Ride high this summer by challenging yourself to explore sports and hobbies that will dare you to reach the skies. If you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping and gravity-defying hobby, then kiteboarding is the right choice for you.
If you’re new to kitesurfing, then this article will give you tips and information about the water sport and how to save up money to pursue it.
What is kitesurfing?
Photo courtesy of APG Graphics via Pexels
Kiteboarding or kitesurfing is one of the newest hip extreme sports where a person utilizes a kite to harness the power of the wind to propel himself over water as he stands on top of a surfboard. Think surfing or parasailing, but cooler and more challenging.
Kitesurfing draws inspiration from other sports such as snowboarding, paragliding, wakeboarding, and surfboarding. But unlike regular surfing, kitesurfing doesn’t rely heavily on natural variables such as the strength of the waves, which is seasonal and unpredictable. Kitesurfing instead relies on the power of the wind that is pervasive and ever-present throughout the year, especially on islands like Boracay.
Boracay, Philippines: A kitesurfing Eden
Photo courtesy of Hani_han via Pixabay
The Philippines is among the best countries to pursue kitesurfing since it already has the two main elements needed for the sport: bodies of water and strong wind. Other places include Palawan and La Union, but no place comes close to Boracay as the best kitesurfing spot in the Philippines, but also in Asia.
The island is strategically located, making it hospitable for kitesurfing. The Amihan (Southwest Wind) is a stable wind current that blows from November to April, with January and February producing optimal wind currents. The average wind speed reaches 7 to 35 mph making Boracay’s winds gentle enough to be considered safe for beginners, while strong enough for advanced kitesurfers daring to reach the sky.
The best kitesurfing spots in Boracay
Photo courtesy of APG Graphics via Pexels
In Boracay, the main kitesurfing spot is Bulabog Beach. This beach is a watersport Eden thanks to its pristine waters and U-shaped bay.
Water sports and kiteboarding establishments are present along the shores of Bulabog Beach, and they are always ready to assist you when you need help. These include kiteboarding schools if you want to learn the basics and kitesurfing equipment stores in case you want to elevate your kiteboarding experience.
If you find Bulabog Beach too crowded or you want to explore more of Boracay, then check out the Union Beach, which is located in Panay Island just 5 kilometers away from Caticlan. Union Beach lies parallel with Bulabog Beach. Thus it receives the same winds as the former.
Things to do to minimize expenditures
Venturing on a new hobby might be expensive, but the experience is invaluable. These experiences make you become a better person. When it comes to living your life in its fullest, money should never be a problem. So spend wisely and follow your dream.
1. Take into account the cost of kitesurfing equipment
Photo courtesy of Olga1205 via Pixabay
Kitesurfing is a surprisingly affordable water sport. Typical beginners spend about Php8,000 to Php10,000 for the main kitesurfing gears and equipment—not a bad price when availing your kite and board.
If you want to avoid spending on these gears, several establishments in Boracay offer kitesurfing gear rentals you can use. Below are the estimated rates for rentals:
Twintip / Race- or Surfboard
Source: 250k Kiteboarding
With these affordable rates, there’s no reason for you to try kitesurfing this 2020. You might also want to try looking for used kitesurfing gears online to save money. But of course, buy from trusted sellers, and don’t forget to sanitize the items first before doing a test run!
2. Avail of group deals
Photo courtesy of Pexels via Pixabay
To minimize your spending, encourage your friends, colleagues, or classmates to experience kitesurfing with you. There are tons of budget-friendly group deals for you to check out in Boracay to save up for kitesurfing.
Consider also applying and joining kitesurfing enthusiasts’ groups such as Kiteboarding Philippines and Manila Kiteboarding to see if you can join and tag along with them in their water sports escapades. They could also offer you essential kitesurfing tips, so you don’t have to pay for formal lessons.
New adventures are best started when you surround yourself with friends who share the same interests as you.
3. Find the best lodging with great promos
Photo courtesy of Sam_Shin via Unsplash
When it comes to lodging, the premier hotel that suits your new adventure is Alta Vista de Boracay. The hotel in Boracay offers several discounts, so hurry and book now so you can get the best rooms at the most competitive prices.
Right now, you can avail their summer promo by booking online with promo code HELLOSUMMER to get 30% off on room accommodation at Alta Vista de Boracay. The booking period for this promo is February 26 to March 31, 2020, so don’t let the opportunity pass.
4. Plan your itinerary ahead of time
Photo courtesy of Ricardo Bresciani via Pexels
Since you’re already in Boracay, never miss the chance to explore the island while you venture into your new extreme sport.
Boracay offers you the best vacation experience since you’ll never run out of activities to do throughout the day. Pursue your dream by becoming a kitesurfer in the morning, then later explore and immerse yourself in Boracay’s nightlife.
Since kitesurfing is your priority, you need to plan your itinerary ahead of time and follow it strictly to avoid unnecessary expenses. It’s easy to fall in love with Boracay’s beauty and find yourself going to places that might force you to spend more than your allotted budget.
5. Scout for budget-friendly restaurants
Photo courtesy of energepic.com via Pexels
Boracay is home to an international array for cuisines that cater to the taste buds of its myriad of tourists. Some of these cost a fortune, but others offer sumptuous dishes that are not only satisfying but also very budget-friendly.
We suggest you check out Plato' D Boracay with meals ranging from Php90 to Php120 if you're looking for a place to grab lunch or dinner. You might also want to try Nagisa Coffee Shop if you're going to kick back and relax your muscles in a café after expending your body in kitesurfing. You'll never run out of food choices when you're in Boracay.
Now that you've been introduced to the kitesurfing basics, it's time for you to pursue this extreme sport and make it your new hobby. Seize the opportunity and venture into something new this 2020. With the help of these budgeting tips, you'll have no reason not to ride the waves of Boracay with your kitesurf gears.