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Why You Should Definitely go Kitesurfing in Portugal’s Algarve Region

The Algarve, Portugal’s most southerly region, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places in the country. With a coastline that stretches along the Mediterranean Sea on the southern side and a portion of the Atlantic Ocean on the western side, the Algarve is comprised of craggy cliff faces, stunning ocean vistas, quaint fishing towns, and peaceful countryside.

 

Sounds good, right?

 

As if that wasn’t enough to have us packing our getaway bags, the Algarve is also home to some of Portugal’s best kitesurfing spots.

 

Want to know about all of the other places you can kitesurf in Portugal? Head over to our complete guide to kitesurfing in Portugal to find out more.

 

 

Bstoked kitesurfing experiences in Portugal

 

 

 

Where? What? When? And most importantly… Can I come too??

 

Yes indeed, this beautiful region of Portugal is absolutely filled with idyllic kiteboarding beaches. There’s something for every kind of kitesurfer in Portugal’s Algarve, from big-time wave rippers to freestyle freaks- and even total beginners.

 

Head to the outskirts of Faro for overhead waves and open ocean rodeos, or make your way to the iconic Alvor Lagoon for flat water fun and beginner lessons; the beauty of the Algarve is that there’s a perfect place for everyone- no matter what your style or level.

 

Best time to kitesurf in Portugal’s Algarve: May to October

 

Average water temperature: During the summer months the water temperature hangs around a balmy 22-24 degrees, but during the winter months you can cut that in half.

 

Wetsuit recommendation: During the warm summer months, a shorty will be more than enough to keep you comfortable. Throughout the rest of the year, a full length wetsuit is recommended.

 

Wind type: Thermal, Nortada, best when it blows from the North/Northwest

 

Water conditions: mix of wave, chop, and flat water

 

Top tips for beginners: While Portugal is often touted for its big wave kite spots, such places aren’t ideal for beginners. One great thing about the Algarve is that there are plenty of different kite spots to choose from- and many of them are beginner friendly. Keep your eyes peeled for flat water lagoons (such as the one at Alvor) and beaches that are sheltered from the big waves.

In addition, it pays to know that the waves are usually much stronger in the winter time than in the summer. During the summer season, many of the spots (for example, Costa Caparica) have much more easy going conditions than that of the winter.

 

 

Learning to kite in the lagoon

 

 

 

Top Spots for Kitesurfing in Portugal’s Algarve Region

 

 

Alvor Lagoon

 

Pinned near the top of the list of Portugal’s top flat water kite spots, the Alvor Lagoon is a spot to know about if you’re heading for the Algarve. For years the lagoon (or Ria de Alvor as it’s locally known) has been a place favoured by kiters and windsurfers, thanks to its waist-deep water and reliable wind.

 

Alvor Lagoon works best during the Nortada (northerly) wind, but it’s one of those fortunate places that also works when the wind comes from the south, too. Bear in mind it can be a bit of a gusty spot; beginners may find it more manageable early in the day when the wind is slightly lighter. Overall though, this lagoon is far more beginner friendly than the open sea on the outside, which can often have powerful overhead waves.

 

 

Lagos

 

On the banks of the bay opposite Alvor, Lagos is another key spot in the Algarve kitesurfing scene. The main beach, Meia Praia, is moderately sheltered from the rough open sea and enjoys comparably gentle baby swells and stable winds.

 

The beach area itself is spacious and free from obstacles, which is a big bonus for newbie kiters who are still getting to grips with their kite control skills. For more advanced riders, the eastern breakwater creates gorgeous clean waves that are perfect for ripping around on.

 

 

Faro

 

Creeping closer to the Spanish border, Faro’s southern beaches are awash with beautiful kitesurfing spots. The likes of Ilha da Barreta offer secluded seascapes to ride around on, by virtue of the fact that it’s only accessible by boat. The outlying island (known as Ilha da Deserta) is a popular spot to cruise to on a catamaran.

 

Meanwhile, the neighbouring Ilha da Culatra boasts both a flat water lagoon and an open sea spot, as well as stunning views of the national park inland- it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a downwinder with friends.

