- 34 yrs. old
We ask Cameron how he first go into kitesurfing. “I saw someone doing it!”, he replies. “I was mountain biking in this part of Canada around Montreal, where there are pretty big lakes and I saw these guys wind surfing . And I’d tried windsurfing but never really fell in love with it. But when I saw this guy kitesurfing and I thought, ‘Oh my God, I need to try this!”
Cameron and his wife moved here from Dubai two years ago. “There’s a really strong and positive kitesurfing community here, and we got introduced right away”, he says happily. “Also the wind is so much better here than it was in Dubai, and you just have these really nice features like lagoons and nice beaches, which was a big plus.”
“Once you buy your kite, everything else is free,” he says. “The wind is free, the beaches are free, and the water is free.”
The wind though, is not always there. The wind speed in Qatar is usually between 18 to 23 knots, which lies in the sweet spot for kitesurfing. “It’s good for people at all levels to progress through kiting, and even the pros enjoy it because they’re still able to do most of the tricks that they want to do,” says Cameron.
Generally 15 knots is the low end of ride-able wind and the upper end for still having fun is about 30 knots.
For beginners, Cameron believes that Zekreet is the perfect location. Learning at this spot is a big confidence boost for beginners, because they rarely get caught in a situation where they have fear, knowing that there’s no chance of drowning, a thought that might trouble them in deep waters.
“It’s wide open and it’s exhilarating, and you really do get addicted to it, it’s unlike any other sport that I’ve taken part in.” -Cameron