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How to plan an awesome solo kite trip

One of the most amazing benefits of kiteboarding is that you don’t need to rely on your friends to go on holiday with you, you can travel solo and still have the most incredible vacation ever! You don’t need to worry about who will launch your kite or who you will spend your evenings with because there are some unforgettable kitesurfing destinations filled with other solo travelers and kiters eager to make friends, meet new people and explore new spots and places.


As a solo traveler, your choice of destination and accommodation can make or break your vacation. Here are a few tips on choosing the right destination and making the most of your solo kite travels:


Choosing Your Destination


Choosing a more popular destination and during high season will guarantee that you meet other kiters and find people to spend your time with. During high season there are often more events and activities going on to keep you busy.

Choosing Your Accommodation

Accommodation styles have a huge effect on your social life and privacy. For example choosing a dorm room in a hostel vs airbnb vs a hotel room. If you are into the party scene, hostels are always the way to go. Especially during high season you will always have someone who’s ready for a night out, a BBQ or a relaxed games night. Booking a private room in a hostel can be the perfect option for a solo traveller as there is always something to do and someone to hangout with but you always have the option of privacy and chilling time.


Location of Accommodation

Location of your accommodation is also an important consideration. Being located right at the kite spot or directly downtown vs a 15 minute walk or drive from the action can play a huge role in your vacation. Staying close to the action will give you more freedom and motivation to go out and meet friends without worrying about walking home late at night, carrying your gear a long way or spending money on a car rental, bus or taxi.


Finding Accommodations and Other Kiters Before You Go

Sometimes it can be comforting to know other people before you go and can be worthwhile to find alternate accommodation with other kiters rather than staying in hostels. Posting in facebook groups like this is a great way to find other travelers or ask for advice or accommodation options.


Top Choices for Solo Travelers

Cape Town

Cape Town and Langebaan are both great options for solo travelers. Being one of the top kiteboarding spots in the world, it is filled with kiters from around the world through the season (November- March). Hostels and share houses are easily found here, transport is easy and there are many other options other than kiting such as hiking, climbing and going on safari. Big events such as King of the Air is held in Cape Town creating an incredible atmosphere and bringing the kiting community together.

Tarifa

kiteboarding in Tarifa

Tarifa, Spain is one of Europe’s biggest kite spots. If you want to kite and party, Tarifa is the place for you! During the day all the kitersurfers are out there on the water and all spots are super busy. After a long day on the water, the crowds move to the city. In town you will find lots of bars and clubs all crowded with kitesurfers. It’s a pretty cool atmosphere and perfect to get to know other kitesurfers from all over the world.

Check out more about kitesurfing in Spain and Tarifa.

Cabarete

Cabarete, Dominican Republic is known as the adventure capital of the Caribbean and is more than suitable for solo travelers. Accommodations are available directly on the beach which are filled with other kiters and travelers. Party all night or enjoy an active, healthy holiday with kiting, kickboxing, surfing and more. Cabarete has an amazing atmosphere with something for everyone. You will find wind and kiters here all year though the most reliable wind months are June-August and December-March.

Check out more about kitesurfing in the Caribbean.


Dakhla

Kitesurfing Dakhla Morocco

Dakhla, Morocco is just a short flight from most European countries and is best from April-September. As Dakhla is more about the kiting then the nightlife, it is easiest to make friends during the day and meet later for a couple of drinks or playing some card games. Otherwise most accommodations host dozens of kitesurfers so it is super easy to meet others.

Check out more about kitesurfing in Morocco and Dakhla.

Boracay


Borocay is the biggest kite spot in the Philippines with people traveling from all over the globe. There are plenty of accommodation options directly Bulabog Beach which are filled with kitesboarders and watersports enthusiasts. Enjoy a social breakfast talking about today’s wind, enjoy one or two sessions throughout the day with plenty of other things to do after. Join in on weekly early hours kitesurfer parties or relax and have a drink during the sundowner. You can party till early morning with the tourist crowds from White Beach in town if the wind forecast isn’t looking good.

Check out more about kitesurfing in the Philippines.

Kite Camps or Cruises Anywhere!

If you are looking for an amazing, simple holiday without much planning involved, a kite camp or cruise is for you. Kite camps are suitable for beginner-advanced riders and are usually inclusive of accommodation as well as spot transfers (if needed) as well as lessons or coaching. You will be joining other travellers for the camp and likely be staying in the same house or very close to the other campers. This is the perfect option for solo travellers as you are guaranteed to meet other people and find the best spots being guided by a local.

If you are not into partying and prefer more secluded and relaxing kite spots, a kite cruise or safari could be the best option for you.

As you can see, traveling solo is not as intimidating as it sounds. Once you consider different accommodations options, styles, locations and all your different destination options, planning a solo kite trip is easy!




kitesurf group holidays

How to plan the ultimate kitesurf group holidays

Group kitesurf holidays can create amazing memories that last a lifetime. Not only can you share experiences with your nearest and dearest, practising sports with friends can strengthen bonds and speed up improvement times. This aside, organising a group kiteboarding holiday isn’t always plain sailing and finding a destination that suits everyone can be easier said than done. We have put together a few key points that all groups of kitesurfers can consider to make putting together a group kitesurfing holiday a bit more straightforward and let you get on with making memories together.

