Vancouver: kiteboarding is not a crime

Canadian kiteboarders have asked permission to launch their kites at the Spanish Banks Beach Park, in Vancouver.


The English Bay, in Vancouver, Canada, is one of the best kiteboarding spots in North American. The favorable wind conditions are, however, the only allies of local riders.

The authorities have forbidden the practice of water sports in the region. "No person shall use, carry or possess a surfboard, windsurfer, canoe or boat in a park or on a beach save in such areas as designated by the General Manager", a park board tells.

The Squamish Windsports Society has sent a proposal to the Vision Vancouver park board, asking permission to launch kites in the westernmost part of the beach.

"We would be open to discussions on it. Sometimes the only way you know that a bylaw is outdated is when you start hearing that it is affecting people in a negative way", says Sarah Blyth, from the Vision Vancouver Park.

This might be an important victory, not only for Canadian kitesurfers, but to all countries and coastal spots that still deny the access to water sports enthusiasts.