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Kitesurfing in Sydney

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Published November 6th 2009
Kitesurfing or kiteboarding is one of the newest form of extreme sport that has hit the world's shores. The surfer needs a board to surf on and a kite to propel and maneuver him over the waves with the help of the wind. By harnessing the power of the wind and ocean, your board can reach top speeds while you fly into the air at 20 feet. There is an adrenaline rush involved for thrill seekers alike. The sport definitely needs skill and an certified instructor for starters.

New South Wales has a kitesurfing association which is a non-profit organization called NSWKBA. The organization has a group of members who love kitesurfing and is a good way to get in touch with other kiters to find out the best locations for the sport. The organization aims to promote safe kitesurfing practices. Their website also lists the upcoming events for the sport, Australian kiteboarding associations and shops that sell the equipment.

Since the sport relies on wind, locations that are suitable for kitesurfing are ones which have consistent, steady side-onshore winds (around 10 to 35 knots) and large open bodies of water. Botany Bay is a popular location for kitesurfing and many organizations hold lessons there too. Some other locations as prescribed by the NSWKBA can be found here.

Other popular organizations that provide lessons and equipment are Kitepower Australia and Kiteboarding Lessons.

Known as a form of extreme sport, kitesurfing is surely not for the weak hearted.
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Why? Try surfing a new way
When: When the wind is favorable
Where: Many locations around Sydney
Cost: Equipment will cost between $500 and $2500. Lessons will cost around $100 - $300. Wind is free!
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