where kitesurfing started in sri lanka
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kitesurfing in sri lanka
You probably already know that everyone is talking about kitesurfing in Sri Lanka, right? Of course, you do!
Kalpitiya and especially Kappalady lagoon, where kitesurfing had started in Sri Lanka, nowadays enjoy the reputation as the windiest places in Asia. The kitesport in Asia went through a real awakening as kitesurfing in Sri Lanka took off some years back and it keeps growing at a solid pace as everyone’s attention is on it. Even though more and more kiters keep coming, Kappalady and Kalpitiya are still in a very early stage and mass tourism has not arrived in the area. However, they all come for good reasons. With its laidback and authentic vibe, thriving kite spots, mind blowing wind stats, tropical nature and warm smiles of the locals, kitesurfing in Sri Lanka reaches you on a deeper level.
From the Northwestern coast of Sri Lanka, the Kalpitiya peninsula is reaching about 40 km into the windy Indian ocean. On the seaside at milepost 26 is the turnoff to Kappalady beach and lagoons, the windiest spot of all as it is fully exposed on the West coast harvesting the SW monsoon winds which blow through the entire main kiteseason from May – October. Kappalady is the birth place of kitesurfing in Sri Lanka. At the tip of the main peninsula you Kalpitiya lagoon, which has made its name for its size and good wind conditions during winter Dec-Feb. It is quite gusty in summer, as the wind is striving for several kilometers over the land before reaching the lagoon. Nevertheless most kiteschools have based themselves at Kalpitiya lagoon because of its size and the fact that Kappalady was already taken. Due to the many schools operating here, it has become the busiest kite location in Sri Lanka – however it should be noted that none of the kiteschools and hotels are located both on the beach and at the lagoon. Either far from the beach or have to board a crowded jeep to get to the kitespot before getting onto the water. Not ideal but hey, the prices are also lower around Kalpitiya as it caters rather for the medium to low end market.
The main attraction of area in regards to kitesurfing, is definitely the flat and shallow water of the lagoons, numerous small islands and remote kitespots offering nearly endless options for kitesafaris and downwind trips. And of course the most essential of it all is the wind which is just outstanding over the year, making kitesurfing in Sri Lanka possible for 8 month of the year. (if you are a “foiler” you can kite even more than that - probably 300 days / year)
As Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka was ignited here in Kappalady and us being the pioneers of kitesurfing in Sri Lanka, we established ourselves for the above good reasons here on the sunny and windy Kappalady sandbank between the sea and the lagoon. People say its small, that’s true - but we are just 2 co-operating kiteschools here and with its authentic local fishing village in the back and the few small hotels, Kappalady has a coziness which is unique. Out of respect to the local firshermen and their tradition to start fishin...
Finish your energizing, delicious breakfast in the morning and all you have to do is jump in! You will be driven to our safari boat which is a short 10-minute drive away. Our crew will arrange your kitesurfing gear. You just have to arrive at the boat, hop in and we are off! After a boat ride of 20 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the spot of the day you will arrive at one of our secret kite spots – all these locations are treasured by our expert team of kitesurfers. These are some of our team’s favorite spots for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka. Our kite crew will help you set up and you will be ready to go on a kitesurfing adventure like never before!
There will always be an IKO Instructor on hand if you get into any difficulties or if you would love to learn some advanced trick and improve your riding skills. With lots of space, flat water and undisturbed wind you find yourself in perfect conditions to practice and enjoy. After some exciting time kitesurfing in these pristine spots, we’d ...
Kappaldy is an outstanding location for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka and everything is right there. With its sprawling flatwater in its waist deep lagoons, the steadiest and best wind conditions from May - September and a beautiful secluded and clean beach and natural environment Kappalady is THE safest and coziest spot for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka. The wind direction changes from South-West during summer to North – West in Winter. Besides relaxing at the Elements infinity pool next to the kitespot, cycling, kayaking and standup paddeling in the sheltered part of the lagoons are our all year side activities. Besides kitesurfing in Sri Lanka, the winters turn the ocean in front of Kappalady into a home to large shoals of spinner dolphins, and groups of blue-, grey-, and sperm whales. Even killer whales and the majestic manta rays have been seen. However to see the big whales, you require some luck and patience. The dolphins however we call our “winter friends” as they are almost always aro...
whAT ELSE TO LOOK FOR DURING YOUR KITESURFING HOLIDAY IN SRI LANKA?
While Kappalady offers a thrilling, meaningful and exciting experience, there’s more to add to your kitesurfing journey in Sri Lanka. If you are looking for an epic kitesurfing adventure in Sri Lanka, join us on a kite safari to one of the many remote kitespots in the greater area. Our kite safaris operate to Puttalam Lagoon, Dutch Bay, and Portugal Bay and of course Vella island which have discovered and have organized the very first kitesurfing trip to these islands in the year 2004. And that’s not all. We also organize combined wildlife & kitesurfing safaris where you set out in a quest to spot the majestic Sri Lankan leopard in the morning and then do a 20km stunning downwinder from Wilpattu park back to our base.
At Kitecenter Sri Lanka we celebrate breathtaking sunset kite sessions in the ocean - gliding through the swift waters when the sinking sun paints skies in layers of colors. After your sunset session, we head back to our laid back beach bar for a refreshing sundowner enjoying one of the signature drinks of our beach bar crew. You chill in one of the relaxing bean bags and allow yourself to reflect the day with fellow riders. Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka at its best!
Kite Center Sri Lanka is embedded within the Elements Beach & Nature Resort, right at the Kappalady Kite Beach and Lagoon and Kite Beach -10 km south of Kalpitiya town.
For those who choose to stay with us at Elements Beach & Nature Resort, here’s how your day starts. You’d wake up to birdsong in your coco leave thatched cabana, or the relaxing lagoon villa, with a coffee in your hand as you listen to the rustling sound of the palm leaves. Take a stroll down our resort path to the beach restaurant where a tasty homemade breakfast is waiting for you – think of tropical fruit platters and delicious Sri Lankan food, a cup of good Ceylon tea and your toes in the sand. In winter, from December to March, you can kitesurf in Sri Lanka in the afternoons as the wind picks up with the warming of the mountains in the central island. During the summer months, May to August, you can enjoy kitesurfing in Sri Lanka throughout the whole day.
But, first, its breakfast time. With your feet in the ...
The Coco Cabana is a 100% nature & eco concept. You are living among the palm tops. Beautiful, chilled, cozy, airy and tasteful, yet privat and quiet. It has 2 single or one double bed. It hosts 2 adults, ideally a couple. done. Chillout lounge in front of the cabana. Open bathroom with natural rain shower under the open sky (no hot water - water temperature about 26°C).
The Lagoon Villas are located right at the Kappalady Kite Lagoon. Each villa has a private pier to relax, read or gaze at the kite scene on the lagoon. Very spaceous, airy, rainfall shower under the open sky. Warm water, indoor bathroom, upper deck, covered outdoor lounge. clever ventilation system harvesting the cool seabreeze. Hosts a family with up to 3 children easily.
The Beach Villas enjoy a stunning veiw over the Kappalady Kite Beach. The main feature of the Beach Villas is the "mega hammock" a large free hanging net - for chilling and checking out the scene. Another feature is the large lounge swing in front of the villa. Extremely spaceous, airy, rainfall shower under the open sky. Warm water, outdoor bathroom, upper deck, covered outdoor lounge. Hosts up to 4 adults of a family of 5-6 people.