Gliding on the water as if it was air
Beaches along the Algarvian coastline have learnt to adapt to modern trends by constantly updating equipment and facilities, and the area of water sports has been one of the most dynamic in this respect. In some cases, this involves adapting innovations normally used in the air and on land to marine activities.
This is the case with kitesurfing, a sport inspired by windsurfing, wakeboard (which is similar to waterskiing but uses a board instead of skis) and paragliding. Kitesurfing is surfing on waves on a surfboard, but gripping a kite for traction (to harness the wind). The advantages of this sport are that it can still be practised even if there are no waves, or if the wind is weak. Another important aspect is that it does not pollute or damage the environment.
‘Parasailing’ is another ‘hybrid’ sport, which involves riding high above the water, strapped to an open parachute and attached to a boat with a tow rope.
These are popular and fun sports, judging from the huge increase of enthusiasts taking part. Aware of this, specialist companies in the Algarve have made it possible to access these activities on the region’s beaches in areas such as Tavira, Faro, Loulé, Portimão and Lagos, which all have very well equipped facilities.