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Kicking Kite Surfing Off My Bucket List
I have always been a bit of an adrenalin junky and throughout my many visits to Mauritius there has been one thing I have always been dying to try - kite surfing.
On the list of dangerous daredevil activities, kite surfing does not rank particularly high but it is still risky and hence - on my bucket-list. It's a fantastic mixture between wakeboarding, wind-surfing, paragliding and gymnastics. Besides, if you have to try something new, why not do it on a tropical island? I honestly don't know why the opportunity never presented itself before – seeing as I am a regular visitor to this very popular kite surfing country.
About two months ago we were back in Mauritius on holiday with the kids. Let me just say how easy it was to find and book a fantastic hotel through Beachcomber. We were lucky enough to pick up an all-inclusive package at a very affordable rate and by the end of our first couple of days of royal
treatment we were already superbly relaxed. Seeing as my wife is my polar opposite in terms of seeking out "fun ways to die" as she calls it, I was not planning on successfully convincing her to join me on a kite surfing adventure. I however, got up one morning feeling extra brave and decided to take on my first adrenalin pumping adventure in a long time - which was convincing her to look after the kids for the day while I went in search of a great kite surfing spot. Thankfully I survived that encounter seeing as my wife knew how much I wanted to try out kite surfing.
It wasn't too long afterwards that I found myself exploring a map of the area in Mauritius that we were staying in to look for the best kite-surfing spot around. I also got some local inside info from our hotel front desk which gave me a good idea where to start and soon I was on my way to the beach. At the top of the list of recommended spots was one particular place, walking distance down the beach from our hote,l that apparently had some fantastic instructors and pricing wasn't too bad either.
Upon my arrival there I realised that I may have underestimated what I was getting myself into. First we had to sit through a quick instructional session which highlighted everything that could go wrong. I was a little taken aback but not put-off at all; I just gave myself an extra pat on the back for being willing to try this "dangerous" sport! The time came to get in the water and it was a million times more exciting than I ever imagined. Luckily I had some experience surfing when I was younger because I needed to remember my sense of balance very quickly if I was going to survive this day with my ego intact.
The one thing that I was not prepared for was the massive amount of upper body strength this sport requires. Wow! I was holding on for dear life as I flew over the waves with the strong wind taking me and my board high up into the air at some stages. Luckily my instructor was nearby most of the time shouting instructions and advice my way, so I never really felt like the situation was out of control. It was an incredibly enjoyable experience and when we were done, vowed that I would return at least one more time that same holiday. That was... until I woke up the next morning. My exceptionally stiff muscles and bruised body was enough to convince me that one kite surfing session per holiday is quite enough for me.