 

Good organisation is a key component of any successful group holiday but it isn’t always easy to find something that everyone likes the sound of. It may sound obvious but it’s important to know your group. Although Whatsapp groups can prove to be an invaluable way of communicating, if you all live close enough together nothing beats a pre-holiday planning trip to the pub! Here are some things that you and your group might like to talk about:

 

Pick the right destination for the whole group

 

If you’re not sure on where you’d like to go then you can narrow down you search by checking out wind probability, water temperature and weather in different places at different times of year, or by considering whether you’re prepared for long-haul travel. If you have no idea where to go you can use our wind map by month and see directly which destinations are windy at your travel time. Budget and level (see below) can also play a role in this decision. Some groups may have members with their heart set on one destination but remember it’s normally better to consider whether it’s right for everyone before agreeing to one person’s preference. To find the right destination you should be aware of the different kite levels within your group. Here are a few destination suitable for your kitesurf group trip as an inspiration:

  • Brazil (meet lots of other kitesurfers and enjoy flatwater lagoons & waves)
  • Philippines (cheap accommodations, lots of stuff to do and different conditions)
  • Portugal (variety of conditions, easy to access and nice group accommodations)
  • Mexico (nice vibes, various conditions and awesome weather during wind season)
  • Caribbean (paradise feeling, lots of wind but expensive)
  • Oman (far away from the crowds have the spots for yourselfs)

Get to know your kite level

How good are you all, actually? This is nice and straightforward for a group of beginners but mixed level groups may want to consider whether destinations have the conditions and opportunities for everyone to make the most out of their holiday. Intermediate and advanced groups travelling with beginners who need lessons can still benefit from the availability of coaching and ‘clinics’ as well as opportunities to try new things such as wave kiting or foiling. Just make sure that mixed ability groups opt for spots that will allow beginners to progress whilst keeping higher-level riders entertained. If you are a group of confident riders and you fancy trying something a bit more adventurous then the availability of downwinders and kitesurf tours can be a fantastic opportunity to explore a variety of different spots either with professional guidance or on your own.

group kitesurf experience

Discover new spots with your friends or family

Choose the groups budget 

 

Not exactly the most fun part of organising a kitesurfing holiday, establishing a clear budget is still important and can mean you don’t waste time dreaming about spots and itineraries that are out of reach. If you are organising all the parts of your group holiday separately then consider booking things like equipment hire and lessons in advance, this can sometimes be cheaper and allow your group to have a clearer budget. Don’t forget to include space for things like travel insurance and spending money while you are there. Finding a shareable accommodation can generally help groups save a lot of money.

Add extras for your group kite trip

 

Eat, sleep, kite, repeat is all well and good for some travellers but others may be looking for the opportunity to enjoy other activities as part of their trip. This is particularly noteworthy if you’re travelling with non-kiters or families but is worth considering for any group in the case of no-wind days. Similarly, consider what kind of scene everyone is hoping for- this could include things like nightlife or the availability of local restaurants.

 

D.I.Y. or call in the experts?

 

Being your own travel agent can help you take complete control of your trip and, in some cases, booking accommodation and extras such as lessons and equipment hire separately can help save money. If you prefer this route, look out for reviews written by kiteboarding groups to find out if your chosen accommodation is right for you or, even better, check out specialist kitesurf holiday listings. However, with all the above points to take into account, there is a lot to be said for organised group experiences such as kitesurf camps or, for a little more luxury, cruises. These vary in price and what’s included so it’s worth doing your research but they can often cater for a group’s specific needs and are great for beginners who just want to enjoy their first meters on the water without worrying about too much organisation.

 

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So get your buddies together, clear up any questions and start preparing for a trip you will remember forever!

Kiteboarding in Haiti

Kitesurfing in Developing Nations

Kitesurfing can help local development

 

When done right, the kitesurfing communities can provide a platform for people to find work, develop their education, and travel. It can also be a way to empower local entrepreneurs and bringing much needed money to the area.

 

One of our goals at bstoked is to help lower the initial hurdles for some of these business owners by helping them to share their spot with a global audience on our platform. So next time you consider where to go for your next kite holiday, you may wish to consider the impact your your choice could have on a local community.

 

 

So let’s look at this example:

 

20 years ago, Vietnam had scarcely been open more than a year to foreign tourists. The sprawling cities of Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang, and Nha Trang were a fraction of the size they are today. Almost the entire country was made up of quiet, relatively isolated towns and villages.

 

 

KIteboarding in developing countries

Trail of Palms (photo by Hugo Matilla)

 

 

At the time, Mui Ne was no different. There was a single dusty track that led through the village along the coast that would eventually take you to the fishing harbour, where 2- if not 3- generations of fishermen were plying their trade.

 

Slowly at first, but then quite quickly, everything changed.

 

The village showed up on the radar of a group of windsurfers and the first tentative kitesurfers, who had caught on to the rumours that this place had wind- and lots of it. Fast forward to today and this little village is now one of the premiere kiteboarding destinations on the Asian continent.

 

So, how did that happen?

 

 

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Kitesurfers can shape local economies

 

Up until the first watersports clubs set up in town, people in Mui Ne got by almost solely on fishing and farming. Apart from the day-to-day sales of seafood and dragon fruit, the economic value of the little village was certainly nothing to write home about.

 

The first kite schools that established themselves in Mui Ne quickly became an integral part of the village. A new culture started to emerge- surf culture. Locals were learning to windsurf and kitesurf, and quickly starting to develop English language skills.

 

The local kite schools, in collaboration with some of Mui Ne’s other small businesses, began to develop initiatives to tackle the pollution and litter problems in the area. They lobbied the local governments, ran education seminars, and took groups of school children out for beach clean ups.

 

It wasn’t long before the little dirt road that ran through the village started to fill up with restaurants, corner shops, and cafes to serve the new influx of visitors in the town. Local entrepreneurship was at an all-time high, and thanks to the growth in commercial activity, people were now beginning to shop, eat, and drink locally in Mui Ne.

 

The new businesses invited locals in to try out for jobs. The kitesurfing clubs hired young people from the village to work as beach assistants. They taught them how to kite. After just one season, the assistants were riding well enough to begin their instructor training courses. All the while, the family members, friends, and neighbours from around the village were watching on.

