Kiteboarding Paradise in Turks and Caicos Islands
May 09, 2019
The Turks and Caicos Islands is quickly becoming discovered as the kiteboarding paradise of the Caribbean! Located in the British West Indies, this enchanted island is well known for Grace Bay and its white sand beaches that earned it the “most beautiful beach in the world” award by TripAdvisor, however the South Shore on Long Bay Beach is a kiteboarders paradise.
What makes Long Bay such a rare gem in the kiteboarding world? The unique wind and water conditions.
10 Month Wind Season
Kiteboarders not only need wind, but it is best to have super steady smooth winds. The winds here come in from the oceanside and so are as smooth as you can get. This makes kiteboarding easier to learn as the consistent winds allow for smooth power delivery from the kite. In addition, the Turks and Caicos Islands boasts the longest wind season in the Caribbean. Kite Provo, the first & largest kiteboarding school here, established a wind / weather station and has been recording the real time winds for the past years. You can see the map which shows you that we have winds 10 months out of the year, Nov-August. The best kiteboarding is in the summer months with stronger winds. We average 90% kiteable days. Check out the wind map and real time wind info on www.kiteprovo.com
Flat shallow waters – kiteboarding lessons are taught in waist deep waters so you can stand (and rarely have to swim). In fact, the Caicos Banks is a 90 mile shelf that extends nearly 2 miles from the shore allowing you to walk on a solid sand bottom for miles! This makes learning way easier as you can easily stand with the kite and walk upwind. The Shore Club and Kite Provo have manicured the bottom surface removing sharp rocks and shells.
Chris Moore, a pioneer in the sport of kiteboarding, has been teaching since the conception of the sport. He has travelled the world teaching people to kiteboard and even developed the instructor training system to certify instructors. Chris states, “When I discovered Long Bay beach, I immediately realized this was the spot that I had been dreaming about all my life. There simply is no better place to learn to kiteboard in the world than Long Bay Beach!” Chris moved here and runs the kiteboarding school Kite Provo, which offers lessons to all levels, the fast-growing foil boarding, and also boat led kite adventures.
For the perfect kiteboarding vacation, stay right where all the action is at The Shore Club Turks & Caicos.