Where is our kitesurfing school located?
Find us in Paracas – Ica – Peru
For more information you can contact us directly at +51 986725376 or +51 940 472 094
Where is Paracas?
Paracas is 250km south of Lima
Right on the South Pan-American Highway (2.5 to 3hs)
Take a bus at the Cruz Del Sur terminal in Javier Prado in Lima. Price approx. 20usd. (4hs)
Private transfers cost approximately 130usd. Contact us for more information. (2.5 to 3 hours)
Kitesurfing is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and there’s a perfect country to kitesurf: Peru. This place is now considered an excellent spot because of its wonderful beaches for kitesurfing practice. The most famous place where you can kitesurf in Peru is Paracas Bay, located in the southern department of Ica and 260 kilometers (162 miles) from Lima. Here visitors find beautiful landscapes and 330 days of good wind to sail, with an average of 20 knots in the afternoon –what makes it a fantastic destination for kitesurfing. And Kangaroo Kite is the best kitesurfing school you will find in Paracas. Our services include private or semi-private para surfing lessons, equipment rental, kite trips, and kite camps –all of which is made under experienced instructors’ supervision.
Is kitesurfing only for the young and fit? Certainly not. When you are surfing with a kite, the harness takes the weight off of the arms and upper body, and it is never an issue for older riders with back problems. Besides that, it definitely has lots of benefits for health due to the use of the whole body. The legs are used to control the board and push against the power of the kite whereas the torso, especially the abs and arms are used to hold onto the kite and keep the rider’s balance.
In Kangaroo Kite, our main objective is to teach kiteboarding in a safe and fun way. That’s why we offer kitesurfing lessons with certified instructors by the International Kitesurfing Asociation (IKO) and we use the latest 2018/2019 equipment. There are instructors available at all times to help and a safe boat. We also offer a kite trip to discover Paracas nature as well as a one-week kitesurfing camp, which is the best plan to learn how to kitesurf and improve your skills. And of course, there are different accommodation options: The Kangaroo Kite House, a luxury house for a group of up to 10 people just 400 meters from the main spot; the Bamboo Paracas Resort, which has a pool, restaurant, bicycles and stand up paddle boarding as well as some hostels in the town.
We are here for you to become a great kitesurfer. We have experienced and enthusiastic instructors concerned about your safety and who also want you to have fun. New equipment, great staff, and excellent services make Kangaroo Kite your best option in Paracas.
Who can take kitesurfing lessons?
- Pretty much anyone who’s interested in the sport can learn how to kitesurf! We’ve taught students of all ages and weights and know that being stoked to get into the sport is half the battle already won.
How long does it take to learn kitesurfing?
- The general rule of thumb is that it takes you between 8 and 12 hours to learn how to kitesurf (rather 12 than 8 though, unless you are a incredibly talented and a natural). How long it really takes is entirely up to you.
- Kitesurfing courses are usually divided into three sessions: First, you’ll learn basic wind theory and how to fly a small kite. After this lesson, you’ll know how to set up your equipment, how to launch and land your kite safely, how to depower the kite and how to use the quick release emergency feature!
- The next lesson is where it gets super exciting – you will fly your kite while in the ocean and learn how to body drag downwind (adrenaline rush), steer the kite with one hand and relaunch after crashing. Essential self-rescue techniques are also part of this lesson (very important), which prepares you for the third part of your kitesurfing course: The water start.
- It’s now you will learn how to ride the board. Some key elements of this lesson is the water start position with your feet in the straps, while controlling the kite at the same time, pulling yourself up and riding (at this stage only for a moment), as well as recovering your board by body dragging upwind.
Can you learn Kitesurfing by yourself?
- Kitesurfing is a high-risk activity and can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing, we strongly recommend you to take a few kitesurfing lessons before you practice on your own.
- If you’d like to get into it all by yourself or rather just want to prepare your first kitesurfing lesson, learn basic wind theory, get familiar with your set-up of the equipment and start by flying a trainer kite on the beach (these kites produce a small amount of power. Therefore, if you make a mistake the consequences are not so dire.) It’s a lot of fun and will give you an idea of what the sport is about.
Is Kitesurfing dangerous?
- In short: Not if you take kitesurfing lessons!
- As we’ve previously mentioned, kitesurfing is a high-risk activity and requires preparation and training. If you get into the water without knowing how to steer the kite, get on the board or perform self-rescue, it will become dangerous and things will get out of your control. Remember, you are harnessing the wind, which is POWERFUL.
What is the difference between kitesurfing and kiteboarding?
- Kitesurfing and Kiteboarding are the same thing!
- So, why does the sport have two different names? Whether you use the term kitesurfing or kiteboarding probably depends on where you see the origin of this rather young sport. While frequently used kiting terms, like ‘upwind’, ‘downwind’ and ‘windwindow’ are well known in the sailing industry, kitesurfers argue that the main drive is a board, which is quite similar to the classic surfboard.
Is Kitesurfing easier than surfing?
- Compared to other wind and water sports, kitesurfing has a relatively steep learning curve. After a certain amount of hours, you’ll be riding and making progress every time you practice, until eventually you are comfortable enough to tackle bigger waves and stronger wind. Surfing is not too hard to learn either, but it usually takes a bit longer and requires very good physical conditions. While kitesurfers need to be able to control the kite in the air and highly depend on wind conditions, surfers mainly work their upper bodies in order to maintain balance on the board.
- Whether kitesurfing or surfing is easier to learn obviously always depends on the person. However, being a good surfer or kitesurfer does not necessarily mean that you are a natural at the other sport, in fact it is usually quite the opposite.