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is one of the hottest sports around at the moment. It essentially involves standing on a modified surfboard and being dragged along by an enormous kite. This is a rather difficult skill to master, the first couple of days usually only involves learning to fly the kite, before you even get near to standing on a board. It's tough and needs strength, fitness and a good deal of coordination.

Although advanced exponents are able to kite-surf in rough water, for beginners and intermediates calm shallow waters are best, along with a strong and steady wind. This makes the coral lagoons of the East Coast of Africa ideal for the purpose.

It usually takes about a week for beginners to get to the stage where they can actually kite-surf. The first stage is to learn how to fly the kite whilst standing on the beach. Then comes the difficult bit ... getting started on the board.

Zanzibar is now widely recognised as one of the leading worldwide locations, where the lagoons on the east coast provide perfect conditions, most notably around the villages of Paje, Matemwe and Bwejuu.

Another significant location is at Che Shale to the north of Malindi on the Kenya coast.

The remote port of Luderitz in southern Namibia one of the premium locations worldwide for kite-surfing speed record attempts, although the conditions couldn't be more different, the ocean this side is angry and grey.
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