Darwin windsurfing addicts started kitesurfing at our metro beaches around the early 2000’s.
As soon as the first Wipika and Naish kites were made available through our windsurfing suppliers the adventures began!
The sport has come a long way since those days. Improvements in the safety mechanisms and the quality of materials being manufactured make the kite flying experience super fun, much safer and more accessible to beginners than ever before.
We experience mostly light to moderate winds in the Top End, with wide open beaches, which can make it perfect for learning safely and ideal for learning to kite with a Hydro-Foil. The climate is moderate to hot, and due to our Dryseason Trades (May to October) and Wet season Monsoonal winds (December to March), kitesurfing is possible all year!
Dedicated local veterans are recording 200+ kite sessions a year and even more now that Hydro-foiling has made lighter winds more accessible.
If you are coming to Darwin, bring your big kites (12 – 19m). It is possible during the peak of both Dry and Wet seasons to need a kite as small as 7m however big kites are the norm. If you are a competent hydro foiler you will get away with a quiver of 7-10m kites.
If you are a beginner, come and see us at Fun Supply, we have a variety of options to get you up and kitesurfing in our local conditions.
Darwin can be the perfect place to learn to kitesurf. With lessons conducted all year in light to moderate winds and wide open beaches.
Our Territory winds can be unpredictable all year round however more so in Autumn & Spring.
Below is a rough guideline that shows your best time to learn is during the High Wind Seasons. However that doesn’t mean you can’t learn in the Low Wind Seasons, the wind is just less predictable and some persistence and patients may be needed.
HIGH WIND SEASONS: More chance of wind.
December to March = ‘Wet Season’. Southern Hemisphere Summer/Northern Hemisphere Winter.
May to October = ‘Dry Season’. Southern Hemisphere Winter/Northern Hemisphere Summer.
LOW WIND SEASONS: Less chance of wind.
March to May = End of Wet Season. Southern Hemisphere Autumn/Northern Hemisphere Spring.
October to December = ‘The Build Up’. Southern Hemisphere Spring/Northern Hemisphere Autumn.
You will often see local experienced kiters kiting in this Low Wind Season, as we have said, you can kite all year round in Darwin. However the chances of it being windy for the whole duration of your two hour lesson is less likely and multiple trips to the beach to complete one lesson is often the case these times of the year. As such, if we suspect the wind on any given day is going to be short lived (15-45mins) we may choose not to hold your lesson that day and opt for a day where the weather pattern has ‘set in’ and more likely to stay for the duration of your 2 hr lesson.
Come and learn to kitesurf with us at Fun Supply!
Call to find out more.
Geoff : 0419443144
Tony : 0459443144