MEGA DOWNWINDER FROM KALPITIYA TO MANNAR
This is a downwinder like no other and one of the best kite adventures in the world! We’ll take you from Kalpitiya, down the wild and beautiful North-West coast of Sri Lanka, past the Wilpattu national park coastline and all the way to Mannar!
The team will start in Kalpitiya with an extensive pre-trip briefing and head North. We will cross approximately 45km of the Wilpattu National Park coastline, where you can expect breathtaking scenery that few people have ever seen. After the park, the terrain is always changing, from large cliffs, to arid landscapes, with historical monuments and remote fishing villages along the way.
On the water you’ll get a non-stop kite playground with consistent 20-25knots which is perfect to show off the skills you learned during your coaching sessions. Water conditions vary from mirror flat to playful shore breaks to chop. Along the way you will find several remote river mouths which create small lagoons with perfect flat water and not a person in sight, paradise!
After the first day we make camp in a jungle location next to the beach and celebrate. Once we arrive in Mannar you can opt to head back to Kalpitiya with our organised transport, or you can choose to spend some time in Vayu, our sister kite resort.
The downwinder is approximately 135km long with an overnight stay in the jungle. We will make several stops along the way for on the water briefings, to rest, check/change gear and to fuel up. For the whole duration of the kite trip you will be escorted by our land support crew, and part-time by our experienced boat support crew. This trip is led by experienced IKO certified guides with first aid and rescue training.
All meals, snacks and refreshments, rescue support, as well as camping gear and transport are included in the price.
Minimum requirements for this trip:
- Moderate physical fitness
- Kite Material in Good Condition! (Ask us about rental or check out our kite shop)
- Personal material for on the water and camping
- Good basic kite skills:
- Board Recovery
- Can handle choppy water
- Proper self rescue and pack down
If you’re not feeling comfortable with the above kite skills talk to one of our instructors abut kite lessons.
- Experienced IKO certified Guides with first aid and rescue training
- All meals, snacks and refreshments
- General camping/sleeping material
- Transportation to launch point on the first day
- Extensive briefing pre trip and on the water briefings
- Return transport to Kalpitiya (if you wish to stay at Vayu for a bit longer please let us know in advance)
This trip only runs June to September with a minimum 4 and maximum 10 kitesurfers, depending on experience. Each season will have preset tour dates but trips can be organized at any point in the season. Please contact us for more info and join us on this amazing experience.
If the downwinder sounds tempting but you’re not sure you can handle it yet, we have plenty of other kite trips and smaller downwinders to choose from. Either way, we’re sure you’l have an epic kite holiday!