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Kitesurfing is the sport of the moment. In just two years the number of giant kites that ply the skies of the Sardinian coast has quadrupled. Just go to Porto Pollo, the kingdom of windsurfing which is only a few kilometers from the Costa Smeralda, to realize this. Porto Pollo is a double bay in the Strait of Bonifacio that has broken many records. Porto Pollo divides with Tarifa, the Spanish town just outside the Strait of Gibraltar, the title of the reign of surfing, among other things, having hosted two world championships. Here there are people throughout the year, or almost without interruption. The season is the longest, and Porto Pollo is the longest beach on the coast, almost three kilometers. There are magnificent sand dunes, another rarity in the Mediterranean. The secret of the ventilation of the Strait of Bonifacio is the "Venturi effect": the air masses are forced into the funnel between Corsica and the Gallura heights, increasing speed and creating a paradise for those who love to kite. Although the preparation of the equipment is rather long, kite surfing conquers all. Learning is easier for those who already practice water skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing, but everyone can become familiar with the new exciting sport. Porto Pollo, on the road from Palau to Santa Teresa di Gallura, about thirty kilometers from Porto Cervo is the best place for learning. There are two schools, the opportunity to rent equipment and even a corridor specific for kite-surfing. The basic courses are composed of just one hour from each of four classes: the first is a theoretical course, with the use of a small kite. In the second we proceed with a little body drag, you go in the water hanging on to the kite, but without the table, and you learn to govern the incidence with the wind. In the third one you go into water with the board and in the fourth one you learn the departure and gaits. There are also courses in the second and third level - followed by an instructor on an inflatable boat - in which you learn the jumps and navigating strong winds.