Dutchman Gijsbertus Adrianus Panhuise first patented KiteSurfing in October 1977. Per the KiteSurfing section of the Virtual Library of Sport Panhuise’s patent covers, “a water sport using a floating board of a surf board type where a pilot standing up on it is pulled by a wind catching device of a parachute type tied to his harness on a trapeze type belt.”
Fast-forward 35 years, KiteSurfing is the fastest growing water sport in the world… And Curaçao offers an exceptional KiteSurfing experience given our steady 16 – 20 knot trade wind and relatively flat, shallow open water. Saint Joris Bay (near our wind farm) is ideal for beginners and intermediate kitesurfers, whereas Klein Curaçao (little Curaçao) is more suited to advanced kitesurfers. You really can’t go wrong… Our trade wind recently pulled this 49.9 meter monstrosity off the ground, so brace yourself and get ready to flyyyy!
Check out the following websites to reserve lessons, equipment rentals or pick up helpful tricks of the trade(wind):