Beat the heat under the water!

By Sergio González | 11:41

Learning to surf in Ecuador

We spend nine months of our lives entirely underwater which begins without even being born. We love it, we need it, it’s a part of who we are. Practising sports in, on and under water seems so natural and appealing to us that in a way we have left few boundries to beat.

From passionate frogmen playing rugby or hockey underwater to graceful -but incredibly strong- swimmers dancing synchronized in pools, the list of watersport gets grazy regarding rivers and seas, the real primal element.

Summer is the season most of us choose to have first contact with jet-skiing or snorkeling. With mercury threatening to burst from thermometres and our desire for adventure alive as ever, let’s see what we can do further than just laying on the sand.

Surfing may forever remain the king of watersports. Not as easy as it might seem at a first glance at experienced surfers, all you  need is a board and some incredible skills. Learning how to read the sea to unveil when the right wave is coming and making the board become part of your body so you can enjoy the ride is something that can’t be learned in a day.

However, don’t let it stop you. Just trying is extremely amusing and thrilling. In Europe you have to be in the Atlantic Coast, the Mediterranean isn’t exactly famous for its waves. Biarritz in France -where the water is the warmest- hosts many competitions and shows and the West coast of Ireland is a good spot for beginners. Like the North coast of Spain, there are very good places to surf, but rain may be falling for several days in a row, even in August.

The Southern Spanish coast offers both wind and sun. Spending your holidays on the Coast of Cádiz is one of the best ideas ever. A wise combination of high quality hotelscheck out the minimalist but warm Andalusian NH Sotogrande– lively night life and unspoiled nature. Several natural parks by the shore protect endless miles of sand and pine-forests from civilisation, allowing you to feel the freest boarding waves in a virgin world.

Scuba-diving in Yucatán

Canary Islands are the best choice for anyone who wants to practice surf or any of its versions,  no matter what time of the year. In addition to strong cealess trade winds, 25 Cº are waiting for you any month of the year. 

Kite-surfing seems like the crazy sister of surf, always pushing a bit further. Also meant to be performed riding a board over raging waves, a especial kind of kite -known as power kite or traction kite, propels the kitesurfer who can take advantage of wind guts. Kites are key in this watersport and mastering them is the only way to practise it safely. There are two most used ones. 

LEI kites -made out of inflatable polyester- despite needing to be manually inflated, are very popular since they perform faster and better along the kitesurfer’s moves and commands. Foil kites are arch-shaped nylon -imported from paraglide- which cover wider wind ranges at amazing speeds, allowing the most trained ones to perform wild extravagant turns and reach flying speeds of 50 knots (60 mph).

It can be practised even inland –like in Lake Neusiedl in Austria– but in Europe, The Netherlands and UK are the most famous places for kitesurfing. California, Hawaii and Australia -traditional surf spots- keep on beign the queens but Egypt and Morocco are the last trend.

Actually these place are a paradise for summer water sports, because who doesn’t want to dive in to see the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland or swim with Nemo and his fellow clownfishes in the Red Sea? Don’t give it a second thought, beat the heat under the sea!

Photo Credit: Epsos.de

Photo Credit: JulesJulesJules m

 
  • posted by Loopingit | 22 July 2013, 12:50,

    Think the Canary Islands will be the next trip for me i alway seem to learn new moves here and meet good people.

     
  • posted by Courtney Imel | 22 July 2013, 17:27,

    Thanks for the comment! That sounds like a great trip! 😉

     

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