Live in an epic beach house and learn to Kite Surf like a legend! Starting summer 2017.
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Incredible Summer Kitesurf Course
- Learn how to kitesurf and perfect your skills on our progressive course
- High percentage of onshore thermal wind days, plenty of activities on non-wind days
- Living in an amazing beach house right in front of the sea and kite launch zone.
- Excursions to world heritage sites, and stunning Majorcan beaches
- Expert tuition from our International Kite Surf team
- Unrivalled location with plenty to do and experience
- Awesome Kitesurf camp vibe
Become a Kite God and experience true freedom!
If one word sums up what it is like to be a Kite surfer that word would have to be freedom. When you are hooked into a power kite on the open water with wind propelling you at great speeds it’s an amazing feeling.
Then combine the ability to jump, and use the power of the kite to give you amazing hang time you can pretty much fly as well. Kite surfing is like skiing or snowboarding, but more forgiving. But there’s a lot of skill involved in being able to master the moves.
Fortunately, it’s not difficult it just takes practice, a little bit of ability and the right instruction. Mostly it takes an opportunity because it’s weather dependent you need the ability to jump in the water as soon as the wind is on. This is what this course gives you. Located right by the sea, weather permitting you can go kiting every day, improve your kite surfing ability and come home with an amazing new addiction.
Be warned though, kite surfing is a lifestyle. Once you have the bug, nothing will be the same. You will crave the wind like you are possessed. Because with the wind, comes the ability to at least something so fun, it will make good days great days.
It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to become really good at something. But given enough time, and the opportunity to do so, perfecting a skill is an awesome achievement. Apply this to kite surfing and you got the ingredients for something amazing.
This is not just a Kite Surf course. Yes of course is fantastic instruction, and there’s more on that below, but signing up to this program is investing in your summer.
The location of the kitesurf camp is unrivaled. You will live right by the sea, 10 m from the beach, 50 m from the kitesurf channel. That gives you the ability to go kite surfing every day. And should the wind not come in, you can go and explore the bay on stand-up paddles. The kite surf house is located in a national park, in a truly beautiful location.
The sandy shallow bay of Pollenca, stretches out in front of the house. It’s a large bay, with aquamarine water which is quite shallow for several hundred meters providing the perfect conditions to learn to Kite Surf. The water is warm, and the views are stunning. Dramatic mountains stretch to the north, and Majorca’s best beaches are within a short distance from where you are staying.
In the evenings you are a short walk from the bars and restaurants of Port of Pollenca town See can go and hit the nightlife with your fellow kite surfers. If a full day on the water has knackered you out, we have an amazing chillout area on the roof of the beach health. A huge kite surf viewing platform by day, chillout zone and outdoor cinema by night!
Xtreme Gap Year has a beach house in Majorca, where we run this kite surf programme. You will stay in a shared apartment right by the beach in a beautiful National Park. We have 2 dorms, based on same-sex sharing 4 people per dorm. The apartment is entirely self-contained, so there are cooking facilities, shared bathroom, lounge and outdoor chillout zones in the garden.
Learning to Kite Surf what is it like?
Talk to anyone who’s into kite surfing and you will find out how enthusiastic and impassioned they are about this amazing sport. It’s easy to think, looking at some of the acrobatic and near death-defying moves that good kite surfers can pull off that is an almost impossible sport to get good at. Not true. Kite surfing is like anything it takes practice but anyone can learn. You build it up in stages from the basics mastering techniques until you become intermediate through to advanced.
It requires time on the water, and of course wind! But this is why this program is so good. With Majorca’s thermal wind, pretty much guaranteeing to blow every single day throughout the summer months you are out on the water every day. You have the time to perfect the basics, and start mastering intermediate techniques like jumps, transitions and some seriously cool moves.
Once you become a kite surfer, and you are up and running on the water it becomes highly addictive. The sheer freedom of movement on the water gives you a taste of something that is hard to give up.
