Above, Eoin offers introductory lessons on O’Connell the flatter expanse of Keel Lake, launches his and there are Irish Kitesurfing kite; left, Association (IKSA) approved schools kitesurfer Pearse Williams gathers in Mayo, Dublin, Sligo, Kerry and momentum. Wexford. The learning curve is quick, I’m told.) “Nope. But maybe I will when the champions arrive!” The champions she’s talking about are the 36 kitesurfers heading west for the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro. The event, which will be held during a window period of October 19 to 28 (see kspworldtour.com), is Sea2Summit one of four stops Westport’s annual adventure on the waveriding World race (November 3) combines an Tour, and the ascent of Croagh Patrick with a calffirst international busting cycle and a short obstacle professional course thrown in for good kitesurfing event to measure. Entry costs €59pp; be held in Ireland. westportsea2summit.ie It’s a milestone for the sport (another is the
getting onboard Pro riders make kitesurfing look easy, but it can be a difficult and dangerous sport to master. Lessons with a qualified instructor are essential. Pure Magic (puremagic.ie) offers a full range of lessons, from introductory sessions to full courses of four three-hour
sessions with certified instructors. There’s no need to be super-fit, though learners should be able to swim. About 80 per cent of those who complete the course, it says, can then go on to purchase equipment and practise safely on their own.