 

 

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Enjoying flat water in El Gouda

A Flatwater Paradise- Kitesurfing in El Gouda

Things to know before you go:

 

Best time to kitesurf in Egypt: The is wind the whole year in Egypt though it is most consistent over the summer months (April-October)

 

Average water temperature: The water temperature vary between 20 degrees C in the winter time up to 29 degrees C in the summertime.

 

Wetsuit recommendation: It is recommended to wear long wetsuits in the winter (December through to April), short wetsuits in Spring and Autumn (May and June/September and October) and a bikini or board shorts and lycra in the summertime (July and August).

 

Wind type: Wind speed vary throughout the year. 3 kite sizes are recommended for getting the best out of your trip.

 

Water conditions: Egypt is filled with amazing flat water lagoons and some small waves.

 

Top tips for beginners: Egypt is an amazing destination for beginners filled with shallow and flat water lagoons. Including Soma Bay, El Gouda, Safaga, Wadi Lahami, Dahab and Blue Lagoon.

 

 

The Destination

 

Due to the year round winds and ideal weather conditions, El Gouda has quickly become a mecca for wind and water sports. El Gouda is easy to access- just 30 minutes from Hurghada airport. The main areas of El Gouda are Downtown and the Marina, here you will find everything you need such as: restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies, gift shops, a movie theatre and of course awesome nightlife! You can easily move around El Gouda with a Tuk Tuk which can take you anywhere in town for about 0.75 euros.

 

 

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Accommodations

 

The amazing hotels hotels and restaurants scattered along El Goudas 10km beachfront make it a luxurious vacation and leisure destination. There are countless hotels, villas and bed and breakfasts suited to all budgets. Lagoon front accomodations are perfect for kiters- never miss a session!

 

Kiteboarding Lessons in El Gouda

 

The flat, shallow water mixed with constant wind makes El Gouda a perfect place to learn as well as progress and improve your tricks. There are many schools to choose from as well as multi day kite camps, cruises and safaris guiding you to the best locations in the area.

 

Kiteboarding lessons in El Gouda

Amazing shallow, flat water for learning

 

 

Alternative Activities

 

Though no wind is a rare occurrence in Egypt, there is always something else to do! Try waking boarding at the cable park, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, hiking or quad biking in the desert, golf, horse riding and more!

 

Take a day trip to Luxor, a seaside town located on the Nile River about 3 hours from El Gouda. Luxor is one of Egypt’s most famous cities for visitors wanting to explore Ancient Egyptian history. It’s on the site of ancient Thebes, the pharaohs’ capital at the height of their power with extraordinary temples and pharaoh tombs- a site not to be missed.

 

A kitesurfing trip to El Gouda is perfect for solo travellers as well as couples or groups. Spend the days kiting, the nights socializing and the no wind days exploring the amazing ancient history of Egypt. An amazing kiteboarding holiday!

 

 

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Kitesurfing in Cancun Mexico

Cancun is a city on the Yucatan Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea. Cancun is a popular tourist destination known for its wild nightlife and all-inclusive resorts and for its university spring break parties. The beaches in Cancun itself are crowded with people and not suitable for kiteboarding, though there are numerous spots surrounding Cancun with amazing wind and kitesurfing conditions. Here is a list of spots accessible for kitesurfing near Cancun Mexico:

 

 

Isla Blanca: 45 mins North of Cancun

 

Isla Blanca is the most popular spot to kite from Cancun. The conditions are dreamy for freestyle riders with a 10 mile, flat water lagoon with knee to waist deep water. The wind blows from November- March around 20-25 knots. Isla Blanca is a nature reserve so the nightlife is non-existent, but for those wanting to party, Cancun is close by and lively every night. Lessons and accommodation are available here.

 

 

 

kitesurfing-in-cancun

 

 

Isla Holbox: 2 hours Northwest of Cancun

 

Isla Holbox is 12km long and 1.5km wide accessible by ferry from Chiquila. The island is separated from the mainland by a lagoon home to flamingos and other exotic birds and animals. The best wind is from November-May. The water is mostly shallow and flat suitable for both beginners and advanced riders. Both lessons and accommodation are available on the island.

 

 

Progreso: 3.5 hours Northwest of Cancun

 

Progreso is one of the windiest places in Mexico with the strongest winds from November-March. The water is shallow until about 100m out with a small shorebreak with small waves and chop depending on the speed of the wind. The north wind can be strong which creates bigger waves. You can view dolphins, go snorkeling or diving and visit beautiful cenotes when the wind isn’t blowing. Lessons and accommodation are available here.