 

 

And so came the next generation of kiteboarders

 

Do is 17 years old, and the younger cousin of Quy, who was one of the first instructors to be trained at C2Sky Kite Center in Mui Ne. Having watched Quy progress from beach boy to senior instructor over the course of 9 years, Do was keen to learn the ropes himself.

 

Mui Ne kiteboarding

The beach boys at C2Sky Kite Center in Mui Ne

 

 

Quy started to teach him the basics- how to fly the kite, body drag, and water start. Already hooked, Do began volunteering at C2Sky after school and on the weekends, until he was old enough to take his final exams at school and leave to work full time. He’s been with the kite center for close to 2 years now, and is on the path to becoming an instructor himself. Moreover, Do has dreams of competition.

 

But competition is a tricky one for many people in Do’s position. The average monthly salary for someone in Vietnam is barely enough to cover the entrance fee for an international level kitesurfing competition- and that’s before you factor in plane tickets and extra expenses.

 

“I really want to give him the opportunity to compete” says Liz Kaiser, owner of C2Sky, “If any of our boys wanted to compete I’d be behind them 100%. I’d get them the right connections with coaches, I’d help them get sponsorship from the government, I’d take them to wherever they needed to go”.

 

 

Kitesurfing & sustainable tourism

 

There’s no doubt that the effects of the kitesurfing community have been far-reaching in Mui Ne- and this is just one example. We have seen entire towns develop around the sport of kitesurfing all over the world, from the Philippines and Sri Lanka, to Haiti, Madagascar, and Colombia.

 

While it’s easy to see the positive effects that tourism can have on the growth of a little town like Mui Ne, it’s a shade harder- though arguably even more important- that this growth is achieved in a sustainable, responsible way.

 

 

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Kiteboarding cruise caribbean grenadines

The Ultimate Kitesurf Travel and Holiday Guide

No matter if you organise your kitesurf travel by yourself or prefer to book a complete package, the possibilities for an exciting kiteboarding holiday are abundant: from downwinder adventures, private catamaran cruises, to exotic bungalows on remote islands, there are plenty of options to cater to every type of kitesurfer.
 

In this guide, we will explain why certain parts of your kitesurf trip are better planned ahead, describe the different travel styles, how to identify suitable packages for kitesurfers, flight booking, when to bring gear with you and when not, as well as other crucial things you need to consider when planning a kitesurf vacation. Read carefully to avoid frustration while on holidays and make each trip your ultimate kiteboarding experience.

 

Should I Plan? How in Debt?

 

It can be time-consuming and not everyone is a fan but for a satisfactory kitesurf holiday at least some form of planning is essential. You need to know when the wind is blowing, where the best kite spots are, where to rent gear, how to avoid the crowds and so on. No matter if you’re a kitesurfer who wants an all-inclusive experience, a spontaneous kitesurfer with no fixed itinerary, or someone who is a mix of both, you’ll want to plan some aspects of your trip in advance.

 

Failing to plan ahead will leave even the most spontaneous kitesurfers frustrated and exposed to unnecessary stress on their vacation. If you opt for complete improvisation, you might arrive somewhere that has overbooked accommodation or sky-high prices for last minute arrivals. Scammers can often sense unprepared newcomers and are more likely to rip you off. This travel style tends to work best during the area’s low tourism season or in destinations you already know very well.

 

 

Kitesurf Tour Brazil Jericoacoara

Kitesurf Downwinders in Brazil

 

 

Kitesurf Conditions and Kiting Style

 

Never choose a kitesurf destination solely based on its popularity or fame. Obviously, if you’re a complete beginner, it doesn’t make sense to plan your kite holiday at a spot that only has head high waves. So, opt for spots that suit your interests, ability level, and have alternative activities to do just in case the wind drops.

 

It’s essential to research kiteboarding conditions before travelling. What are the wind conditions like during that season? How crowded will it be when you visit? Are you legally allowed to kitesurf there? Watch out, Many beaches forbid kitesurfing during summer! Is kitesurfing insurance required? What is the launch zone and water like? Is it safe for your ability level? …

 

Check up facts online, get in touch with local kitesurfers and schools, or speak with kitesurf tour operators (hosts) to see if your wished trip is a good fit for your ability, timeframe, and kitesurfing style.

 

Even if you book all-inclusive packages with reputable tour operators it’s always better to do your homework. It will enable you to make informed decisions about the right destination, holiday packages, gear, … or to organise your own travel. A good resource to start planning is this handy kitesurf conditions map.

 

 

Kitesurf Holiday and Travel Styles

 

There is no wrong way to travel (as long as there is kiting involved). Not so many years ago, it was unheard of to join a kitesurf safari or spend a week at a camp dedicated solely to kitesurfers. Today, there are many types of kitesurf trips to suit every interest.

 

You can choose between a variety of kiteboarding specific holidays and travel styles from cruises, tours, camps, or simply staying at a kitesurfer-friendly accommodation:


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Kitesurf cruises are trips on sailboats or motor yachts where you’ll live, eat, and sleep on the water. Your boat will take you to remote islands and the best kite spots (often only accessible by boat) — where you won’t be inhibited by schlepping around gear or figuring out how to get to-and-from different locations. Kiteboarding cruises are one of the best ways to combine discovery, style, and comfort in one experience. You can either book individual cabins or the whole boat if you are a group or family.

 

Kite tours, safaris or road trips explore a region and hit a multitude of different kitesurf spots as well as other attractions. It’s a more adventurous and active type of kiteboarding vacation, where you mostly move around and stay at various accommodation options (from camping to hotels). Means of transport range from 4×4, buggies to horses and camels. A special adventure are downwinders, which allow you to travel through a region mostly on your kite.

 

Kite camps are packages that include accommodation (from resorts to simple hostels) and often include other kitesurfing related services such as gear rental, courses or coaching. They allow for a comfortable kitesurf holiday as you can kite at the local spot or venture out on day trips with the kite camp acting as a home base. Non-kiting travelers can do other activities while you are on the water making camps also suitable for families, couples and groups.

