NEWSPORT DAILY – The rise of kitesurfing in Port Douglas
Working on Lizard Island was the catalyst for bringing kitesurfing to Australia.
Bretto said he saw snippets of kitesurfing in his surfing life and was still fascinated with extreme sport.
“In 1999, I was on Lizard Island when I had the opportunity to purchase one of the first kitesurf boards to come to the country.
“The former weren’t cheap; I went halfway with one of my companions and it literally took off from there. We were on the water in front of charter boats and cruise ships with our swim shorts around our ankles learning to fly – it was unreal.
“I knew when I got back to Port Douglas that Four Mile Beach would be perfect, with its constant southeast and winter is the best time for that here – boardshorts, palm trees and trade winds – that’s all you got. need, ”he said. .
He continued to shine the Coral Sea with his board and kite on epic rides like the one he took from Cairns to Cape York, his reputation soared with Windswell – his company where he teaches others how to hunt the wind and connect people to water. .
“Water is my happy place, I’m lucky to be able to get out of Four Mile Beach every day and show people the wonders of here – we see wildlife like turtles, little reef sharks and mantra rays doing backflips in front of our boards. . We love it. “
With Bretto’s close connection to the sport mixed with his reputation across the country, he has been an advocate in bringing riders to the area.
Kitesurfers from all walks of life have found the ultimate feeling of freedom, lifestyle and awe-inspiring views as their boards rise from the sea with the wind in Port Douglas.
“Kite shops, schools and clubs along the east coast come flying to Port. The thing about kitesurfers is that they stay most of the season, it’s great for the city.
“You don’t have to be a professional to get into it, it’s an extremely safe sport, we’ve had riders from 8 to 70 years old. It’s great to see people’s progress, we can help budding kitesurfers on their journey with our ‘Zero to Hero’ program. “