Gladstone top spot for kitesurfing

Instructor and KiteSurf1770 owner Cedric Schmidt gets some air time.
Instructor and KiteSurf1770 owner Cedric Schmidt gets some air time. Contributed

KITESURFING is booming in Australia; with Central Queensland and the Gladstone region one of the top spots in the world to experience this relatively new extreme sport.

While sailboarding and waterskiing are still popular across the world, it is kitesurfing that has captured the imagination of a new breed of extreme sportsmen and women.

And KiteSurf1770 is getting more and more people turned on to the sport - it's booming, along with the region, according to owner and instructor Cedric Schmidt.

"This season (normally from October to May) we are experiencing a large number of people coming from the Gladstone, Tannum area, due to the flow of workers this way ... most of them coming during the weekend when there is enough space available," Cedric said.

"We do have another instructor to help on weekends and we are thinking about employing somebody else to teach in Seventeen Seventy/Agnes Water as well as Tannum Sands.

"We believe it is way easier to get lessons here as we can take people, after their first lesson, to some pretty special locations ... meaning flat and shallow water.

Deepwater National Park, Rules Beach, Broadwater Haven, Eurimbula Creek, Middle Creek and the Seventeen Seventy sandbar are all popular.

"And we want to take it to Tannum Sands too," Cedric said.

He said the KiteSurf1770 team was planning a free demonstration day at the end of the month at Tannum Sands, where people new to the sport could come along and try kitesurfing.

He said people would be able to try a few types of kite and get some basic instruction before they chose to take a lesson.

Cedric said safety aspects of the sport were important and an instructor could cut down the time and danger factor for first-time kitesurfers.

"In terms of Tannum we are planing a demo day with FONE kites and stand up paddle boards, lots of gear to try for free, info, pamphlets; try SUPs, and Voltkites as well as Bandit 5 kites ... all that for free," he said.

"We do offer as well, for more intermediate and advanced riders, some kitesurfaris downwinders ... meaning you start at a point somewhere upwind and enjoy the beautiful coastline ... with camping available in the two to three day adventures ... offering camping facilities as well as barbecues."

Cedric said KiteSurf1770 also sold and/or hired all the good gear to get started or for the more advanced as well.

For more information on the come-and-try day at Tannum Sands go to the website and follow on the kitesurf Facebook page or phone 4962 0210 or 0422 806 235.

Topics:  extreme sports gladstone kitesurfing sport tannum sands

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