 

Kite accommodations are the basic necessity of each travelling kitesurfer. They can range from tents, bungalows, hostels to luxurious resorts. What makes them suitable for kitesurfers is the proximity to a kitesurf spot, kite gear storage facilities, the host and other guests being kitesurfers and so on. As with camps a comfortable resort or similar which offers also other activities is ideal if travelling with non-kiters.

 

 

Kiteboarding Design Hotel at Papaya Playa Mexico

A design hotel for kitesurfers at Papaya Playa in Mexico.

 

 

Booking a Full Package vs. an Accommodation Only

 

If you have limited vacation time, you won’t want to spend it figuring out logistics like transportation, accommodation, and when kite spots are likely to work. The good thing about holiday packages, especially those created specifically for kitesurfers, is that they often involve local expertise and account for all travel logistics – including gear storage, safety, and kite spot recommendations.

 

Be aware that ordinary holiday packages despite being tempting with (last-minute) discounts, tend to be too one-size-fits-all and will most likely leave you feeling trapped and frustrated. If you do opt for a package, its best to choose one that is crafted with kitesurfers in mind. This is the best option for those who want a low-stress holiday where the only decision they need to make is what kite to use.

 

But be careful as not all kitesurf tour operators are the same. Some work more en masse and might bring you on crowded touristy locations. More boutique providers rather cater to a small number of guests and can bring you to more “secret” spots, often resulting in a more pleasant and authentic holiday experience. To ensure good quality and appropriate pricing it’s always important to check their reputation by reading independent reviews and comparing services between similar providers.

 

If you’re on the other hand the type of kitesurfer, who follows the wind wherever it may blow – planning as you go –  it’s best to pre book an accommodation only at some of the world’s renowned kitesurfing destinations. The closer to a quality kiteboarding spot the better, as long as it is not overcrowded. This will give you some comfort and stability as well as access to local expertise so you can craft your days as you like.

 

 

Variety of kitesurf adventures

 

 

Kite Courses and Coaching

 

Kitesurfing is a beautiful sport but it also comes with dangers when people ride without proper training and mastery of their equipment. Beginners should thus always make a course with a certified kite instructor and depending on your talent a 3-6 day course during your vacation should be enough to get you up and riding more or less independently.

 

But taking advanced courses or specialised coaching while on holidays is also a great way to progress in the sport, improve your riding and learn some fancy tricks that you can show of back home.

 

Kitesurfers who didn’t book a package and want coaching or lessons need to factor where the best and most accessible kitesurf school will be. The ideal school will only offer lessons from accredited kiteboarding instructors and use quality gear. Try to book your lessons in advance to benefit from discounts and to secure availability of the best gear. Don’t forget to check for no-wind-policies to protect you in case of no wind, same goes for gear rental.

 

 

Kite Gear: Rent vs. Bring

 

Whether you should bring your own gear or rent while you’re on your trip depends on your budget, overall plans, and kite quiver. If you are only planning to kitesurf for a few days out of a long trip, it doesn’t make sense to schlep around your gear the entire time. Kite gear can be easily damaged in transit and traveling with your gear can be expensive. When you bring your own, you risk having the wrong kite for the conditions. However, the benefits of bringing your own kite gear includes the freedom to kite at more remote spots and the ability to kitesurf even if shops are closed.

 

Renting, however, gives you a chance to try out new equipment, tailor your set-up to the conditions, and may be an affordable option for those who only want to kitesurf for a few days. Many kite holiday packages include gear rental – making it the most affordable option for those who’ve yet to splurge on their own.

 

 

Choosing a Flight

 

With so many flight comparison websites available (think Kayak, Momondo, and Skyscanner), there’s no reason to book your flight with a travel agent. Many travel agents have an incentive to book your flight with a specific airline – even though that airline may not be the best option. And while budget airlines often seem cheaper at first glance, the price of adding your gear may make your flight more expensive than a full-service airline that includes baggage and meals. Some airlines allow sporting equipment to be considered as their baggage allowance, so make the effort of combing through the terms and conditions before you pay for your gear as an add-on.

 

To find the cheapest flight, set up a price alert on the Skyscanner App where you’ll receive a notification every time the price of a flight increases or drops. As a general rule, flights tend to be cheapest in shoulder tourism seasons and ideally should be booked at least three months in advance.

 

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Top 10 Kitesurfing Destinations Every Kitesurfer Must Visit This Season

The wind is diminishing in the south meaning it’s time to pack up the bags and head north. The summer season is fast approaching with some of our favourite destinations beginning their season. The longer days and brighter sun are bringing the thermal winds to Europe, North America and of course the Caribbean. If you can’t wait another few weeks for the sun, destinations such as Morocco and Egypt are blessed with year round winds and warm weather. After a long, cold, dark winter you deserve a trip filled with sunshine, sand and lots and lots of wind!

 

Going crazy trying to find the next best kitesurf spot for this season?

 

We’ve got you covered 😁

 

We created a list of all the best places to go for this season, our recommendations are selected with beginner and experienced riders in mind who want to make a truly memorable adventure of a lifetime.

 

 

Morocco

Kitesurfing Dakhla Morocco

 

The perfect kitesurf experience awaits you, the kiss of the warm weather and the famous 300-day year winds, irresistible food and a welcoming culture in a paradise, making Dakhla an ultimate kitesurf getaway for any Newbie and Experienced riders to enjoy.

 

The incredible wind stats in Dakhla means you can kite all year long! Dakhla also has a unique climate. Temperatures stay constant between 22-27° for the air and 22° for the water.
A mix of flat water and waves spots can be found.

