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Hong Kong locals love their sport, but it’s not all yoga by candle light and pavement pounding. A city surrounded by water is bound to attract watersports fanatics, and Hong Kong has an amazing adrenaline junkie scene that you must explore – even if it’s just dipping a toe in the water (as it were).
SUP Yoga (Stand Up Paddleboard)
For anyone who practices yoga or has a true appreciation for nature, SUP is an indescribably peaceful pastime. Even though it’s well-known in other parts of the world, it’s just starting up in Hong Kong. SUP experts Nadine Bubner and Diana (Dee) Cheung wanted to, quite simply, take people out on the water and practice yoga with them on paddleboards. It’s a fledgling watersport that is growing by the year and as regular Yoga SUP practitioners LOVED our experience of it out on the South China Seas.
Nadine hails from Germany, practicing yoga for ten years and teaching for the last 5 years. She is registered as a Yoga Teacher by the International Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200) with Yoga Limbs Hong Kong, Prenatal certified with Dr. Jean Byrne – theyogaspace Perth and is an IRONMAN Certified Coach and Holistic Health Coach. So…she’s tough. Once we’d finished our class, looking out at the sparkly blue sea, we felt so fortunate and grateful – it was such a beautiful moment and one we’d highly recommend you get to experience.
There’s also a sense of tuning into the flow when you’re practicing yoga moves on the water. A different intelligence speaks at you and your mind ceases to think about anything else as it needs to be utterly focussed on the job at hand to maintain balance. It’s incredibly mindful and you feel so blissed out after.
Open Water Swimming
Open Water Swimmers of Hong Kong (OWSHK) is the only organisation in the S.A.R. to co-ordinate and encourage mixed level open water group training and racing sessions all year round. They are run exclusively by a group of enthusiastic volunteers and no fees are payable. Anyone can do it (they give you flotation devices for safety) and it’s free. What’s not to like?
Hong Kong Wakeboard
Wakeboarding has become the talk-of-the-town in the world of water sport. However, it’s not just a fad. Once you get into this sport, you’ll discover how challenging and brilliant it can be. If you want to get good at it, it’s crucial that you pick the right coach, the right boats and the right location. Hong Kong has a thriving wakeboarding community and is a really cool place to learn.
Wakeboarding Hong Kong
At RiderPhilosophy, there are many experienced, professional and Hong Kong wakeboarding association certified coaches. Their students have won numerous local and overseas competitions and their coaching philosophy is that one must start with the right posture, and from that move on to the right techniques. The boats they use are mastercraft and tige, both well known professional wakeboard boats. If you want to wake above the rest and have the best technique, RiderPhilosophy is a good choice.
Their speciality is in coaching beginners to become confident, skilled wakeboarders. Tai Tam Bay is an ideal place to learn how to wakeboard as the calm waters and gentle climate mean that beginners can get out on the water virtually every day of the year.
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club For Sailing & Rowing
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) is one of the oldest sports clubs in Hong Kong and is proud of its rich, colourful history, which stretches back over nearly 170 years of social and competitive sailing and rowing. The RHKYC provides sailing and rowing courses for members and non-members at various levels to nurture the development of these two core sports.
For beginners, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club offers a five-day practical course, based in laser dinghies. They also have one-day supervised sailing sessions for those who want to improve or need a refresher on certain areas, such as boat handling, distance sails and racing.
Kiteboarding Association Hong Kong
They have various trainings including a 3 day beginner package which covers all you need to know to get up and running on your board – up to or completing IKO kiteboarder level 1 and 2.
They have a 1 day kiteboarding discovery course to give you the would be kiteboarder all the information you need to determine if kiteboarding is the sport is for you.
There is also the 1 day private to work on any particular skill you may want to improve upon or learn. Finally they have the 1 day intermediate course which covers any skills you require such as upwind kiting, gibing, water re-launching, and jumping. (Level 3)
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