As the weather starts to improve and the days get longer and I have finally settled down into a routine at work. I have started to think about taking up a new activity when I came across a friend of mine, Nenette Aguirre-Graf at one of the Boracay Foundation Inc (BFI) meetings.
Ate Nenette is a long time resident of Boracay who invested in the hotel industry a long time ago and has made it big. She now owns Boracay Beach Resort down in Station 1 and Greenyard Funboard Center in Bulabog Beach. Ate Nenette is one of the nicest people around. She has been a staunch advocate of the environment and the voice of conservation of Boracay’s pristine ecology. I personally feel she would have been the best BFI President.
Kite Boarding at Bulabog Beach has become famous of recent years with the annual Neil Pryde Boracay International Fun Board Cup held here. Hundred of windsurfers and kiteboarders from all over the world congregate every January to take part in this iconic event.
As in my previous posts, you may know that one of my motivations in coming to Boracay was to live the bohemian life, work on weekdays, windsurf and scuba dive on weekends. Taking up kiteboarding has been a natural progression for someone like me who loves to get soaked in the turquoise water of Boracay.
Nenette is one of the people who said I should give kiteboarding a go. Well I’m glad that I did. The first thing I would suggest is get yourself onto a kite surfing lesson, there are loads of kite shops all over Bulabog Beach so you should be able to find one.
Kite surfing has become one of the most popular water sports in Boracay, and it’s no wonder why: combining kiting and surfing together at heights of 20 feet or more is an intense extreme sport experience!
After a couple of lessons you will have the confidence to go out and try it yourself, just remember never kite surf alone, always take a companion as it is an extreme sport. You will also need the correct kitesurfing equipment and safety gear, again there are lots of local shops you can checkout all the latest’s equipment and even take some of it for a test ride since most of the kite shops are located in Bulabog beach.
If you never tried to kite surf before, there are some basic kite surfing techniques you should work on before working your way up to the trickier ones. This will ensure your safety and the safety of others around you while you’re getting your kite surfing water wings. Kite surfing is easiest if you’ve had some experience with water sports to begin with, but that’s not absolutely essential to learning basic kite surfing techniques – it just means you have some learning to do before mastering the harder skills.
First, you need to get a training kite to help you learn the basics of kite surfing – maneuvering and controlling your kite. Most training kites can be rented out at the kite shops in Bulabog beach and should help you learn a lot of the basic kite surfing techniques that you will need to know for later. Work on gaining control of the kite, then practice letting it drag you along for a little ways. I had a lot of ass dragging on my part before I learned anything.
Next, you’ll need to practice with the board in the water. You can try some other water sport with a board first, if you’d like, something like wakeboarding or windsurfing. You can also get lessons in basic kite surfing techniques from an instructor at Greenyard, if this is your first time ever in the water on a board. I personally believe JR of Greenyard is the best instructor around, not because he is my friend but because he does make sure that you learn something from him.
Well, see you then in Bulabog Beach!