Back in the 1990s in Maui, wild-eyed men were getting launched out of the water as they tried to control uncooperative, two-lined kites that had the pulling force of a truck. Thankfully, kiteboarding looks a lot different today; it’s now safer and easier to learn than ever before, as well as one of the most fun activities to try on vacation — or pick-up recreationally.
If you’re getting ready to dip your toes into the world of kiteboarding, note that warm water and sunny weather make all the difference. It is possible to learn on the blustery coast of Ireland or the frost-coated shores of Alaska, as some do. But with so many palm-lined, warm beaches, why subject yourself to a 6mm wetsuit and frostbite? These tropical beaches are the best places to try kiteboarding around the world.