We are assertive in wind and kitesurfing


We are assertive in wind and kite surfing

National Wind Surfer Çağla Kubat and National Kite Surfer Bilge Öztürk participated in the 4th Izmir Gulf Festival, organized under the auspices of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, in cooperation with IMEAK Chamber of Shipping Izmir Branch, Arkas, Izdeniz, Izmir Marina, Turkish Sailing Federation, Aegean Yacht Club Offshore. While sharing his experiences in the sea and water sports, he said that the Turkish youth are ready to achieve further success in international organizations.

“The sea and the wind have asked where are you?” The panel for the event organized with the event slogan was held at the historic Ä°zmir Coal Gas Plant under the chairmanship of Yusuf Öztürk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the branch Ä°zmir from Ä°MEAK Navigation Chamber.

Stating that Izmir Metropolitan Municipality continues to tell the world that Izmir is a maritime and port city, Öztürk thanked Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer for his efforts in this regard. Öztürk said: “Izmir is a city of mark with its sea, its gulf, its people, its education, its culture and its civilization. We strive to support all activities organized for the development of water sports in such a maritime city. In recent years we have achieved many international successes in water sports and water activities. It was started by female athletes such as Çağla Kubat and Bilge Öztürk. Women are very successful in both racing, training and promotion.


National windsurfer Çağla Kubat, who pioneered the development of windsurfing in Çeşme Alaçatı, said windsurfing has always been a part of his life despite his background in mechanical engineering. Kubat said: “I started surfing when I was 15 years old. I studied engineering, but suddenly realized that sports were much more important in my life. It was important for me to represent and promote my country. After the beauty pageant, her television career unfolded in front of me. Thus, I had the opportunity to participate in surf races much more easily. I have taken engineering into the background, but I have always applied what I learned in engineering to my life. The wind helped me find my wife. I built my family. Sport has shaped my whole life. Children come to my school following me as an example. Others still think I am a police officer because of my role in the Arka Sokaklar TV series.

Noting that Çeşme Alaçatı is a great place for windsurfing, Kubat said: “We will now be training during the winter months. Giving children the right to have national athletes with the support of the Turkish Sailing Federation has increased interest in surfing. Even during the pandemic period, I trained children without interruption. We are very happy to bring out the housebound and tech-addicted kids. My daughter is five years old and she surfs very well. We owe it to Alaçatı. Our athletes have achieved many successes abroad. Our goal is to compete in the Olympic class. We are ambitious about this. But we need more support on legislation and other issues, ”he said.


Bilge Öztürk, who made the area a world-famous kitesurfing center with the school he founded in Akyaka, said kitesurfing, which he started at the age of 28, has become his profession rather than a hobby. Öztürk said: “Since I was a child, I have always wanted to be a lawyer. Because I couldn’t stand injustice at all. I studied law with love and desire and became a lawyer. I continue to do my job. I played handball for 11 years. I also played other sports, but my life changed when I first encountered kitesurfing. This sport has become a way of life rather than a hobby. In 2011, I graduated in the Turkish league for the first time. From there, I started to compete in the world championships. What I did with passion and heart has become my job. I try to bring up the new generations in my school in Akyaka. We are trying to create conditions for them that we have not been able to achieve, “he said.

Emphasizing that kitesurfing combines discipline and fun for children, Bilge Öztürk said: “In a time when people are closed off and doomed to solitude, sea sports that offer personal and inner development have become more valuable. Especially after the pandemic, children are running to us. Akyaka is one of the most beautiful places in the world with its wind and nature. We must take advantage of this grace.