Surf’s Up at Baie de Beauport

Surf’s Up at Baie de Beauport

It seemed like firefighters were arriving to extinguish a fire. As if the wind and waves at the Baie de Beauport had wrung the alarm.

At first there were only a couple of cars in the parking lot, but after a few seconds, a continuous flow of passionate wind and kite surfers appeared on the beach. Excitement was in the air as if there was a real emergency.

Everyone put their kit on and prepared their equipment, while happliy conversing amongst themsleves.

It was very obvious that the participants all knew each other. There was an interesting mix of young and old, men, women, new surfers, and the more accomplished.

Six hours with an instructor (around $150 per person for groups) generally taken over 2 or 3 days, it is possible to become self-sufficient, at least enough to be able to rent out equipment at the Baie de Beauport and to keep on practicing.

Surfing is a sport that takes up a lot of time. Not easy at all. But the additional challenge represents the process of learning this activity which is part of its charm. You must put the time in before you can ride the waves comfortably.

You don’t need 30 years of practice, though. At first, it is easy to be discouraged by the multiple failures and constant fight against the waves and wind but it is worth continuing. Beyond style, there is something exciting about running into the sea with only a surf board. Once in control, you can float, between a few falls, and appreciate this unique chance of being able to live such an incredible adventure right next to the city. This is a sport where weather rarely impacts the fun there is to have. Wind, rain… bring it on!

Nonetheless, the Quebec region is a wonderful choice when it is time to practice surfing or kitesurfing. The numerous access points to the river are doors to adventurers and allow easy adaptation to wind and tide conditions. La Baie de Beauport, Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans, and Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse are a few spots which attract surf lovers.

A group of surfers have formed the Association des kitesurfers et véliplanchistes de Québec (www.akvq.ca). This organisation is preparing for the weekend of August 25th the Défi Vents et Marées à Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.

The program consists of: races, courses, and demonstrations.

All details are on the AKVQ website (www.akvq.ca).

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LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer

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