Kitesurfing along the coast of Saudi Arabia


Jeddah Kitesurf School

Saudi Arabia is certainly not known for being a country that shuns extreme sports and challenging activities. The Kingdom is known for its love of sandboarding and sand sledding, sports that continue to develop with the rise of domestic tourism, and it is also known for leaflet, or Saudi drift, a style of driving a car on two wheels that is said to have started in the 1970s in the country. So it’s no surprise that the country’s crystal-clear waters along the Red Sea coast are home to another gravity-defying sport that is attracting more and more locals day by day: kitesurfing.

For those who may not know what kitesurfing is, this is an extreme sport also known as kitesurfing, in which the rider, known as kitesurfing, stands on a board modified surfboard while holding a specially designed kite. The rider maneuvers this large kite of controllable power in order to be propelled over the water by harnessing the power of the wind. Saudi Arabia is a great place for this sport due to its diverse east and west coastlines, great beaches and various bodies of water including lagoons and bays.

Over the years, the sport which requires excellent swimming skills has become increasingly popular in Saudi Arabia, thanks to the country’s drive to boost domestic tourism, increase support for local sports and improve the physical condition and activity levels of its population, and through its establishments of various sports organizations such as the Saudi Sailing Federation (SSF). Indeed, SSF has worked over the past few years to provide support and guidance to kitesurfers nationwide, and to identify safe places for surf aficionados.

According to the SSF website, the federation was created in December 2017, a few months after Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman took office. It is still a newly recognized governing body by the Saudi Olympic Committee alongside the Ministry of Sports, and was designed to promote and support all kinds of water sports that use wind as their primary source of energy. In addition, its CEO is Samia Bagdady, perhaps a sign of Saudi Arabia’s unwavering commitment to increasing the presence of women in leadership positions in all sectors and industries.


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