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Emerging kiting destination in Asia

Emerging kiting destination in Asia

Kiting is one of the most exciting and exhilarating water sports in the world. This adventure sport has been able to keep a large number of enthusiast around its realm.  One main requirement of kiting is the proper location with adequate wind. Unnecessary strong waves are not suitable for kiting. If you look for a destination with proper environmental conditions for kiting, Sri Lanka might be your destinations. Sri Lanka, a tiny island in the Indian Ocean has the most appropriate conditions for kiting in the region.

Kiting is a water sport performed on the surface of the water; it can be described as a combination of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding and gymnastics. Kiteboarder uses the force of wind with a large kite and moves the kiteboard on the water by controlling the kite. Proper usage of techniques is more important in kitesurfing than the use of physical strength.

The island is surrounded by warm clear waters of Indian Ocean and its pristine beaches estimated to be more than 1000 km long. Sri has become a destination for water sports during the last several years. Unlike earlier Island is not attractive only for leisure travellers but also the sports enthusiast, especially in the field of water sports. Lonely planet recognized Sri Lanka as the top holiday destination to visit in 2013. One reason for being chosen as the top holiday destination in 2013 is the possibility to perform various sports activities.

Sri Lanka has emerged as the hottest kitesurfing destination in the world.  It is on the radar of kiting enthusiasts as travel magazines, documentaries, forums and blogs talks a lot about the locations such as Kalpitiya. Kalpitiya is the untouched beach holiday destination in North-west Sri Lanka. Kalpitiya is the most favourable location for this amazing sport in the island, stable wind and vast flat water with lagoons provides the best opportunity for kitesurfing. The resources of Kalpitiya were forgotten for last several decades due to the security reasons. But today, as the safety of holidaymakers is secured, foreigners, as well as locals, are heading to this emerging holiday destination in Sri Lanka.

North-West monsoon (from May to September) is the best period for kitesurfing in Kalpitiya. During this period the wind speed estimated to be around 20 knots, throughout the day. Combination of unspoilt beaches, warm and crystal clear water and steady wind make Kalpitiya one of the most suitable places for kitesurfing. Kalpitiya is suitable for very experienced as well novices in this sport. Several local companies with well trained and certified staff are engaged in instructing the novices how to enjoy this fascinating sport in a safe manner.

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