Cyprus Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing is an elite sport that has become the fastest growing sport in popularity over the last 20 years. It attracts a market of high end people from ages 20+ as the complete equipment needed costs an average of 2500+ euro. It is a sport that consists of a small surfboard with a kite that propels the rider over the waves. There are many different variations of the sport – wave riding, freestyling and racing. The sport came to Cyprus in 2000 and has had an immense popularity boost due to the endless coastline and great wind conditions needed for the sport. Currently there is an average of 1000 kiters in Cyprus and this number is increasing every year. Kitesurfing is done in Larnaca and Limassol – Larnaca being more popular due to Kahuna Surfhouse setting up a proper certified centre certified where people can kitesurf, relax, bring their families and enjoy a great extreme sport. The sport organizes massive events around the world – the biggest being the PKRA. Sponsorship for pro riders is mainly from energy drinks and kite equipment brands. The Larnaca Kiteboarding Association is working to put Cyprus on the map as a kiteboarding hotspot. Island like Paros and countries like Egypt base a massive proportion on tourism from kiteboarding packages. This event planned will be marketed globally with the help of our guest appearance. See the links below to get a visual understanding of the sport.The Larnaca Kitesurfing Association has been working under Kahuna Surfhouse in Mazotos since 2008. We are dedicated to promoting kitesurfing on the world class beach in Larnaca through events, social networking and a kitesurf and’ stand up paddle’ school. We have seen a steady increase in interest over the years but a massive doubling in attendance since last year. This is partly due to our hosting of 2 events in the summer of 2012 that attracted over 500 people each. These were one day events that were advertised only through Facebook with kitesurfing shows, free trials in a great relaxed atmosphere with music and a fully equipped bar. The Larnaca Kitesurfing Association has been working under Kahuna Surfhouse in Mazotos since 2008. We are dedicated to promoting kitesurfing on the world class beach in Larnaca through events, social networking and a kitesurf and’ stand up paddle’ school. We have seen a steady increase in interest over the years but a massive doubling in attendance since last year. This is partly due to our hosting of 2 events in the summer of 2012 that attracted over 500 people each. These were one day events that were advertised only through Facebook with kitesurfing shows, free trials in a great relaxed atmosphere with music and a fully equipped bar.

Floating on the waters of the European Mediterranean, but pointing longingly towards the shores of Syria, Turkey and Lebanon, Cyprus is an odd mixture. It is a kaleidoscopic blend: its cultural influences are dominated by Western Europe, but its geographic proximity to Asia and Africa gives it more than just a hint of the East. Long coveted by mainland Greece and Turkey, this small island has its own definite and beguiling character.

By legend the birthplace of the ancient Greek goddess of love Aphrodite, Cyprus’s modern history has, in contrast, been dominated by enmity between its Greek and Turkish inhabitants. Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded the north in response to a military coup on the island which was backed by the Athens government. The island is divided to this day and a trip to Nicosia can take you through the ‘green line’ to the Turkish occupied side. Due to the mix of cultural influence, the Cypriot cuisine is outstanding and unique, spicing up the original Greek tastes and giving it a kick (in the right direction). The southern Cypriot side come a long way since the occupation, and has born the fruits of wealth in development, tourism and agriculture. Ayia Napa being the most well known of ‘party’ spots in Europe, Cyprus is not all about this stereotype. The islands terrain is a multitude of mountain, sea and rough terrain. The Akamas peninsula is a national wildlife preserve where trekking, fishing and quad biking are abundant, the Troodos mountains give relief from the blazing sun in the summer and then becomes a snowboard and ski haven in the winter. Pafos boasts the birth of aphrodite with countless archaeological sites and museums covering the incredible history of the island. Limassol and Larnaca are the main towns that host watersports, from windsurfing, wakeboarding, kitesurfing,deep sea diving to surfing. This is where most of the schools are located as they take full advantage of the afternoon thermals in the summer that produce steady side on southwesterly winds at an average of 20 knots. The uniqueness of Cyprus lies in its size, terrain and weather. Summer days last until 20:30 at night at the winds blow beyond this. Barbeques, taverns and clubs are all nearby and open till late. In the winter, you could be surfing in the morning and within 30 minutes be in the mountains snowboarding.Cyprus is full of outdoor activities, and there is always an alternate option if there is no wind, or no snow etc. Cyprus is full of outdoor activities, and there is always an alternate option if there is no wind, or no snow etc.