With such a long coastline and so many gorgeous beaches, is it any wonder that water sports are so popular in Goa? We’re literally water babies out here. So if you love water sports, here are the top 5 water sports in Goa.
Think of a windsurfing board as just another regular surfboard, but with an upright sail attached to it. You don’t surf the waves, you surf the wind. The sail rig is connected to the surfboard by a free-rotating universal joint. The rig has a mast, a boom, and a sail. The windsurfer stands upright and balances on the board by holding the sail. This sport has the excitement of both, surfing and sailing. The Dona Paula Bay is one of the best places to windsurf, especially if you are a beginner. Other beaches are Bogmalo, Calangute, Arossim, Uttorda, Benaulim, Vagator, and Baga. The wind there is just right for this sport.
Here’s a video of windsurfing:
Another popular water sport on Goa’s beaches is Wakeboarding. It is a lot like water skiing. The difference is that in wakeboarding, you don’t wear waterskis. Instead, you stand on a wakeboard (a thin board with shoe-like bindings on it) and get towed/pulled behind a motorboat at 30-40 kmph – a speed that is very similar to waterskiing. Atlantis Watersports, in the Calangute-Baga area, offers this sport.
Here’s a video of wakeboarding:
This is another popular water sport, in Goa. It’s similar to wakeboarding, only this time you get powered by a kite/sail that’s up in the air (not a motorboat). You have to do both, control the kite/sail, and balance on the board. A company called Aquasail at Bambolim offers kitesurfing and sailing in sports yachts.
Here’s a video of kitesurfing:
Zipping, or Jetskiing around on a water scooter is perhaps one of the most popular water sports around the world. It’s very popular in Goa too. You can hire a number of different brands of water scooters at beaches such as Vagator, Calangute, Candolim, Benaulim, Aguada, and Colva.
Here’s a video of Jetskiing:
Wow. This one is a combination of jet-ski & jetpack where a flyboard is attached to a jet ski. This sends the flyboard (and along with it the rider), up to 15 meters high in the air. Atlantis Watersports, in the Calangute-Baga area, offers this kind of excitement.
Here’s are a couple of videos of Flyboarding
For more water sports in Goa see: https://www.tourism-of-india.com/goa/things-to-do/water-sports-goa.html