Home to the largest lagoon in the world and with a constant stream of trade winds, it’s no surprise New Caledonia has earned a reputation as a kiteboarding haven, so much so, it will host the final and deciding round of the 2016 World Kiteboarding League (WKL) next month.
From 14 to 20 December, 2016 the regional town of Poé, located on New Caledonia’s west coast just outside of Bourail, will welcome 68 of the world’s best freestyle kiteboarders to compete for the crown in both the ‘freestyle’ and ‘big air’ disciplines.
New Caledonia isn’t just a paradise for the professionals though, sheltered by hundreds of individual islands and atolls, the UNESCO World Heritage listed lagoon is the perfect playground for all kiteboarding levels.
Some of New Caledonia’s kitesurfing hotspots include:
o Méridien Beach in Nouméa – a popular spot for local kitesurfers to gather after a session and discuss conditions
o Escapade Island, off the coast of Nouméa – with a two kilometre reef, a perfect spot for all levels
o Ténia Island – this wave break makes it ideal for freestyling
o Poé Beach – the vast reef offers supreme conditions for kitesurfers of all levels
New Caledonia Tourism’s Australian sales and marketing director, Caroline Brunel said New Caledonia Tourism is really excited to host the 2016 WKL tournament and collaborate with event organisers to entice more kitesurfers.
“Through this partnership we will leverage WKL’s strong reputation within this community and position New Caledonia as a leading kiteboarding destination not only in the South Pacific, but the world,” Ms Brunel said.
“Where else can you combine such perfect conditions and backdrops with authentic French dining; cosmopolitan nightlife; Melanesian culture and endless soft adventure activities? New Caledonia truly is a holiday destination where you can have it all,” she said.