Kitesurfing is a popular wind sport on beaches around the world, but has yet to take off in large numbers in the Seychelles. (Eric Guinther, Wikimedia Commons) Photo license: CC BY-SA 3.0
(Seychelles News Agency) – Kitesurfers recently took to the skies through the waters of Praslin Island, Seychelles, as the local yachting association began holding weekly competitions in the island nation.
Kitesurfing is a popular wind sport on beaches around the world, but has yet to take off in large numbers in the Seychelles. Kitesurfers use a kite and a board to propel themselves across the water.
The competition is organized in two series, the A Cup and the B Cup.
The president of the Seychelles yachting association, Alain Alcindor, said the competition had been in the works for some time but could not start given the health restrictions in place in Seychelles amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
âAs these sports involve little contact between the competitors, we have been given the green light to start our season. For now, however, we have had more interest from the men and therefore we will not have two. separate categories for males and females, âsays Alcindor.
He said the competition takes place in the waters around Praslin due to a lack of available space near the main island of Mahe.
With the introduction of kite surfing competition, water sports enthusiasts will now have the chance to test their courage in a new discipline in the Seychelles, an archipelago surrounded by a vast marine territory.
âWe have had a lot of interest so far, where many young surfers have come out ready to learn and compete,â said the Seychelles yachting association president Alain Alcindor.
Alcindor pointed out that the main difficulty they encountered in setting up the sport in Seychelles was the lack of equipment, which could affect the number of participants who can participate in the races.
“They are very excited to make their debut in the sport and we hope they can excel and represent Seychelles at international level,” said Alcindor.