds, summer clear skies and hot sunshine
In November the North Easterlies switch on and run steady until mid January. Regular 15kts and often 20+ but all in the morning. February to June the South Westerly thermal winds create an almost perfect spot – 15-20kts, sunshine, wind in the afternoon so you can get up late!
- It’s cheap to learn here, and cheap to buy equipment.
But don’t choose your instructor based on price – talk to him/her first! A bad instructor will take twice as long to get you riding so ends up being twice the price. And cheap equipment will not be as good – so it will take you longer to learn and when you sell it you won’t get as much back for it. If you’re scared you might not like kitesurfing – don’t worry!
- Thai food – mmmmmmm!!!!
- Accommodation is cheap in Thailand.
As everywhere, rooms overlooking the beach are expensive, those set back a bit are cheaper. Thailand has a massive tourist industry – there’s always plenty of choice!
- You can be up and riding comfortably in a week.
The Full Beginner’s course takes 3 days, and if you keep practising the rest of the week you’ll have it cracked.
- Thailand is a hub for world flights – it’s easy to get here.
Pranburi is 3hours from the airport – you could be on the water in 3hrs20mins!
- There are plenty of no wind activities:
Kayaks, Jetskis, Banana boat, ATV Tours, Mountain Biking, Sightseeing Tours, Shopping in Hua Hin. Or just relaxing on the beach!
- Thailand is very much discovered – but Kiteboarding is not – yet!
So instead of 300 kitesurfers crowding onto a beach we have 30. Perfect…