Are you ready to dive into a thrilling new water sport? Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced enthusiast, wing foiling and kiteboarding are the best things to do in the Turks and Caicos. In this guide, we’ll provide valuable insights into the progression stages, target audience, and suitable locations for each sport. At Onda, we are passionate about both sports and can help you embark on an exciting journey of learning!
Wing foiling offers a less intimidating learning experience with fewer potential accidents and mishaps. If you find yourself in trouble, simply let go of the wing. The boards are buoyant, allowing you to paddle your way back to safety if you’re caught on the water with no wind.
Beginners can achieve independence in wing foiling relatively quickly compared to kiteboarding. However, being independent in wing foiling doesn’t mean you’ll be riding like a pro. It allows you to venture out on your own sooner, with reduced risk of serious injury.
Who Should Try Winging?
Wing foiling offers a simpler alternative. All you need to do is show up at the water, pump your wing, and start riding. There are no lines to untangle, providing a surfy and relaxed feel. While there are still countless tricks to master, the jumps may not be as high or floaty as in kiteboarding. It is a great way for kids to get into wind sports as well as riders intimidated by kiteboarding.
Wing foiling is more accessible than kiteboarding. If you have enough space to get the board and wing into the water and there’s wind, you’re good to go. Although steady wind makes it easier, it doesn’t need to be as stable as kiteboarding requires. The wing has a wide wind range, and the foil’s efficiency helps you navigate through the lulls. If you lack a large open area next to the water or experience unstable winds, wing foiling is your best choice.
With proper guidance, kiteboarding is a safe and enjoyable sport to learn. However, it requires a longer road to independence compared to wing foiling and necessitates more assistance.
At Long Bay Beach, perfect conditions accelerate the progression of kite boarders. Most beginners get to ride the board during their first lesson, skipping the board recover stages typically encountered elsewhere. However, achieving independence usually requires a minimum of 10 hours of lessons.
Once you become an independent kiteboarder, the possibilities are endless. You can choose to cruise around on the water or explore more advanced techniques like jumping, riding a surfboard, or even hydro foiling.
Who Should Try Kiteboarding?
While it can be as mellow as you want, it also has the potential to be one of the most extreme sports in the world if you choose to take it to the next level. If you’re an adrenaline junkie seeking an exhilarating experience, kiteboarding is the perfect fit.
Kiteboarding requires specific conditions to ensure safety. You will need unobstructed wind and a large area for launching and landing the kite. Check your local spot to see if there have been any restrictions placed on kiteboarding.
If you are looking for things to do while in Provo, both wing foiling and kiteboarding offer incredible experiences and growth opportunities. Onda is here to support you in reaching your goals, no matter which sport you choose. As passionate practitioners of both sports, we understand how they complement each other and appreciate their unique qualities. So, dive into the world wind sports and you will be hooked for life!