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Kiteboarding and windsurfing have been popping up on the international watersports scene more and more in recent years, with pictures of athletes getting massive air over waves and cutting sharply across the surf. Riviera Nayarit has become a windsurfing capital, with competitions, classes, and perfect conditions for watersports like kiteboarding and windsurfing, and pro athletes from around the world gather here every year for the Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival and other Riviera Nayarit events. No matter what brings you to the shores of the popular vacation destination, make kiteboard sporting activities a part of your Mexican vacation for a thrilling, adrenaline-pumping adventure.


In the 1960s, windsurf boards were invented in Pennsylvania by attaching a small sail to a board. Propelled by the wind, riders can navigate waters inland or out on the sea for a speedy ride. As it grew in popularity, so did windsurf competitions. Riders can choose to compete in different sports events, like freestyle trick competitions or speed sailing races on open water or on slalom courses. These sports events have become so popular that windsurf was made an Olympic sport in 1984.

Kitesurfing is similar in that it harnesses the power of the wind for an extreme sport. Combining surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and sailing into one, kiteboarding was invented in the late 1970s. The terms kitesurfing and kiteboarding are used interchangeably, referring to the same activity. Kitesurfing Mexico waters is perfect because you’ll find all the waves need for big air and wind power for speed.

The Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival has become one of the biggest Riviera Nayarit events, drawing 300 international competitors and over 5,000 spectators. The kiteboard sporting competition takes places in Bucerias, a short walk along the beach or through a short trail from Nuevo Vallarta, but the sports events of the competition are visible all along the Riviera Nayarit coast, with a long distance race stretching all the way to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. With bright sails dotting the blue waters, it’s easy to spot the competition and head towards it. Since the Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival is one of the biggest Riviera Nayarit events, your eyes will be glued to the water, mesmerized by the gravity-defying tricks and jumps.


If watching the kitesurfing Mexico competition has you inspired, you’re in the perfect place to try it. Kite Mexiko is located in the heart of Bucerias where the water is perfect for learning how to kitesurf. The water is warm with just enough waves to let you try a little jumping. However, kitesurfing Mexico waters require a certain amount of physical stamina, and while windsurfing still requires coordination and strength, it’s not as physically demanding as kiteboard sporting classes. Surf Mexico offers both kiteboard and windsurf options, and they’ll help you find the perfect option to add a little adrenaline to your vacation.

Whether you travel to Nuevo Vallarta for Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival, one of the biggest Riviera Nayarit events, or simply to escape to paradise, there’s a good chance you’ll spot a kiteboarder hitting the waves near your resort. Lay back and be amazed by their incredible talent, or sign up for classes to try it out for yourself, making your vacation anything but ordinary.

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