Kitesurfers of all levels of experience congregate in Cabarete. There are
several kite schools, so beginners can get their feet wet for the first time in
the calmer, earlier part of the day. Later in the afternoon is when the pros get
their chance to show off their skills. |
The thrilling sport of kiteboarding is an easier sport to master than
windsurfing or surfing. Nevertheless, it is also regarded as an extreme sport
with its share of danger. The best of instruction should be chosen as
kiteboarding can result in bodily injury such as colliding into a building or
Most beginners manage to stand on the board on the water after just two or three
sessions with an instructor, and many manage their first jump during the first
week of practice. A really experienced kiteboarder will be capable of jumping 10
meters or more.
A typical beginners’ lesson starts off on dry land, and will consist of some
theoretical information about the wind and weather, safety awareness and
technical details about the equipment, how it works, how to put it all together
and put it on. Then the instructor will teach you how to control the kite while
standing on the shore. After this, it’s time to hit the water and learn how to
stand on the board and start to move in the water. Once this is under control,
the learner can finally start to negotiate the wind and waves.
There are also advanced lessons on offer. Some focus on developing existing
skills, others on specific technical areas of expertise, as well as courses for
kiteboarders who wish to become IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization)
qualified instructors themselves.
Some kiteboarders will bring their own gear, but schools will also provide the
equipment if necessary.
Cabarete itself offers all the après-surf action a kitesurfer could wish for: a
lively local and international scene with a variety of restaurants, bars and
nightclubs to suit all tastes. Accommodation ranges from the small-scale,
self-catering to larger hotels and resorts.
There is also a great deal to do and see in the surrounding area; that is if the
die-hard kitesurfers can be torn away from their kites and boards.
There is kitesurfing in other parts of the Dominican Republic, such as the Bay
of Salinas, near Bani in the southwest, and at the numerous hotel and resort
areas around the country like Punta Cana, Bavaro, Bayahibe, La Romana, Juan
Dolio, Boca Chica and Samana. Cabarete itself is easily accessible from the
Puerto Plata/Sosua area on the north coast. Check with your tour operator for
precise details of the activities offered at your hotel or in the nearby area.