 

 

Click here to view the Morrocan kitesurf spots

 

 

Greece

 

Greece is not only one of the windiest places in Europe, it is also packed with adventure and outdoor activities. Watch the sunset from the water, follow ancient footpaths to scenic villages or go beneath the sea to explore the marine life. Kiting in Greece is an unforgettable experience.

 

June-October bring the best winds around the Greek islands.

 

 

Click here to view the awesome spots in Greece

 

Madagascar

 

A true hidden gem of serenity in the Sakalava Bay where the water is flat, the winds are perfect and the picturesque surroundings make you feel stoked.

 

Kitesurfing season in Madagascar runs from late March to late November and it peaks between June and September the wind is consistent.

 

 

Click here to see the kitesurf spots in Madagascar

 

Portugal

 

Portugal is a haven for watersports enthusiasts, its vast coastline and mesmerizing beaches will make you wish never to leave. Explore the coast on an amazing cross country kitesurfing road trip, relax and unwind on a kite and yoga retreat or enjoy incredible flat water in the Lagoa de Óbidos.

 

Home to consistent winds and calm waters, the conditions are perfect for beginners and experienced riders. May-August bring the most reliable winds along the coast of Portugal.

 

 

Click here to view more of Portugals kitesurf spots

 

Egypt

 

Apart from being a historic ancient marvel, Egypt is another perfect destination for all-year-round kitesurfing adventures. The temperatures are warm and the wind is constant with serene sightseeing at every glance. Egypt is a hotspot for kitesurfing cruises and is a bucket list adventure for any avid rider.

 

 

Click here to view more Egypt kitesurf spots

 

 

Italy

 

Not only known for its amazing food, high fashion and beautiful sightseeing destinations. Did you know Italy has a plethora of kitesurfing locations?

 

Ranging from the southern sunny part of Sicily to the northern inland beauty of iconic Lake Garda. Italy is another true hotspot for water sports enthusiasts and doubles down as a great tourist destination to visit, with the famous cities like Venice, Verona (home of Romeo and Juliet) and Milan (City of fashion) at arms reach, its no wonder Italy would make the perfect adventure for the travelling kite surfer.

 

You can find kiteable wind in Italy almost the entire year!

 

 

Click here to see more of the Italian kitesurf adventures

 

Spain

 

Known for their wild parties, Tapas, Sangria and La Siesta, Spain offers a variety of great spots for kiteboarders, notably the region around Tarifa (60%-70% windy days year-round) along with the breathtaking Canary Islands where the best conditions are from April to September.

 

Experience the fun culture, amazing food, magical beaches, and (if you are up for it) wild party fun that Spain has been the staple for many years.

 

 

Click here to view more kitesurf spots in Spain

 

Caribbean

 

This list wouldn’t be complete without The Caribbean. You may have heard about its significance in the world of kitesurfing made famous for its constant yearly winds and perfect weather. An iconic place for kitesurfers to rip it up and enjoy the paradise luxuries that the Caribbean offers.

 

The Caribbean is another hotspot for kite cruises, one of the best ways to enjoy the wild ocean and explore endless untouched and uncrowded spots. You can find wind somewhere in the Caribbean the whole year. The thermal winds are the strongest in the northern Caribbean Islands over the summer months.

 

 

Click here to see the amazing kitesurf spots in The Caribbean

 

Brazil

 

The northeast of Brazil is the undisputed kite heaven. From summer to Christmas you won’t find a single day without perfect wind. Add numerous flatwater lagoons, nice wave spots, endless downwinders you will be in kitesurf heaven.

 

Click here to see the amazing kitesurf spots in Brazil

 

South Africa

 

Who hasn’t heard of the awesome wind spots in Cape Town? and you are missing out if you never heard of  Langebaan which is one of the best flatwater lagoon spots on the planet. On top of all the awesome South African kitesurfing adventures, you have other activities like going on a safari and get on the wild side.

 

 

Click here to see the amazing kitesurf spots in South Africa

 

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Let us know in the comments where you would like to go next?

Kitesurf Cruise Caribbean

Why Every Kitesurfer Needs to go on a Kitesurf Cruise

Every kiteboarder dreams of having an exclusive spot to themselves, where the only other kites in the sky belong to their friends. One of the only ways to get this experience is by embarking on a kite cruise where you’ll live, eat, and sleep on the water. Your boat will take you to remote islands and the best kite spots — where you won’t be inhibited by schlepping around gear or figuring out how to get to-and-from different destinations. Kite cruises are one of the best ways to combine discovery, style, and comfort in one experience.

 

If you’re wondering what your next kitesurf vacation should be, here are five reasons why you should consider a kite cruise.

 

Kite cruises often find the best kite spots

 

At a land-based kite camp, you’re at the mercy of the local conditions. If it gets too crowded or the wind isn’t blowing, it’s often a challenge to move to another spot. On a kite cruise, you can follow the wind and try a variety of kitesurf spots around the region. Many of these spots are remote, and only accessible by boat. This means you’re likely to have the kitesurf spot all to yourself. If you arrive to a spot and the conditions aren’t ideal, you can easily venture elsewhere.

 

 

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There’s a kite cruise for every type of kitesurfer

 

No matter if you’re an experienced kiteboarder or just learning how to body drag, kite cruises can often cater to all types of abilities. Families and groups of friends can charter a kite cruise to themselves to spend quality time together or solo travelers can reserve a space just for one in a cabin. Some kite cruises accommodate a handful of people while others welcome up to 30+ kitesurfers — acting as a hotel on water.

 

Kite cruises tend to be very flexible, sailing to a flatwater spot one day to cater to freestyle riders and beginners and to a spot with heavy waves the next. Many kite cruises offer affordable kitesurfing lessons and coaching packages, making it a fun experience for novice kiteboarders and those looking to advance their technique alike.

 

 

Kite cruises are typically very safe

 

We’ve all heard or read horror stories of kitesurfers who’ve been dragged out to sea thanks to changing winds, a popped bladder, broken lines, or a lack of skills. Many kite cruises come with a rescue service, where kitesurfers will be picked up or assisted if they run into trouble while kiteboarding.

