Really missing enough time back home in Denmark to go kite-surfing, Mui Ne was a very welcome chance for Jesper to get some time on the water. After asking around, bargaining a bit, and not daring to take a chance with the places using the local Axis brand kites. Jesper made an agreement with Mr. Lee’s Kite-surfing School to rent a North board and Ocean Rodeo kites for 3 x 2 hours. At 95 USD total including them setting up everything and just needing to show up – that seemed like a very reasonable deal for everybody.
It was however not a perfect start to Jesper’s Mui Ne kite-surfing adventure. After about 15 min. of the first session the harness broke in a landing sending Jesper splashing and kicking 20 meters downwind of the board. Fortunately the extra safety strap was still there so the kite was still attached but body dragging 20 meters upwind in huge waves with a broken harness ended up taking almost 10 minutes and it was a surprise that any water was left after the amounts Jesper swallowed. Jesper did made it back and after a very big “I’m sorry” from mister Lee, 20 minutes break to recover from a lightly pressured rib and a getting a new harness Jesper was ready to try again.
It was Jesper’s first time using a “Bow” kite and being use to C-Shapes or Hybrid’s he did start out missing pretty much every jump and landing. Must have been a lot of fun to watch from the beach but fortunately the funniest part of circus “Learning to ride Bow” was over after about 20-30 minutes and Jesper started to get the hang of it.
Lots of good things can be said about Kite-Surfing at Mui Ne:
If you consider going there just to kite-surf you do however need to be aware of the downsides as well:
That being said Jesper had some great days on the water and just getting out was a fantastic and not expected bonus. It was also a chance to take the GoPro camera kite-surfing:
The last session ended up taking only 70 minutes as Jesper was so beat up that his feet and stomach muscles were starting to cramp-up. Poor fellow 🙂