Photo: Kite surfing at Mui Ne.

Kite surfing

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Mui Ne is a kitesurfer’s paradise, and competes with Boracay in The Philippines as the kite surfing capital of Southeast Asia, drawing wind- and kite-surfers from around the world due to its consistent cross onshore winds.

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During peak season, you’ll see a flurry of activity along Mui Ne’s entire shoreline; on average it has 227 days a year with winds of more than 12 knots. Not surprising, there’s a stack of schools that offer lessons to beginners. The best time to head to Mui Ne for wind- and kite-surfing is October to the end of March. Peak time is December and January. Winds are not as strong outside these months and while schools endeavour to find an area of coast and time of day with ideal conditions, the monsoon does make for inconsistent wind and waves.

Grab a board and go. Photo taken in or around Kite surfing, Mui Ne, Vietnam by Vinh Dao.

Grab a board and go. Photo: Vinh Dao

If you think kitesurfing requires a lot of strength, think again. The most important skills are coordination and the proper technique (as well as some level of being comfortable on the water). One school we spoke to has had students as young as six and as old as 76.

That said, it still is an extreme sport and the key is to get professional instruction at a reputable school. The IKO is to kitesurfing what PADI is to scuba diving. Of 20 or so shops in Mui Ne, we were told only five had officially certified teachers.

Beginners courses take eight to 12 hours. It can be physically and mentally fatiguing – there is a lot to learn, practise and absorb, but once you cover the fundamentals the learning curve skyrockets at the end. A good school would recommend you do it over two to three days.

Kite surfing at Mui Ne. Photo taken in or around Kite surfing, Mui Ne, Vietnam by Vinh Dao.

Kite surfing at Mui Ne. Photo: Vinh Dao

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