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Riding the Wind and the Wave

Things to Do — By L. Hyde on March 25, 2011 at 5:37 am

Cozumel has wind and surf conditions ideal for just about any water sport. From the fierce winds and surfs of the eastern side of the island to the calm southwestern shores, and including the isolated north and northeastern points, there is a wind and/or water adventure for every level of expertise and interest.

Besides fishing, swimming, diving and snorkeling, the two most popular water activities here are kiteboarding and sailing. Sailing tours are available around the island, and Cozumel Sailing offers options for passengers and for experts who want boat rentals. Windsurfing is also a local pastime, but today most of the windsurfers have evolved to kiteboarding.

Raul instructing kiteboarding Cozumel

One such local, who moved on to kiteboarding in 1999, is Raul de Lille. Raul, an Olympic windsurfer, and now a kiteboarding instructor,  is the owner of Kite Cozumel, which is located north of downtown, near Country Club beach – which often offers great kiteboarding and windsurfing conditions and is also the island location of the North American Windsurfing Championship.

Kite Cozumel offers classes and rental equipment for students at all levels, has private classes, a three-day intensive course for beginners, a certification course, and riding tours to the five spots on the island known to have winds strong enough for riding: Country Club, Punta Sur, the secluded North End, the East Side (such as Chen Rio or Punta Chiqueros), and Punta Molas Lighthouse.

For those who prefer the old-school method of wave-riding, grab a surfboard and head to the East Side. Punta Morena is usually the best place on the island to hang ten. If you don’t know how to surf, but always wanted to learn, check out h2o. If you need a lift and/or forgot your board, they also rent surf gear and offer transportation options for a full day of surfing fun.

A less active way of flying over the water, but exhilarating none the less, is via parasailing. This includes a harness and parachute that is pulled behind a speedboat. Cozumel Tours has 10 minute tours leaving from the Aqua Safari dock from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Whatever method you choose to experience the thrill of the island’s wind and saltwater in your face, Cozumel will make you want to come back for more.

 

Tags: Cozumel, Kiteboarding, Sailing, Surfing, Water Sports, Windsurfing

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