Harness the power of the wind as you kitesurf across the ocean and skate over Bali’s world renowned waves.
The birth of kiting as we know it today can be traced back to the 1800s when a pioneering soul by the name of George Pocock got the brilliant idea to propel ships across the water with kites that were attached by a four-line system, a system that is still used in modern kitesurfing today. Over the years many enterprising individuals developed new equipment and pushed the sport forward, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that the kitesurfing took on its modern form and was popularised by radical thinkers in Maui and California.
By the 1990s, kitesurfing had exploded on the international scene, and Giancarlo Avancini was one of the devotees. Jankie arrived in Bali in the late ‘90s, and like so many do, fell in love with the place and a local beauty, so he decided to settle here. In 1999, he opened the Blue Oasis Beach Club, and two years later began teaching kitesurfing at the club, making it the first and only kitesurfing school in Bali.
With kitesurfing you aren’t relian
t on the waves for speed – all you need is wind and we have plenty of it in Bali. We’ll show you how to take control of your kite, ride across the flat water lagoons and head out to the reefs to surf the waves rolling in. Prepare yourself with all the essentials for simple freeriding, and with expert guidance you’ll be progressing to freestyle and wave riding kitesurfing in no time.
With kitesurfing you absolutely have to take a lesson. You have to learn about the equipment, the winds, how to self-rescue, and how to take in your kite. Besides safety and skills, kitesurfers have to be aware of the on-water etiquette and learn how to share their space with others in the ocean, particularly surfers. In Bali this has been an especially poignant issue.
Best season to Kite Surf
The dry season between May and September is the best time to grab the gusts in Bali. During this time, the easterly trade winds are not extremely strong, but they can be consistent. The windiest months are June, July and August. You may also be able to do kite surfing other times of year through all depends on the wind.
Because Bali tends to have light winds, bigger kites are better. Depending on your weight, the kite should be anywhere from 12 to 15 metres.
There are only a few companies that offer kite surfing lessons and you can hire all the equipment too. If you are a hard core kite surfer then best for you to drag all your own equipment along for your plane ride to Bali.
In Bali the best place for beginner kitesurfers is at Kite Beach in Sanur, also called Pantai Pura Mertasari. The huge lagoon here is perfect for newbies, as the water is calm and the wind intensity is not so strong.
For more advanced riders, Canggu has a number of spots that get world-class wind and waves on the right days. However, the area is not recommended for beginners, as there are a number of hazards including big waves, currents, rocks and crowded surf breaks.
Some of the most consistent winds can be found in Bali’s wild west in Menjangan Bay. Here the winds are strong and the water is smooth. A local kiter by the name of Iwan has recently set up a kitesurfing camp here called Wild West Beach Camp with rustic bungalows and epic days on offer.
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