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April 26, 2017

BORACAY KITESURFING: Fly and Surf with Freestyle Academy! @regaladooexperiences

April 26, 2017

BORACAY KITESURFING: Fly and Surf with Freestyle Academy! @regaladooexperiences





by Juanico Fernandez

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Boracay is a well-known summer destination for friends and lovers. People from all over the world flock here to relax, eat, party, and enjoy fun activities under the sun.

There are a lot of things to see and do in this not-so-tiny island...you only have to know where to look.

 

Freestyle Academy - Kitesurfing School
Bulabog Beach, Boracay, Philippines
Website: www.freestyle-boracay.com
Facebook: Freestyle Boracay
Instagram: @freestyleacademy
Email: info@freestyle-boracay.com
Contact: +63 36 288 9254 / +63 9155593080





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Boracay is renowned for its fine white sandy beaches, sunny weather all year round, and crazy nightlife. But did you know that on the other side of the island lies a special treat?

 

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Bulabog beach in Boracay is perfect for kitesurfing! It’s a paradise with the ideal wind and water conditions, which is great for learning and practicing kitesurfing.

 

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Kitesurfing is a surface water sport that combines wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding into one extreme sport. In short, it’s like riding a surfboard while being towed by a huge kite.

 

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I used to wakeboard on a monthly basis a few years back and had always wanted to try kitesurfing.

 

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At last, I finally had the time and courage to try the sport in the best kitesurfing academy in the country--Freestyle Academy Boracay.

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For starters, I enrolled in one of their 2-hour beginner classes as I have zero knowledge in kitesurfing. As part of the kitesurfing package, I was given and taught about the basic gear and equipment. This includes the kite, handle bar, and belt harness.

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After getting all my gear, I was taught the basics of controlling the handle bar through a mock simulation. These are vital steps in controlling the kite, so be sure to listen carefully.

On paper, controlling the thing seems like a no-brainer--pull left to move the kite left; pull right to move the kite to the right. Sounds easy enough, right? Right…

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Next step was to attach the kite to its harness. It involved a series of knots and a bucket of sweat to manually pump the kite until it took shape.

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The kites are surprisingly huge but light when held by hand. It felt like I was carrying nothing, but it’s an entirely different story once the kite is high up in the sky.

 

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This thing can definitely pull two adults in one go! Once in the water, a kiteboarder must harnesses the power of the wind with the kite while being towed across on a bound wakeboard.

 

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Trust me, fighting against the wind isn't easy at all. I took me hours and hours just to get kite steady in midair.

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I was dragged and lost control of the kite a couple times during my beginner sessions. But that's all part of the learning experience.

 

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Now I know why they teach the basics in multiple sessions because one does not just learn how to control and ride a board in one day.

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What I learned during my short but sweet class is that nothing can be achieved in a short period time. Everything takes time and effort.

But at the end of the day, I was finally able to participate and learn kitesurfing and will definitely be back to finish what I started and hopefully master all the classes. 

Tip: Be sure to go there early to catch the big winds. Preferably weekdays as Bulabog beach can get really crowded on the weekends.

Freestyle Academy - Kitesurfing School
Bulabog Beach, Boracay, Philippines
Website: www.freestyle-boracay.com
Facebook: Freestyle Boracay
Instagram: @freestyleacademy
Email: info@freestyle-boracay.com
Contact: +63 36 288 9254 / +63 9155593080

 

Live an Awesome Life,

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NICO of Team Our Awesome Planet

Disclosure: Our Kitesurfing lessons were courtesy of Regaladoo and its partner branches. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.

P.S. You can give this as a gift to your special someone using the Regaladoo Gifts service.

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