Kite surfing is quite forgiving on the body, because most of the weight and force is taken by the harness, which means you can spend hours on the water without getting overtired. It’s a sport that gives you speed, the ability to fly, jump and buzz over the water like no other sport can.
How are the days structured?
Majorca benefits from thermal wind in the summer. This is basically a seabreeze that rushes in as the land heats up over the day. Locally this is known as “Embat” and has been a constant since the island was 1st populated thousands of years ago.
Because it takes time for the land to heat up the thermal wind doesn’t kick in until around 1 o’clock. So mornings are easy at the kite Academy. Get up when you are ready, and have breakfast. You are able to enjoy your breakfast on the roof terrace with 360° views of the kite beach, mountains a world heritage site and the largest National Park in Majorca all around. It’s a truly terrific spot. If you want to get active before hitting the water, you can take a mountain biking go explore the natural reserve. Most people will take time to chill in the morning, brush up on some theory to fix in their mind the techniques they want to try out that day.
Then come 1230 time to gear up. We had down to the launch channel which is located conveniently just 200 m from the house.
You will inflate your kites, connect your lines, do your safety checks and then it’s time on the water. The wind will blow solidly until about 4 o’clock, sometimes later but 4 hours a day on the water is more than enough to see some serious progression as the weeks go by.
Come 6 o’clock you will be back at the house for dinner, with a debrief, discussing what you learned that day before having a well deserved dinner on the roof terrace.
The evenings are free to do as you wish. You are very close to the bars and restaurants of port de pollenca and Alcudia, or you can chill catch a movie on our large outdoor cinema, and just enjoy the local environment.
Here’s how it normally goes. When you start learning, you usually have around 12 hours of instruction which is a beginner kite surfing course. The 1st half a day, let’s say around 3 hours you learn all about how to set up the kite, all about the safety systems how the bar (the control system) works. The idea is to get you comfortable with the equipment, so you can then move into the water safely. Once you’re done with the safety training, you learn how to launch the kite, and you are then in the water without a board learning how to steer and control the kite. This takes usually around 4 to 5 hours depending how quickly you pick it up. It’s very much like driving a car, at 1st you don’t really know all the gears and levers do, but after a while it becomes 2nd nature. So the learning part of the course is designed to get this into your head. Once you are comfortable with the kite control, and the instructors also comfortable with you, you can then do body dragging. This is where you are moving through the water using the power of the kite without the board attached to you. This is where you 1st start to get a feel for the power of the kite and how it can move you through the water. Body dragging does not take that long, but it is designed to get used to the sensation of moving in the water.
After body dragging comes probably the most exciting bit: Water start. Water start is basically your 1st attempt at getting up on the board using the power of the kite. How long this takes is really down to the individual, some people pick it up straightaway (well within the hour) other people take quite a long time to get the feel for it. Once you do crack it, you will be up and moving and then it’s all about practice.
The 1st time you successfully water start, it’s a huge mix of sensations. It’s usually very exciting followed very quickly by a feeling of my God how do I stop this thing!
Once you are up and moving in the water, due to the nature of the sport you tend to be on your own. So it really is just like learning to drive, you have to keep practising.
If you want to go for an instructor Exam
For this reason kite surf development course is a great when they are done over several months, as you will probably need 4 to 6 months of practice prior to being able to take your instructor exam. If you are out on the water every day, you can probably cut this time down to about 3 months or 12 weeks, but I would really give yourself more time just to get as much practice as possible. The exam part is a financial commitment and you wouldn’t want to fail it, plus you need the necessary experience yourself if you’re going to be put in a position of responsibility to instruct.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Pre departure information pack
- 9 hour learn to kite surf course set over 3 days
- Accommodation at the beach house in a shared dorm Apartment
- All equipment rental for the duration of the course
- Access to stand up paddle equipment
- Most meals
- Excursions to local areas of interest and beaches at weekends
- Huge chillout kite surf viewing terrace
- Drinks and snacks
- Extra excursions
- Travel insurance
20th 27th – May 2018