Published On: Sat, May 26th, 2018

Tulum seeks to consolidate as a world-class spot for kiteboarding

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The extreme sport called kiteboarding, which is aquaplaning driven at high speed by the wind using a kite shaped sail, is becoming more and more popular in Tulum, where local athletes are trying to consolidate the site as a world-class spot for the practice of this sport.

Although the best months to practice this sport are from October to February, it is possible to practice all year round, because there are winds constantly coming from the Caribbean Sea.

Federico Sarmiento, a sports practitioner, says that in the coming years Tulum will be consolidated as one of the three most important points in the Yucatan Peninsula to practice this activity, after Celestun and Isla Mujeres.

“Just a few years back, we received 10 to 15 kitesurfers, but now we have  up to 250 every year” said the interviewee.

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The cost of kitesurfing is around 120 dollars or 2,000 Mexican pesos for 90 minutes, but if you are a beginner you need the support of an instructor, and the cost is 200 dollars or 3,000 Mexican pesos per lesson.

Sarmiento says that foreign tourism is the main source of kitesurfers on the area, but more and more Mexican nationals are getting interested in practicing this sport.

He explained that, to consolidate Tulum as a world-class Kitesurf spot, hotels in the area where this activity is practiced, need to open kiteboarding “shacks” and shops inside their premises, which would be ideal to attract more tourists.

Source: lajornadamaya.mx



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