 

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A kite cruise vacation explores kite spots only accessible by boat.

 

 

Kite cruises can suit any budget

 

Most kiteboarders don’t even consider a kite cruise because they assume that it’s guaranteed to be way out of their price range. While there are plenty of luxury kite cruise experiences like privately chartered catamarans, there are also kite cruises that are affordable for kiteboarders on a tight budget.

 

For example, in Egypt and the Baltic Sea, you can board an all-inclusive kite cruise for under 600€ to 1000€ per week. Even smaller, private charters sometimes offer kite cruises for around 600€ to 1200€ per week — especially in destinations like Egypt, Canary Islands, Greece, Croatia, and Southeast Asia. When you account for food, transportation, and accommodation, many kite cruises are competitive price-wise with land-based kite holidays.

 

 

Kite cruises are the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure

 

Once you board a kite cruise, all worries are left on land. Kite cruises are typically all-inclusive, where your food, drinks, and accommodation will all be accounted for. Your main decisions might revolve around choosing which size kite to launch, or if you should have a beer now… or later. Since the logistics of food, transportation, gear storage, and where to stay are accounted for, it’s easy to unwind while the wind is down and kitesurf while the wind is up.

 

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Learning to kitesurf in Fuerteventura

Ultimate Guide to Kitesurfing in Fuerteventura – Spain

Located in Spain’s sunny Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is a primo vacation destination for anyone who values a mix of sun, sea, and socialising. Popular amongst holidaymakers as well as adventurous sports enthusiasts, the island packs a punch in terms of its outdoor adventure offerings. Hiking, windsurfing, surfing, and mountain biking are all on the menu here, but in our books it’s Fuerteventura’s kiteboarding that comes in at the top of the list.

 

The north of the island is home to Corralejo, a town that’s evolved to be a charming mix of old Canarian culture and modern surf style. Here’s where you’ll find some of the most popular kiteboarding spots in Fuerteventura; but that’s by no means where it ends. Thanks to its positioning right in the path of the trade winds, this little windswept island is absolutely littered with kiteable beaches.

 

Let’s dive into all the basic information you need to know if you’re thinking of heading to Fuerteventura to do some kitesurfing:

 

Best time to go kitesurfing in Fuerteventura: March to November is considered the best season for kitesurfing in Fuerteventura, but it’s also possible to ride here during the winter months.

 

Average water temperature: 19 degrees Celcius, with lows of 17 in the winter and highs of 21 in the summer.

 

Wetsuit recommendation: In the spring and summer you won’t need a wetsuit (early in the season you may find a spring suit/shorty is good to have on hand) but in the late autumn and winter you’ll need a full 3/2 if not 3/4 wetsuit.

 

Tips for beginners: The safest and most comfortable learning conditions (stable wind, side-onshore orientation, no obstacles) are usually found at Flag Beach. For flat water, the best place for beginners to learn is Costa Calma. It’s possible for beginners to ride in other locations too, but try to avoid the offshore wind at Sotavento and the big waves along the northern coast.

 

 

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Best spots for kitesurfing in Fuerteventura

 

Flag Beach

 

Located in the northeast of the island just outside of Corralejo, Flag Beach is widely considered to be the main kiteboarding spot in Fuerteventura (as well as one of the more popular kite beaches in Spain as a whole). There are plenty of cool places to stay in Corralejo that are really nearby to the kite spot, and once at the kite beach there are loads of kiteboarding facilities.

 

The beach is spacious and sandy, and stretches down the coast for close to 7 kilometers (about half of which is marked off for kitesurfing). During the high season, wind blows 15-20 knots side shore across the beach, which means it’s a great place for beginners to learn how to ride. The only danger here is that there’s a reef underneath the water, so when the tide is low you better wear protective booties.

 

Not only is Flag Beach a great place to base yourself at for your kiting holiday, it also gives you easy access to the outlying island like Los Lobos and Lanzarote (you can even join a kite cruise that takes you exploring both).

 

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Kitesurfing at Fuerteventura’s Flag Beach

 

 

El Cotillo

 

On the westerly side of Fuerteventura’s northern coast, El Cotillo is one of the more popular places on the island to catch some waves. The wind here is a little bit stronger than at Flag Beach (usually by about 3-5 knots) and can also be quite gusty. While the conditions are somewhat less forgiving on beginners, intermediate and advanced wave riders will be in their element thanks to the sweet little beach break and long, rolling waves.

 

When you’re ready for a change of scene, head just a few kilometers up the coast to the flat water at Faro de Tostón.

 

 

Majanicho

 

Squashed between El Cotillo and Flag Beach, Majanicho is the premiere point break on Fuerteventura with waves that measure in between 2 and 3.5 meters. Not one for the faint of heart, the beach and seabed at Majanicho is covered in volcanic rock (and the occasional sea urchin) so you’ll definitely want a pair of booties. But get yourself geared up and out there with a surfboard and you’ll quickly understand what the buzz is for this place. Inside the bay the water is mostly flat with some moderate chop during high winds, and outside the reef is where you’ll find the big rollers.

 

Real wave junkies will make a tour of it and stop off at the neighbouring spots (Punta Blanca, El Hierro, La Caleta, and Mejillones) along the way.

 

 

Sotavento

 

Located in the south of Fuerteventura, Sotavento receives 20-30 knots of wind that blows across the land (offshore/side-off) which means it can be quite gusty. There’s a flat water lagoon that leads out to the sea. Though there are tons of people who come to ride here and take advantage of what’s considered to be the most consistent windy spot in Fuerteventura, the offshore orientation and strong gusts mean it’s not a great place for beginners- that is, unless the lagoon is working.

