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Martinique is a perfect destination for kitesurfing. Especially during the winter and spring and especially during the dry season which runs from November to March. It is indeed a period of excellent conditions. There are many fascinating spots in Martinique, so get ready to kite!
Kitesurfing is a water sport. It is practiced using towed kites. It also requires the use of slings to attach the athletes to the kites so that they can glide on the water with their board. This is very similar to the one used by surfers.
Some people classify kitesurfing as an extreme sport. Why is it so? Because of the high adrenaline rush and the fact that it is practiced in a natural environment. Despite its long history, kitesurfing has become a very popular sport among sea enthusiasts.
It has quickly spread as a sport that allows you to enjoy spectacular natural landscapes. It is a sport that allows you to make spectacular jumps and stunts in the water at very high speeds.
If you think that water sports are not sports, think again! With kitesurfing, you will experience incredible sensations! Kitesurfing is a very complete sport as it allows you to increase the strength of your arms, legs and trunk.
In addition, kitesurfing helps to relax the body and relieve stress. It helps to improve coordination and balance and strengthens the immune system. It also helps to speed up decision-making in difficult situations. Kitesurfing also allows you to control your weight and shape your body without ignoring your strength and resistance.
An introductory course where equipment and safety rules are taught will allow you to start with confidence. Kitesurfing equipment includes twin tip surfboards, bows and arrows or triangular kites. Safety belts are also needed to prevent the kite from escaping when performing stunts in the water. It is also recommended buying kite inflators, impact vests, helmets and water shoes.
The Atlantic coast is a favorite spot for kitesurfers on the island of Martinique, especially in the southern part of the island. There is a large shallow lagoon on the edge of Coconut Palm Beach.
This is where beginners and experts alike love to kitesurf in Martinique. You will find the best kitesurfing spots between Sainte-Anne and the Baie du Vauclin.
They are very popular, but there is usually still enough space for everyone.
The most popular spots on the island are: Pointe Faula (Woklin), Anse Michel (Médaille Chevalier) and Anse Trabaud (Sainte Anne).
Pointe Faula in Wakelin is the most popular kitesurfing spot in Martinique. The lagoon is shallow and wide. You can have fun in a totally safe environment, whatever your level. Next to the Pointe Faula, you can discover some less frequented kitesurfing spots. This is the case of Anse Petit Macabou and Cap Est.
On the other side, you can discover beautiful landscapes at Anse Michel. This is another very popular spot for kitesurfers and windsurfers, as the area is very windy. At Anse Michel, you will find shallows, so if you are a beginner, be careful not to take risks.
Finally, experienced kitesurfers can go to Anse Trabaud, a truly idyllic spot. The wind blows very strongly, especially in the morning. It is the ideal place to train on the waves. Beginners should avoid certain spots, which are certainly suitable for kitesurfing, but are not recommended because of their waves and shallows.
Among them, expert kitesurfers can go to spots like Tartane and Grand'Rivière.
Also be careful on the Atlantic coast, as there are sea urchin colonies that could harm you. In other words, don't forget to bring booties.
A wetsuit is not necessary, as the water temperature varies between 25 and 30°C. Remember to apply sun cream, as the sun's reflection on the water could be dangerous for your skin!
On the other side of the island, you will find spots that also attract kitesurfers. This is the case of Pointe du Bout (Trois-îlets) and Le Diamant in the south-west of the island.
All water sports lovers can go to La Pointe du Bout in the gulf of Fort-de-France, a spacious place near the capital bathed in calm waters. There, it is windy most of the year. In fact, the wind blows almost continuously for eight months, from November to June.
It is also the location of the Fise Academy Caribbean Kite Challenge. If you don't want to leave the shore, you can take a boat down to the center of the bay. For the experts who like to take risks, go to Le Diamant. This spot with a lot of strong currents and winds, so big waves are generated. But the landscape is breathtaking!
Remember to get information before going to a kitesurfing spot. Sometimes, the wind is not the only condition that makes kitesurfing in Martinique difficult. Beginners can also be challenged by rocks and coral.
If you are unsure, you can take a few lessons on site before venturing out on the water on your own. Self-help is one of the basic things you need to master before venturing into a dangerous area.
To learn kitesurfing in Martinique in complete safety, there are many centers on the island that offer both courses and lessons, but also rental, sale and repair of equipment. This is notably the case of Air Fly 972 that you can find at Pointe Faula.
At the Club Nautique du Vauclin, you can do courses and supervised sailing. The club is also located at Pointe Faula.
Alizé Fun, located in Anse Michel, also offers courses and equipment rental to go and train on the spot of Cap Chevalier. With this center, you can even go by boat to the spot of the Baie des Anglais.
Baz'Notik or Fanatic Board Center Martinique is located in the Hotel Carayou and offers training courses, group or individual lessons as well as equipment rental for the practice of various water sports.
So here you are, ready to start kitesurfing in the idyllic landscapes of the island of Martinique. If the key word of the practice is pleasure, you will also have to go to spots adapted to your level, to take into consideration that the sea is an unstable element and that prudence must also be put in place.
Once you've done a few warm-up lessons, and you feel ready, take the wind, take the wave and live an unforgettable experience!
The best period to kitesurf in Martinique is between December and June.
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