Kiteboarding is a surface water sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics into one extreme sport. A kiteboarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water on a kiteboard similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard, with or without footstraps or bindings. Kitesurfing is a style of kiteboarding specific to wave riding, which utilizes standard surfboards or boards shaped specifically for the purpose.
Tabuhan island in Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia is a sports tourism destination for Kiteboarding. There was held Tabuhan Island Kiteboarding Pro 2015, as a Kiteboarding sport for tourism, followed by 55 participants from 20 countries.This event is the second time carried after last year.
Why Tabuhan Island, Banyuwangi is the best spot for kiteboarding? Because the wind speed around the island reach 20-25 knots constant throughout May to October. This wind speed was very good to play kiteboarding. Moreover, the sea around without waves.
This year Kiteboarding held 22 to August 23, 2015. Dozens of participants came from various countries, like the United States, Brazil, UK, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, and China. This competition parade a number of styles in kiteboarding such as freestyle, free-ride, downwinders, speed, course racing, wakestyle, jumping, and kitesurfing.
Some kiteboarding world champion like Dan Sweeney (Freestyle Kiteboarding Champion from Australia), Narapichit Pudja (Runner-up World Champion and Asian Champion Race Race), and the Niklas Langseth (Champion Freestyle Kiteboarding Sweden) competed in the Tabuhan Island Pro in 2015.
You can join here, to the Tabuhan island to play kiteboarding especially in May - August. Co-Host Tabuhan Island Pro Kiteboarding, Jeroen van der Kooij said that in here, is the better place to play kiteboarding than Bali. While in Bali, clear Van Der Kooij, the wind hardly ever blows at speeds above 15 knots.
How to get to the Tabuhan island ? From Banyuwangi city takes about 20 minutes to get to Bangsring Beach, one of the departure point to the Tabuhan.From Bangsring beach, you can go to Tabuhan island only less than 25 minutes using tourist ships operated by local residents.