 

The lagoon is heavily affected by the tides so it’s actually only full of water for 2 or 3 weeks of the month; make sure to check out the tides online before you set off all the way down there. But when the water level is high enough and the wind is blowing, Sotavento’s flat water lagoon can be quite a bit of fun- and a decent place for beginners to learn.

 

 

Costa Calma

 

From Sotavento, drive just 5 kilometers up the road you’ll reach Costa Calma, another flat water spot which is far less affected by the tides. With 15-28 knots blowing here during the summer season and a consistent 1.5 meters of water depth, Costa Calma is a much better option for beginner kiteboarders. Just bear in mind that when the wind is blowing from the northeast it can be quite gusty (if it’s too far north the wind blows over the buildings on the beach side-offshore); it works best the more easterly the wind is.

 

 

Puerto Lajas

 

One of the only kite spots on the east coast of Fuerteventura, Puerto Lajas is worth noting if only for its close proximity to the airport (handy if you’re dying to squeeze in one last session). Working in both northerly and southerly winds, Puerto Lajas is a good one to have in mind if your other usual spots are a bit too crowded. There’s a point break here which creates some clean little waves to play around in, too.

 

 

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10 Best Kitesurf Locations for Families

Traveling with your whole family isn’t always a walk in the park- especially if you’re adding kids to the mix. Between navigating airports, transfers, and transport (and keeping everyone fed and happy along the way) the trip itself can be pretty challenging. If you’re heading off on a kitesurfing holiday, your top priority is going to be to maximise your time on the water- no question.

 

But chances are:

 

If you’re bringing your family along for the ride, not everyone will share the same interest.

 

Sound familiar?

 

The trick is to find a place that’s easy to get to, has great local infrastructure, top notch facilities, is safe, relaxed, and fun for everyone. To that end, we’ve scoured the globe in search of the best kitesurf locations for families, according to these key factors:

 

-Ease of access (distance from nearest airport)

-Infrastructure

-Vibe of the location

-Safety, space, and facilities on the beach

-Non-kiting family-friendly activities

 

 

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Check out which locations top the list:

 

 

1. Tulum, Mexico

 

With a reliable season that runs from November to May, Tulum is an epic place to escape to during the chilly winter months. Steeped in incredible culture, Tulum is all ancient Mayan temples and beautiful underwater caves. Scuba diving and paddle boarding are popular family activities, as are trips to the nearby pyramid, Chichen Itza.

 

 

 

2. Cabarete, Dominican Republic

 

Cabarete, one of the Caribbean’s kiteboarding meccas, is a fantastic choice for a family kitesurfing holiday thanks to its close proximity to the nearest airport (Puerto Plata) and the solid mix of non-kiting adventure activities on offer (think mountain biking, fishing, and canyoneering). It also enjoys year round wind, so you won’t have to worry about your holiday time coinciding with the ‘on-season’.

 

 

3. Langebaan, South Africa

 

 

Conveniently located just an hour outside of Cape Town, Langebaan has something for everyone. Kiters will be in their element in Langebaan’s legendary conditions, and the rest of the family will be spoiled for choice with safaris, whale watching, and fossil parks all within a stone’s throw.

 

 

 

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The stunning spot in Langebaan

 

 

 

4. Tarifa, Spain

 

An easy short-haul trip for anyone in Europe, Tarifa is splitting at the seams with interesting culture, delicious food, and vibrant local life. While its kitesurfing conditions are known throughout the world, non-kiters will have plenty to do both at the beach and n the town.

 

 

5. Rhodes, Greece

 

Greece is packed full of awesome family friendly kitesurfing locations (Naxos and Paros are other favourites of ours), and sitting at the top of that list is Rhodes, thanks to its gorgeous scenery and abundance of off-the-water activities.

 

 

6.Aruba

 

The Caribbean makes a second appearance on our list of best kitesurf locations for families- and for good reason. Aruba’s year round wind, beautiful beaches, friendly local people, and safe communities make it a great choice for a family kitesurf holiday.

 

 

7. Sicily, Italy

 

If some members of your family aren’t into kiting, Sicily is a solid choice because it ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to culture, food, and beautiful scenery. That said, if you’re interested in teaching some other members of your family how to kite (and this includes kids), Sicily should definitely be on your radar.

 

 

 

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Amazing conditions in Sicily

 

 

8. Hua Hin, Thailand

 

Thanks to its ease of access from both its own local airport and Thailand’s biggest airport in Bangkok, Hua Hin is a top contender if you’re looking for a kitesurf location in the tropics that isn’t a pain to get to. With a big, spacious beach and a lively outlying city, Hua Hin has something for everyone in the family.

 

 

9. Phan Rang, Vietnam

 

One of Southeast Asia’s most promising kitesurfing destinations, Phan Rang is the place to go to if your family is up for a truly authentic local experience. The outlying area is rugged and rural, and the kitesurfing spot is a dream. Located just an hour away from Cam Ranh International Airport, it’s also relatively easy to get to.

 

 

10. Algarve, Portugal

 

With nearly year-round sun, ease of access to the airport, and bucket-loads of safe beaches to learn kiteboarding on, the Algarve is well-deserving of a place on this list. 

 

 

Location aside, what kind of kite experiences are best for families?

 

Families come in all shapes and sizes, so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer here. That said:

 

If we had to nail down one type of experience that seems to suit a lot of families across the board, there’s no denying kite cruises are an awesome choice. Cruises are a great option for families, because:

-You’re always together

-You have your privacy

-You have the freedom to move around on the charter as you please

-There’s tons of non-kiting activities on offer (think snorkeling, swimming, sailing, and just relaxing onboard)

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Kitesurf Vacation: Trying a Kitesurf Camp

One of the greatest ways to discover new destinations and connect with like-minded kitesurfers is to join a kitesurf camp. They’re also a top choice for travelers who value having all aspects of their trip organised in a single package so they don’t have to spend time with research and booking all needed services separately (from accommodation to kitesurf instructors, gear etc.). It’s the safest way to make the most out of your vacation.

