Kite foiling Cairns
Kite foiling is the latest craze in the kiteboarding world. But why? Simple Really, you get going in much lighter wind and it feels like you are on a riding magic carpet. That feeling of effortlessly gliding across the water cannot be experienced in any other sport.
How do I get started
You need to be at a comfortable level with your twin tip riding first. Then you have a few options.
- Find a friend willing to lend you their foil and give you a few pointers
- Buy a 3 stage foil and teach yourself
- Get quality lessons from an IKO instructor that knows the ins and outs already.
Going to a kite school is our recommendation. They can teach you those tricky fundamentals that seem so basic, yet most people forget and really struggle from the get-go.
Here at Kiteboarding Cairns, we have come up with a special lesson structure for our kite foiling students. We started the foil seen in Cairns, meaning we have been through and seen it all.
There a few different types of kite foils on the market. You have High aspect and low aspect wings. The high aspect wings are generally faster and a more sensitive to movement. The low aspect wings are slower and much easier to control when up on the foil, making it better suited to learning. Some low aspect foils also come in a 3 stage mast option. The idea behind this is you learn on a really short mast to get the feel of the foil being under the board. These short masts are usually around 400mm and will not really allow you to hydrofoil but will allow you to get your confidence up and a good feel for the sport. After you are comfortable on the 400mm mast, you can move on to the 600mm mast and then the 900mm when ready.
Overall Foiling is great fun and an awesome challenge for any keen kiteboarder. If you want to know more, shoot us an email or give us a buzz and we’ll be more than happy to help.
Want to add some Cairns Adventures to your Bucket List?
Cairns, Far North Queensland is an incredible part of the world. There is so much to do here, which is why so many people return here for their holidays time and time again. The tropical climate of the Cairns area means we all spend a lot of time outdoors and Cairns Adventures are usually part of everybody’s experience in Far North Queensland.
Double Island Kayak Turtle Tour
Join us for a morning kayak adventure to the magnificent Double Island. Double Island is situated just 1km from the coast of Palm Cove. Our Kayak Tours leave Palm Cove daily at 7 am (click here to book a spot!) and return at around 10.30 am.
On our Kayak Turtle Tour, we paddle over to Double Island on our Kayaks (25-minute paddle) as a group. To the south side of the island is some amazing coral reef, so we slow it down a bit here to look for some of the green turtles and hawksbill turtles that feed here. We often see other marine wildlife too, including rays, reef sharks and a variety of different tropical fish. We then continue our paddle around the back of the island, pulling up on a pristine and secluded tropical beach for some drinks and snacks (provided by us). On our way back to the mainland we explore Double Islands secret cave and have plenty of time for taking great pictures. This is one of the Cairns adventures not to be missed!
Explore Tropical Islands
Island Hopping Tour
Another morning kayaking adventure not to be missed! On our Island Hopping Tour, we leave Palm Cove daily at 8 am and return at 1.30 pm. In this tour, we explore double Island and the surrounding reef in much the same way as the Double Island Kayak Turtle Tour, but we also explore Haycock Island. Haycock island is the small island that sits just to the south of Double Island. Within this tour, we have more time for snorkelling over the reef, as well as exploring Haycock island by foot.
A perfect Cairns Adventure for the whole family! Exploring tropical islands… what is not to love? Click here to find out more and book your spot.
Rainforest Paddleboarding Adventure
Visiting the rainforest is a must when you are visiting Cairns. Another of our Cairns Adventures not to be missed!
Join us on a rainforest Paddleboarding adventure. This tour usually operates in the afternoon (from around 2pm-5pm) and pick up is available from anywhere in Cairns should you need it. We start the tour with an introduction to paddleboarding on the river bank, before jumping on our sups and cruising downstream. The rivers gentle current carries us down, with minimal effort needed! We travel down the river, observing the beautiful rainforest all around us. This tour really is suitable for the whole family, from kids to seniors.
Click here to find out more and to book your spot!
Chilling in the Rainforest
Any questions? Contact us and ask away!
Palm Cove activities, there’s so much going on in this little town. Palm Cove has to be up there with one of the nicest beaches in the far north. Ever year it attracts people from all over the world to its beautiful beaches and amazing scenery.
Palm Cove Activities
I often get asked what activities are there to do in Palm Cove, so I’ve decided to write a blog with a few of the things there is on offer.
Palm Cove Activities And Tours
Here at Pacific Watersports we offer a range of different tours and lessons.
One of our most popular Palm Cove activities would have to be the Kayak Turtle tour. The Kayak turtle tour is a kayak tour to, and around the fringing reefs of Double Island. On the tour can can expect lots of marine life, caves, fish, snorkelling, amazing scenery and a real adventure. Check out this link to find out more about this tour.
Paddle Boarding Tours Palm Cove
Another great Palm Cove activity is to jump on the Kuranda Rainforest adventure. This tour departs daily from Palm Cove and is a great option for those windy days. It really is suitable for everyone and a great way to also try a new sport. This tour is very relaxing and a great way to see the rainforest. Click here to make your booking.
Weather permitting, we also run a paddle boarding tour out to the beautiful Double Island. It’s a very similar tour to the kayak tour except on a stand up paddle board.
Kitesurfing Palm Cove
Palm Cove is also one of Cairns’ top kitesurfing locations. The beach receives consistent trade winds from May to August. Pacific Watersports offer a range of different course option, lessons and equipment sales. A must try from those adrenaline junkies!
Cafes, shops and restaurants
If you’re after shops, cafes and restaurants, then look no further than the south end of Palm Cove. There you will wind cafes and restaurants like Jack & Shanans, Chill Cafe and Portobellos. If you’re looking for clothes, then check out Buccaneers the local surf shop. These guys have a wide verity to suit everyone’s needs.
If you’re looking for a great place for kitesurfing or looking for somewhere great to learn kitesurfing, kitesurfing Yorkeys Knob is one of Queensland’s most popular. The area receives consistent trade winds most of the year. The beach is a wind open beach with a river mouth at the south of the beach
Kitesurfing Yorkeys Knob – conditions
The conditions at Yorkeys Knob are near perfect for everyone. It has near perfect flat-water at the river mouth. The wind speed during the dry season is usually between 15-25 knots. The prevailing wind direction during the dry season is form the south east. During the wet season the prevailing winds are from the north. These conditions are usually very hot and can attract box jellyfish, so it pays to wear stinger protection during these months. Seabreeze.com.au is the weather website you will find most people in the area use as their go to site for weather updates. Windguru.com is another reliable website worth checking out too.
Where do I go to learn to kitesurf at Yorkey Knob
When it domes to kitesurfing Yorkeys Knob, you really won’t find much better. The conditions are absolutely perfect for learning the sport. The winds are consistent and predictable. Kiteboarding Cairns and Pacific Watersports are your local kite schools in the area. These 2 schools teach at the high IKO levels an don’t try pushing you into doing big group lessons.
How do I get you Yorkeys Knob’s kitesurfing area
If you are leaving from Cairns, it is very simple to get to Yorkeys Knob. Simply head north along the Captain Cook Highway and turn right when you see the sign for Yorkeys Knob. The rigging area is at the south end of Sims Esplanade on the grass. You can also catch a bus from Cairns CBD. Buses leave every half an hour.
Well there you have it. I hope this blog is of some use to you if you are new to the area or just looking at getting into the sport. It’s a very friendly welcoming vibe down at Yorkeys Knob. Any questions, feel free to contact us