17
Jan

Booking kiteboard Costa Rica trips to other places

kitesurfing in Costa Rica is great. We have an awesome six month full-on season and an interesting off-season for kiting on waves and other beaches away from Lake Arenal and Bahia Salinas. But, you may want to give other places a try.

We have kicked off our bookings with some great offers and a solid collection of travel tips and kiteboarding packages. Check it out…

Book your kitesurfing holidays and get everything you need included. Lowest fares are guaranteed for each kite trip.

VENEZUELA

NICARAGUA (Corn island)

NICARAGUA (Ometepe island)

PANAMA (Punta Chame)

Sorry: We are updating these trips. More info’s about prices soon

25
Aug

Costa Rica kiteboard inspiration

This is kiteboard inspiration for anyone in Costa Rica or abroad. True inspiration for any wind and water sports fanatic. An incredible journey of windsurfing skill, soul searching, and incredible connections.

Andre Poskowski presents the latest film: Minds Wide Open:

Minds Wide Open Trailer

02
Dec

How to maintain your kite surfing equipment

Maintaining your kitesurfing equipment is easy as long as you do a little bit consistently over time to avoid major problems or deteriorating your gear.

If you need some new or used kite gear in Costa Rica, check out our kitesurfing equipment page to find local retailers in Costa Rica, available brands, and other local options. These same sellers and distributors are your best bet to repair a kite, board, or any other equipment that needs fixing.

Kite linesSalt and sand can be the most abrasive substances on earth, especially when left unattended over time. They can destroy anything, including your lines, board, kite, harness, bar, and pretty much anything you bring out for a sessions, including your clothes.

Before your kitesurfing session

Before launching, remove all the sand that’s accumulated on your bar and lines. Pay special attention to high-friction areas like your bar’s center power line, pulleys, quick releases and line connection points.

pump for kiteAlways keep your pump clean. A dirty pump will put debris straight into your bladders which, as you can imagine, is not how you want your kite bladder to be. Give the pump a few strong pumps before connecting for inflation and that’s usually enough to clean the hose’s nozzle and keep it clear of sand.

After your kitesurfing session

If your kite is wet, regardless of it’s state, let it dry before packing. You want to store it as clean as possible, which includes minimizing humidity along with all the other physical elements that might be stuck to your kite. If you can, give your kite, bar, harness and board a freshwater bath after every session. Wet gear can mildew or rust, so dry thoroughly. This’ll make sure you’re riding more and repairing less.

Kitesurfing spray

Did you know… the sun’s UV rays and heat exponentially impact your kiteboarding gear’s life? Storing a kite in a hot car for a day can age seals and seams by a year. Even with materials built into kites and boards to prevent UV damage, UV rays cause material breakdown. Keep your kiteboarding gear young by storing it in cool shade when you’re not riding.

Pay Attention

Inspect thw area where you’ll be launching your kite  before unpacking.  Anything sharp including  shells, twigs, rocks, and trash can lead to more holes, tears and breaks than anything else. If you’re in a ‘dirty’ area full of sharp edges, clear things before rigging or explore your options nearby. Also, look out for things lines can hang up on.  If you snag your lines before starting it’ll get you off on the wrong foot, and at the end of the day it can leave a sour note to an otherwise awesome riding experience.

Three more tips to maintain your kitesurfing gear:

  1. When carrying kites in light winds, they need help avoiding the ground. Simply running will help keep everything airborne. In general, try to be gentle with your gear to prevent damage.
  2. Avoid using rocks (unless you have them in a protective bag) and kiteboards with sharp fins to hold down your kite.
  3. When turning your kite over, avoid dragging wingtips across the ground. If needed, just pinch the leading edge in to prevent dragging.
29
Nov

Costa Rica weather forecasting for kiteboarding

Even though weather reports give you predictions and current wind conditions, observing the conditions firsthand is tremendously useful. In this article you’ll learn a few things that will help you forecast and read the weather.  Conditions will vary throughout the coast in Costa Rica and at the two main kitesurfing areas in the country: Bahia Salinas / Playa Copal and the northern part of Lake Arenal known for its windsurf and kitesurf launch areas. 

17
Nov

High-wind kiteboarding at Bahia Salinas & Lake Arenal

Kiting in high-winds is exciting, or chilling, depending on how prepared you are and you’re level of kiteboarding skill.  In Costa Rica, you get these high-winds consistently between December and February, or sometimes during the extended wind season from November to April.  The top two spots for high-wind kiteboarding are both in the northern area of the country, Bahia Salinas and Playa Copal near the northern border and the top end of Lake Arenal.