 

Who are Kitesurf Camps For?

 

Absolutely anyone can join a kite camp, regardless of level or who you’re traveling with.

 

There are camps to suit every kind of kiter, from beginners who are looking to gain some confidence and take inspiration from others like them, to intermediate riders who are keen to advance their skills and progress to the next level.

 

Camps are a great way for couples and small groups of friends to experience a kite vacation with other like-minded people. That said, kite camps (especially collective camps) are most suited to solo travelers, since they offer the perfect opportunity to connect and hang out with a community of other kiters who share the same vibes.

 

Often solo travelers (especially first timers) feel insecure about heading to a new spot on their own and tackling the entire trip by themselves.

 

It can be a little daunting, right?

 

Kite camps are a great way to take that daunting aspect out of solo travel; you’re safe in the knowledge that you’ll have tons of support and awesome shared experiences lined up with other kitesurfers just like you.

 

 

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Benefits of Joining a Kite Camp

 

Straight off:

 

The biggest benefit of taking part in a kite camp is that everything is arranged for you. From airport pickups and local transfers to supervision at the kite spot, one single booking covers you for all of your kite vacation needs.

 

Kite camps cover all the bases when it comes to lessons or clinics, beach services, and spot guidance- but the best part?

 

If you happen to have a no-wind day, in most cases you’ll also be covered for some non-kiting activities (think SUPing down hidden rivers, energising yoga sessions, and exploring the wildlife in the surrounding area).

 

The convenience aspect is a big draw for a lot of people, but aside from all that, there’s something else that makes these kite camp experiences really stand out.

 

By sharing the experience with the other kiters joining the camp, you’ll have a unique opportunity to connect with interesting people from all walks of life; people from all over the world who share the same passion as you do.

 

There’s nothing better than getting to know a handful of new people than by sharing a salty session together on the water, followed by a nice sundown beer at the campfire- it’s a recipe for lifelong friendship!

 

 

 

Kitesurf Camp Essaouira Morocco

 

 

Types of Camps (and How to Pick the Best One for You)

 

Learning or Coaching Camps (private or collective):

 

 

Designed from beginner to advanced kiters, learning camps are learning and training focused and mainly center around improving your kite skills. The most important thing to consider when choosing a learning camp is where in the world you’re most likely to have reliable wind at that time (see our where-to-go-when map).

 

Other factors to consider are the kiteboarding conditions at the spot: will it be crowded? Gusty? Wavey? Pick according to your current level.

 

Learning and coaching camps are either private or collective. Private camps are usually package deals for individual kiters or smaller groups that include airport pickup, lessons, accommodation, and transfers to and from the spot.

 

Collective camps, on the other hand, are centered around group lessons/clinics and other shared experiences.

 

 

 

Experience Camps (Collective):

 

These types of camp focus more on collective experiences. Kitesurfing is the main focus, but you’ll also get involved with lots of other activities such as sightseeing, kite trips, group dinners, yoga, surfing, and SUPing- to name a few.

 

The most important thing to think about when considering an experience camp is where the most interesting places are.

 

Sure, you’ll want to consider the kite spot itself (it’s best to pick a spot with at least 50% wind probability), but outside of that you might want to take some time to consider the local culture, the scenery, the surrounding area, the food, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kitesurf Vacations: Tours, Safaris & Road Trips

Kitesurf tours, safaris and road trips offer the ultimate blend of exploration and kiteboarding. Maximise your vacation’s adventure potential and discover a whole new side to your kitesurf destination.

 

Experience the best of what a spot has to offer. Explore all of the awesome hideaways in the outlying area. Get to know the local culture, vibe, and people in a whole new way. These are just a few of the reasons that kitesurf tours, safaris, and road trips make for the best kind of kite holiday. But what else can you expect from this kind of kitesurf vacation?

 

 

 

Maximum adventure potential

 

 

For those of you who love getting stuck into the action and getting your hands dirty, kitesurf tours and road trips are the best possible way to soak in your surroundings and really get to know a destination.

 

Not only will you have the chance to visit a whole mix of different kite spots, you’ll also have the opportunity to experience the local culture first-hand (and get a big dose of nature, too).

 

 

 

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Ultimate combo of kiteboarding & exploring

 

One great thing about joining a kitesurf tour, safari, or road trip is that you’ll enjoy the perfect balance of kitesurfing an sightseeing- without needing to sacrifice time for either one.

 

But the best part?

 

This type of kitesurf vacation is usually a collective experience; you’ll have the chance to travel around with a group of like-minded kiteboarders, discovering the local area, and bonding over your shared stoke. Because of this, kitesurf tours, safaris, and road trips are ideal for solo-travelers who are looking to meet some new friends (that said, couples and groups are totally suited to this type of vacation too).

 

 

 

“Tailored for you” experiences

 

 

This is particularly useful if you’re thinking of traveling with a group of friends: Most experiences can be designed to suit your group size (and preferences), and plenty of kitesurf tours only require a minimum of 4 people- though keep in mind that this number varies from trip to trip. You may even have the option to enjoy a private tour with your own personal guide.

 

 

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Exploring the Brazilian coast

 

 

 

Discover the region by kite

 

 

What better way to get to know your new surroundings than by taking to the water and discovering the coastline while zipping around on your kite. Kitesurf safaris (specifically downwind safaris) are all about exploring the area by kite. Accompanied by a boat or a vehicle on land, you’ll discover the area from atop your board.

 

 

 

Experience a mix of sports & activities

 

To truly capture the best of what a spot has to offer, most local hosts will offer a mix of sports and activities. Not only will this give you the chance to broaden your experience, it also means you’ll be making the most of the weather conditions- no matter what they are!

 

 

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