When the monsoon comes to Koh Phangan, wake boarding season goes into temporary hiatus in Chaloklum due to winds and rough water and the adrenaline junkies appear at Malibu beach for a new fix — Kiteboarding.
Kiteboarding, or kitesurfing is the ultimate monsoon sport, taking advantage of the wind and the rains that would otherwise grind village life to a halt. With the kites offering a sharp contrast to the otherwise grey days or the rainy months, locals and addicts alike often head off to the bech to watch the fun.
Koh Phangan has a number of kitesurfing schools, and while most are located in Baan Tai on the more southern coast, at certain times of year everyone relocates to Chaloklum for its ideal Kiteboarding condtions. Malibu’s soft sandspit and shallow reef provide a good balance between wind and waves. Watching Facebook or WindGuru is an excellent way to know what is going on with the wind — the dedicated send out events and invitations to other kiteboarders from all over south East Asia when a particularly promising storm is set to blow in.
KiteSurfing schools on Koh Phangan include KiteBoarding Asia, Cuttlebone and One2Kite and both offer instruction and equipment rental. As with diving, proper IKO certification is required for equipment rentals.