Over the past decade or so, Mui Ne, a fishing village and beach holiday strip some 230km east of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, has established a reputation internationally as a hotspot for kitesurfers.
Wind conditions are said to be reliable for kitesurfing at least 70% of the year, with the best time for taking flight being from November to March.
Typically mornings are calm, but the wind begins to pick up mid-morning making it ideal for beginners, and then from midday onwards, conditions become more suited for advanced kitesurfers when winds reach around 25 knots depending on the day.
According to Ly, a kiting instructor at Sailing Club Kite School on Ham Tien Beach, Mui Ne is popular not just because of the weather, but also because of the long beach and relatively safe conditions year round.
This means that kiters can stay right on the beach or very near to it.
Ly, 31, is one of the many kitesurfing instructors from the local area who have been drawn to the sport over the past 10 to 15 years after being introduced to it by a friend back in 2007.
Over the past 10 years as an instructor, he’s seen kitesurfing’s popularity grow in Vietnam to the point where 20-30% of people participating in the sport here are Vietnamese.
And some have gone on to compete internationally.
To learn more about kitesurfing in Mui Ne, watch the video below in which Matt interviews Ly.
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