If you’re headed to Bahia Salinas or Lake Arenal during high-wind season you’ll need to know about the gear, weather, and techniques used for kiteboarding in high winds.  Help keep your kiting safe and enjoyable by focusing on these three critical areas:

kiteboard for high windGear for high wind kiting

Did you know a 30-knot wind’s power is four times stronger than 15 knots? And yes, you’ll get 30-knot and occasionally even 40-knot winds in both Bahia Salinas and Lake Arenal.  Mixing both the right kite size and style are key high-wind ingredients. Small, stable gust-absorbing kites offer more stability, depower and safety. And your board needs good bite. Narrower shapes with flex and larger fins allow more control in powered conditions. A harness that lowers your gravity center helps manage power. Also, be sure your gear is in immaculate condition. A small, unrepaired pinhole can break open under high pressure, so even if you go out in stable wind but hit high-wind gusts, it can be a spoiler.

Costa Rica wind patternWeather tips for high-wind kiteboarding

High winds are often products of unstable weather systems. They shift more in speed and direction than lighter breezes.  Fortunately in both Arenal and Playa Copal the wind direction is relatively stable, but the wind gusts can really catch you by suprise if you don’t know what to expect.  Especially when kiteboarding out of Playa Copal in Bahia Salinas, you’ll notice not just gusts, but also wind streams.  You’ll want to ask about these beforehand so you can adjust and enjoy the wind streams between the beach and Isla Bolaños, which can give you an extra kick or where you’ll need to power down to avoid an uncomfortable or dangerous ride.  Knowing what’s going to happen is just as important as what is happening. Study the weather and local area. Avoid shallow water, obstacles and crazy wind patterns.

Check out the wind forecasts for Costa Rica and be prepared before you go.

Technique for high wind

Strong winds require dedicated focus to every element, especially kite control. Since you’ll be riding smaller kites, everything is faster. In Bahia Salinas we’ve seen kiteboarders using 3m and 5m kites, which lets you know it really can get strong sometimes.  It’s not common, but definitely gets to that point a few days during the season.  Your brain and reaction time must keep up. Slow and easy movements are vital. Know overpowered riding techniques. Keeping your kite low and board on edge decreases control loss by maximizing resistance. If you’re flying high, your kite’s probably too big and only your body weight is working for you.

Read up on the top spots for high-wind kitesurfing in Costa Rica:

Find some Costa Rican kiteboard lessons or kite equipment for your  adventure:

06
Nov

2012 kites in Costa Rica – kitesurfing gear

costa rica kitesWe’re very excited to test out the new 2012 kites now that the Costa Rica kiteboarding season is starting. At the top two spots for kitesurfing in Bahia Salinas and Arenal Lake there seem to be mostly three brands of kites out there, with other kite brands interspersed from leftovers and visiting Kitesurfers who bring their own gear. Those top kite brands are shown below with introductory videos and description for one of each of their flagship kites: Cabrinha, North, and Best Kiteboarding. If you want to test these out or buy kites in Costa Rica, check out the gear page for the top kite gear sellers.

The three kites are the North Rebel, Cabrinha Switchblade, and Best Kiteboarding TS.

First, here’s an intro video

01
Nov

Pura Vida kiteboarding video

Pura Vida Kiteboard Costa RicaHere’s a great PURA VIDA kiteboarding video shot over several months of travel and kitesurfing.  With a name like that, anyone that’s traveled to Costa Rica would say this was all about kiteboarding “Costa Rica”, drinking some Imperial, and even visiting some of the lesser known kitesurfing spots on Costa Rica’s pacific coast or even the odd kite day in Puerto Viejo.

The video is an original from Pett.  Pett is a snowkiter, kiteboarder.  It’s a short movie from several months of living, travelling and kitesurfing around Spain and Portugal – sorry, no Costa Rica kiteboarding on this one. Still, it’s a good video with kite-viewpoints, shots from a camera mounted on the board, and some edited footage of wakestyle kiteboard tricks.  Cehck out some great jumps around 2:45 and the series of missed landings and kite crashes around 4:50.

The track on the video is Sweetest girl by Wyclef Jean (live from Madrid)

30
Oct

Ticowind Arenal announces their kitesurf and windsurf season

Kiteboarding in Arenal LakeTico Wind kitesurfing and windsurf center in Arenal announced their opening date for later next month, on November 24th, 2011. Arguably the best kiteboarding center on Arenal Lake, they’ll be open from 24th of November 2011 to the 30th of April 2012, covering the peak of the wind and kiting season in Costa Rica.

24
Oct

A year in the life of a kiteboarder

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Awesome and inspiring kiteboard video. Just in time to rev up for the wind season in Costa Rica.

18
Oct

Wind forecast for top 2 Costa Rica kitesurf spots

Costa Rica wind patternHere are the wind forecasts for the top two kiteboarding spots in Costa Rica. You’ve probably already seen that the best months at these spots are November-May. In fact, many hotels and kitesurfing schools close during the off-season, so be sure to check if you decide to go during the non-windy season. You may still get some wind and there are other options down on the Caribbean or kitesurfing the Pacific coast June-October. If you need more kitesurfing information for Bahia Salinas Kiteboarding or Kitesurf Lake Arenal, just follow the links.

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