It is not only foreign tourists who love to practice water sports. More and more national holidaymakers are enjoying themselves on the lakes and coastlines. It is therefore useful to look at the reasons for this success, which has been growing over the years.
The main water-based leisure activities
With 3,427 kilometres of coastline and several hundred lakes, it is only natural that water sports should be so successful. Most of these water sports can be enjoyed by adults as well as children. From Brittany to the Côte d’Azur, via Savoie, the Alpes-Maritimes, the Canal du Midi or the Burgundy Canal, it is possible to practice various water sports. These include motorized sports such as sea scooters, motorboating or water skiing. Water sports have also become increasingly popular over the years. These are mainly windsurfing, surfing, kitesurfing and bodyboarding. Finally, we must not forget canoeing, which is practised both at sea and on lakes and rivers, swimming and boat trips.
Facilities that promote water sports
In recent decades, there has been an increase in the number of water leisure facilities. Whether it is a landing stage, a port or a structure allowing the surveillance of budding or experienced sportsmen and women, the practice of water sports is more and more secure. It is no longer necessary to be a kitesurf, wakeboard, rafting, Stand Up Paddle, or Flyboard champion to have fun on lakes, rivers or the French coast.
Media coverage that encourages the practice of kitesurfing
In addition, the great media coverage and the democratization of social networks contribute to the success of water sports. Indeed, who hasn’t been moved by the film “le Grand Bleu” and the performances of freediving divers? Who is not proud of the performance of Denis Gargaud Chanut who won the gold medal in canoeing at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016? In any case, seeing a champion on television pushes many people to practice water sports as a leisure activity or during their holidays.