Vitaly Dobryansky – Russia's kite-surfing pioneer


Stanitsa Blagoveshchenskaya in southern Russia used to be a typical destination for tourists just looking for a beach vacation. The appearance of kitesurfing – one of the youngest forms of sailing – changed the community’s atmosphere completely, making it almost unrecognizable.

Stanitsa Blagoveshchenskaya in southern Russia used to be a typical destination for tourists just looking for a beach vacation. The appearance of kitesurfing – one of the youngest forms of sailing – changed the community’s atmosphere completely, making it almost unrecognizable. Every year, from May through October, a huge camp sets up on Bugasky spit. Hundreds of people go there just to go kitesurfing. This all began in 1998 when the first person to open a kitesurfing school, Vitaly Dobryansky, came to the spit. Nowadays the Russian kitesurfing championship is held in Stanitsa Blagoveshchenskaya every year.