Active Travel: Catching a Wave with a Kite
If you want to speed along the water this summer, but aren't too keen chartering a gas-guzzling boat then harness the power of wind with a kiteboard. Kiteboarding, or kitesurfing, is just what it sounds like: The kite pulls you along the water and waves and even lets you get airborne. If you're gonna give it a try, do it with the pros at the Kitehouse.
A tour company and outfitter founded by a competitive kitesurfer, Kitehouse gives one-on-one instruction and even has "assisted kiteboarding," so no matter how awful you are, you'll have a good time.
Kitehouse has locations in the Caribbean and Costa Rica, but it appears that the best action is at the original in Key West. Packages vary with experience level, but all feature equipment, a support boat and a goodie bag with snacks and drinks. A five-day, 20-hour package starts at $1,095, without lodging or transportation. At least there's no charge if the wind isn't blowing when you're out on the water.
· The Kitehouse [Official Site]
· More than Just a Vacation: Learn Kitesurfing in Morocco [Jaunted]
· Active Travel coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo: Colby Otero!]