Travel to the Dominican Republic and learn about kite surfing scene along the beaches of Bozo Beach, Cabarete.
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This Bozo Beach, cabaret on the north shore of Hispaniola Island, Dominican Republic. Bozo Beach, we’re told it got its name from all the beginners that flocked here who can learn this exciting sport.
On the weekends, hundreds of new flyers are taking to the air mixed of course with a few more skilled waters who race in and out of the pack showing off their expertise to the beginners.
On Kite Beach a little further west, it’s a little less congested during the week, plus, there are real experts here mixed in with many, many beginners. This is arguably the best place in the world to learn the kite board.
John Marcos Riveras: We got a lot of airs, a lot of tricks. We have different styles to do. We have freestyle wave riding, hang time racing. What’s different about them is that you can choose which one you want to do. For example, I do wave riding. So hang time is as much as you can stay on the air, that’s the biggest air that you can do. Wave riding is with the wave, enjoying the wave. Freestyle, you have to do every type of tricks. So when you do course racing, it’s as fast as you can go.
Cabarete is the best spot of the whole world to do kite. We have the best condition around the world. We have wind everyday most of the time of the year, we have the sun, we have everything.
My Name is John Marcos Riveras. I’m from Cabarete, Dominican Republic. I’ve been riding for around five or six years. Kite boarding, I just came from France and I get to different places in France for wave riding. So now, I’m looking forward to go to Portugal and Marquis so to do my next trip over there and try to be the best rider in the world of wave. So it’s my goal.
Male: So this is Cabarete, Dominican Republic. So this is one of the most famous places on the world for kite surfing because we have this nice beach here. It’s one of the best places you see with the reef. So we can go surfing and all we can do here is kite surfing because this is the most amazing thing being on Cabarete since 2008.
I’m from Kitexcite, it’s the first school on Cabarete on the Caribbean. We are famous because we teach with radio helmet. It’s the fastest way to learn for now.
Female: How long does it take to teach someone how to kite surf.
Male: Normally on Kitexcite, it takes six hours because we have the radio helmet. It’s a faster way to learn but otherwise, you have to take more or less 12 hours or 8—it depends on the people, you know? you have to make your ways of work to do it.
Female: Walk us through what happens in a typical lesson?
Male: From the typical lessons, first two hours, normally, we would teach how to fly the kite on the shore. Then, if the student has a good kite control, on the next two hours, we teach him to go body dragging. Body dragging is this and that. You get dragged by the kite on the water without the board just to learn how to get the control of the kite on the water without the board. Then, if you show that you have a good kite control like this, then we’ll teach you with the board right down to kite surfing and having fun.
Female: How hard does the wind blow up here?
Male: Normally on summer, it’s from 25 to 35 knots. But now, it’s like 25 knots and on lower season, it’s around 12 to 20 knots.
Female: And how important is kite surfing to Cabarete in the Dominican Republic?
Male: It’s really important because kite surfing has brought a lot of peple here. So you know that the Dominican Republic is not a very developed country in the world. So we get these and some people know and that’s great because we know new people everyday. So I love it.