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Travel Insurance for your Kitesurfing trip

You have your kitesurfing holiday booked and all you need now is comprehensive kitesurfing travel insurance so you can feel safe to enjoy the wave riding in true style, without the worrying of feeling of being airborne in shallow water without the skills or protection that you need!

To be covered for kitesurfing you will need to add Extra Activity Pack 4 to your policy, covering you for kitesurfing which comes at an added premium but has get great added benefits:

  • Search and rescue cover
  • Sports and activity equipment cover

At Holiday Extras our team can provide you comprehensive cover so you can get the right travel insurance cover for your trip. Simply book online today for one of our policy cover levels for sports travel insurance and add on our extra activities premium and your boarding can begin!

What cover is available?

We have four levels of cover available to suit your needs, these are our Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum travel insurance packages to cover either a single trip, of up to 365 days, or you can enjoy a year of unlimited travel with our annual policy (as long as no trip exceeds the maximum duration as specified by the level of cover you have chosen).

Baggage cover
Cancellation cover
Medical cover
£5 million
£10 million
£10 million
£10 million
Excess charge
Lost passport
Personal money
Wedding cover
Gadget cover

If you love extreme sports you can book your kitesurfing travel insurance online today.

Bit about the board

Kitesurfing (sometimes known as kiteboarding) is a sport that every active person can enjoy nowadays. A big advantage to kitesurfing on holiday is that you can relax and not feel under any time constraints. A special harness is usually used when you're learning kitesurfing. Since the kites which serve as sails for kitesurfing, have become much safer in recent years, kitesurfing is accessible and easy to learn for everyone. Though you should attend a serious and licensed kitesurfing school to learn how to do it. This sporting activity combines kiteboarding and surfing to enable you to ride the waves in style. Most kitesurfers will use a directional board that has enough flotation and turning characteristics to be able to surf - these boards are either with or without foot straps.

A kitesurfer follows the kite when riding the wave, so that the pull of the kite is reduced. This style is super popular with surfers because it resembles tow-in surfing. Some riders ride waves unhooked, and without foot straps (foot straps dictate the kitesurfer's foot position and how weight and pressure is applied to the board). Surfers (other than tow-in surfers) do not wear straps and are therefore free to move their feet and position their weight over a greater area to match what is needed to ride with the wave. If you decide to kitesurf using a board without foot straps you are sometimes said to be "riding strapless". This popular choice allows the kitesurfer's feet to move around the board for optimal performance. Kitesurfers using foot straps often use the power of the kite to position themselves on a wave and to control their board. This means the power of the kite is super important because they rely on the kite for propulsion rather than the power of the wave to surf!

Popular Kitesurfing Destinations

Morocco - Essaouira

Morocco Essaouira

Morocco and kitesurfing go hand in hand - it's pretty much a tradition there. The Essaouira Bay is a destination for everyone who has made the right preparations - with bustling culture and strong winds this could be a kitesurfer's dream location. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea and situated at the North of Africa, Essaouira is just a few hours flight time from the UK. The conditions in Essaouira are suitable for the more confident kitesurfer as the wind is quite strong and there are waves in many parts of the bay. With a huge 4km long and 800m wide sandy beach, with the wind from the right, you've got the basic ingredients for the perfect kitesurfing holiday!

Remember that accidents can happen so here are a few handy tips to staying safe along the trip:

  • Don't kitesurf on your own. Kitesurf with friends or a group of kitesurfers for mutual help and support.
  • Stick with the regulations, especially with safety devices - leash, quick release, life jacket, helmet etc.
  • Check out the weather forecast of where you are travelling to - always know the intensity and direction of the wind.
  • Choose the correct kite according to the wind conditions.
  • It's recommended to avoid kitesurfing with offshore wind.
  • Make sure you install the kite carefully and check the safety systems; including the kite and leash quick release.
  • Never arm, run or land your kite in unsafe conditions.
  • Be sure to avoid obstacles, which could include other kitesurfers or sunbathers.
  • Don't leave your kite unattended on the beach when it's not in use.

Top tips:

  • Always wear an impact vest!
  • Always wear a helmet!
  • Always watch the weather forecast!
  • Never kitesurf alone!
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