Hong Kong is better known for its skyscrapers and suits but Hong Kong has over 250 islands, a UNESCO global geopark and amazing corals. You can be out of the bustle and in your sandals on the sand in 30 minutes. Lantau Island for instance is home to some of the best beaches in Hong Kong,which Cheung Sha Beach makes you feel like you are in a remote resort.
With the summer’s arrival, you can make the most of your time by discovering new water sports with experienced and certified coaches or simply with your friend or family all around Hong Kong!
Here are our top 10 water sports to try out in 2019:
Stand-up paddle boarding is as fun as it sounds and there’s no better place to try it out than Hong Kong with reachable beautiful beaches. The paddle board is flatter han the usual surf board which allows you to stand still more easily – some even bring their dogs on the board or do yoga on it. SUP is a combination of 3 essential components: balance (having strong balance will make you stay upright on a board), muscle strength (the core, arms and legs work as a team to create efficiency) and movement (finding a rhythm between staying stable and body rotation is the key). Find the best deals here and get ready for an amazing new experience.
For a more laid-back option, why not try kayaking? There’s nothing more iconic when it comes to exploring the waterways in Hong Kong than kayaking. It’s a fun way to connect with the beauty of nature, and how much of a workout it can be. \Kayaking is also great for fitness as the obliques (muscles used to turn the torso), lats, and triceps are all used during a typical day of paddling. You should be able to burn plenty of calories even on a leisurely paddle kayak as you exercise muscles that you may not normally use exercise. Find the best kayak lessons and tours offers now and get warmed up for thrilling adventures here. You can find out about the 10 safety items to paddle with here.
Surfing can be practised in several places across Hong Kong.
On Hong Kong island, in Big Wave Bay is actually the most iconic and well-known place provides the largest and most powerful waves. In Lantau, beaches like Pui O and Cheung Sha provide smaller waves, which are perfect for beginners in HK on their day, but with many islands and bays offshore it can be fickle.
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Take surfing to another level and try windsurfing to soak up the rays as you soar through the wind. Windsurfing combines elements of surfing and sailing and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Windsurfing is an effective full-body workout: there is virtually no single part of our body left out during the exercise, and you will especially use the forearms (for holding on to the boom), the core body (for stability), the back muscles, quadriceps and hamstrings.
Many places in Hong Kong allow you to do windsurfing. Stanley for instance where the waves are relatively gentle makes it the perfect destination for beginners. For more advanced windsurfers, waters in Tai Po are perfectly suited to experience all the aspects of the sport.
If you want to enjoy the beautiful sea views and skim alongside the Hong Kong coast, wakeboarding is meant for you. Accessible to people of all ages, this new sport is the perfect activity for a group of friends that want to have fun on a boat and try new experiences. Evolved from a combination of various sports, namely water skiing, snowboarding, and surfing, this sport involves coasting on the waves created by the wake of a speedboat. These waves mimic real ocean waves, big enough to ride and even do tricks upon! The rider is towed along behind the boat with a connecting rope.
Just like wakeboarding, wakesurfing involves surfing in the wake of a speedboat, atop the waves created by the boat. Initially, the speedboat pulls the rider out of the water as he or she holds on to the connecting rope. Once the rider starts riding comfortably, he or she throws the rope back onto the boat, leaving the hands completely free! Book your coach and boat here
Want to have fun on the beach rather than the deep ocean? Skimboarding is the king of coastal boardsports, with all the action taking place at the point where the wave hits the shore. Perhaps best described as the love child of surfing and skateboarding, this shallow water sport is one of the easiest, funniest and safest sports to practice.
Kiteboarding has to be one of the coolest sports you can do on water. Kiteboarding is a wind-powered water sport that uses a kite and a board to propel you across the water. Despite the name, it doesn’t have to involve wave surfing – kiteboarding can be done on mirror-flat lagoons, as well as in choppy seas or big waves. All you need is wind and water. Once you've mastered the basics of riding along and staying upwind, you can start going faster, jumping, doing freestyle tricks, riding waves or going on long ‘downwinders’ along the coast. You want to give it a try? Book your first lesson here
Flyboarding is an exciting extreme water sport that will literally take you to new heights. Attach it to your personal watercraft, hop on and the water will be propelled beneath your feet on the device. It is essentially a hoverboard you can use on water! You can go up to 49 feet in the air on a flyboard or take a dive beneath the water’s surface 8 feet down.
10. HydroFoil board
Beginners or experts, gliding sport lovers or summer vacationers, if you’ve ever dreamed of flying above water try hydrofoil board. It is the newest thing to hit water sports combining all of the board sports together. It is basically a surfboard with a hydrofoil that extends below the board into the water. This design causes the board to leave the surface of the water.