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Kitesurfing near Singapore

Post by restosing » Wed, 09 Jul 2008 1:52 am

Hi,
Does anyone know where the closest kitesurfing location is from Singapore? I´m hoping to learn....
thanks!
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Post by JermD » Wed, 09 Jul 2008 10:30 am

Hey,

I've seen and heard people do actually kitesurf in Singapore - East Coast Park and near Changi. I've also heard from various sources that kitesurfing is banned in Singapore but then have heard conflicting reports that it hasn't. Although as far as I'm aware there is no-one that you can learn to kitesurf from here.

When I first moved here I researched into it as I had done a basic course in the UK and was eager to continue. The only site I found was:

http://www.kiteboarding.com.sg/

It wasn't very up-to-date (and now is even less so), and it stated that the training was actually done in Malaysia (and you would have to make your own way there).

Other places I have found are::

Bintan
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Unfortunately when I went there it was the "off-season" and they had no wind, therefore the instructor wasn't there at the time. The resort I went to, Mana Mana, has since got new management and they have moved all the water sports to East Coast - minus the kitesurfing:

http://www.manamana.com

Bali:
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Again I went there in the off-season (according to the instructor the worst month for wind - how was I to know?), but they seemed friendly:

http://www.bali-kitesurfing.org/kiteschool.html

Thailand:
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http://www.kiteboardingasia.com/

I've also heard there are places in Vietnam to learn but are more difficult to get to.

Let me know if you're planning a trip or find someone in Singapore to teach (I have my own equipment) because I am still keen to get out there on the board.

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Post by Yelena » Wed, 23 Jul 2008 10:36 pm

Hi! I just took my first lessons last weekend..in Russia.was beautiful spot on the lake..

I would like to take some lessons in Aug in Spore or Bintan or Bali..

Any advise where to go?
Does anybody want to join?

its such an exciting sport..)
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Post by jamesy » Thu, 24 Jul 2008 5:29 pm

Hi Lia, the mid season is in full swing but wind is limited around singapore. Best time is during the North East monsoon (dec) season where the winds will be good in east msia just north desaru and bintan.
I've done it at east coast during july but its really hit and miss because of wind conditions. I can help if you want to learn, send me a PM.

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Post by jamesy » Thu, 24 Jul 2008 5:42 pm

Jerm, kiteboarding is illegal in singapore under hang gliding regulations i was told. If you do it at changi beach the coast guard will most likely come out. Best to try at east coast near the cable ski lagoon at carpark E2, good location in mainland singapore for the SW monsoon.

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Post by Yelena » Fri, 25 Jul 2008 4:21 am

Hi! thanks for reply
I would love to go to Bintan..))
In mid Aug

Are there any schools/IKO instructors?
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Post by jamesy » Fri, 25 Jul 2008 11:50 am

There was an instructor by the name of chris at manamana a few years ago. Not sure about that now. Havent you said you've taken lessons already? You dont need anymore classes.

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Kitesurfing in Asia_Mid Aug

Post by Yelena » Fri, 25 Jul 2008 2:11 pm

I have taken two hrs lesson just , so I just on the really initial stage
But I like the sport a lot))
I am thinking to go for IKO level 1&2 this august.
I have heard a lot abt Philippines, Bali, Vietnam and a little abt Bintan.
Any ideas where should i go for a nice school?
Anybody wants to join?!
Lia
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Post by perplex_sheep » Sun, 27 Jul 2008 5:42 pm

Just got back from Bintan and checked out the Kite Surfing scene there.

The season starts late Oct/Nov - Feb, and Nirwana Beach Club (previously known as Mana Mana) have instructor/s to teach you. They don't have an exact rate when I inquire, but gave an indicative of SGD$250 for 2.5 hours lesson. I thought the price is a bit steep, because its about USD$150 for 2 days course in Boracay when I was checking it out previously. Then again, prices probably went up.

They dont have rates for rental of the kite surf equipment (since this is not the season) and the girl is reluctant to give me an indicative rates. If you have your own equipment, its free to kite surf on the beach of Nirwana Beach Club, if you are staying there. If you are not, there is a nominal entrance fee that they will charge (not exactly clear how much it is, but its probably only $10/$20).

Hope this info helps!

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Post by Yelena » Tue, 29 Jul 2008 2:01 pm

Thanks for sharing the info. Don't see Bintan as a great place to learn now.. Yes, I 've heard a lot about Borakai (Phillippins)! Will check out this place as well as Bali.. Still have some time:))
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Post by JermD » Tue, 29 Jul 2008 5:59 pm

Yeah, thanks for the update on Bintan. Might have to plan a weekend trip out that way towards the end of the year. Might I suggest in the meantime a meet-up in East Coast Park one windy weekend? I'd be keen on a few pointers Jamesy.

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Post by SteveG » Tue, 29 Jul 2008 6:35 pm

It's such a pitty that after two years in Singapore I never made it to try kite surfing. :( Thanks for the provided links. I'll have a look and see if I can try it out before I go to Abu Dhabi.
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Post by jamesy » Wed, 30 Jul 2008 2:07 pm

Looks like the wind is picking up. Might work if you have a big kite. What size is your kite Jerm? I'd check www.ulfp.com for realtime wind updates. I havent been kiteboarding for 2 years so dont know if I'll of any help. One thing I'll highly recommend for beginners is cable skiing. I read somewhere kiteboarding is 80% kitecontrol and 20% board control. Its crazy to go on the kite and board without being proficient with the board first. Lucky theres cable skiing.

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Post by JermD » Thu, 31 Jul 2008 9:05 am

I've got a 12m kite, not sure if that's big enough for the wind here?
I haven't tried cable skiing (yet - I'll give anything a go at least once!), but I have been wakeboarding several times and am a proficient snow boarder.

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Post by jamesy » Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:19 am

If your kite is the traditional C shaped kite 12m is definately not big enough. You could body surf with it though and learn kite control. I think i might do just that as well. Its been windy lately.

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