 

 

El Cuyo: 2 hours Northwest of Cancun

 

El Cuyo offers one of the longest seasons for kitesurfing around Cancun Mexico. The season goes from February- July with winds around 18-23 knots. The water is shallow with lots of open space and uncrowded beaches perfect for downwinders and for learning. The water is generally flat, but the strong north winds can bring choppy/wavy conditions. Lessons and accommodation are available here.

 

 

Playa del Carmen: 1.5 hours South of Cancun

 

December-May is the best time to visit Playa del Carmen and is of the most popular kite spots in the Mayan Riviera. This spot has been a stop for the PKRA and has crystal clear, flat water and a short break depending on the wind speed and direction. Accommodation and lessons are available here.

 

 

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Tulum: 2 hours South of Cancun

 

The best time to visit Tulum is December-May. With a reef 800m offshore this is an amazing wave riding spot with waves up to 5m. The reef shelters the area close to the beach from swell creating flat/choppy water making it also a great place for learning. The winds blow around 12-25 knots. There are accommodation and lessons available here.

 

 

Cozumel: 3 hours South of Cancun

 

Cozumel is an island just South of Cancun. The best time for kitesurfing is from December to May and the island is also popular for diving and fishing. There are great waves spots to visit for downwinders and lessons and accommodation available.

 

In general, the kitesurfing spots around Cancun Mexico are shallow with flat/choppy conditions. About every two weeks a strong wind blows from the North up to 30 knots for 2-3 days straight.

 

This can create very choppy conditions and big waves to almost all the spots along the coast. During the North wind days a shorty wetsuit is recommended because the air is cold but the rest of the time no wetsuit is needed. The conditions at the Isla Blanca lagoon are still great as the water stays shallow and flat/choppy even in the strongest winds.

 

 

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Kitesurfing in Hawaii

The Hawaii Islands are home to almost every geographic formation, climate and terrain in the world. This fascinating archipelago attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world year after year. Explore the rainforests filled with breathtaking waterfalls or summit a mountain for magnificent views where rugged landscapes meet the turquoise blue ocean. The culture of Hawaii is very diverse with densely populated urban, metropolitan areas combined with wild rainforests and deserts.

 

The year-round trade winds attract windsurfers and kiteboarders from around the world, the main kitesurfing season in Hawaii is over summer months when the wind is most consistent. Kitesurfing is not allowed on all beaches in Hawaii through the ones that do have amazing conditions with options for beginner-advanced riders. The two main kitesurfing spots in Hawaii are on Maui and Oahu:

 

 

Kitesurfing in Maui, Hawaii

 

Maui is a prime kiteboarding destination with more windy days than almost anywhere else in the world. The water is warm and the wind is consistent from May through October and continues to blow throughout the year just less reliable. Though Maui is famous for its monster waves, there are great spots for a beginner, intermediate and advanced riders.

 

Kite Beach is the best and safest beach for learning on the north shore because there is a nice landing zone downwind in case learners fail to ride upwind. Other kiting locations on the north shore include: Ka’a Point (for expert riders only because of the turbulent wind shadow and rocky downwind obstacles), Flash Beach (great for advanced and intermediate riders but it has lots of downwind obstacles including people, windsurfers, and a shallow reef), Lanes & Ho’okipa (expert wave riders only, there are large waves with dangerous downwind obstacles).

 

There are many regulations and guidelines in place to keep kiters and non-kiters safe on the beach and on the water. Before visiting Maui, be sure to do your research and know the rules before you go. Most importantly, speak with the locals -kite schools are always helpful- to make sure you are aware of all the obstacles, dangers and rules. If you are unsure, take a lesson!

 

 

 

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Kepuhi Beach and Kaiaka Rock (Heiau site), Molokai Hawaii, by Rose Braverman. Source: Flickr.com

 

 

Kitesurfing in Oahu, Hawaii

 

Turtle Bay, North Shore Oahu, Hawaii, by Benjamin Zieber. Source: Flickr.com

 

Kailua Bay is the best kiteboarding beach on Oahu Island. It is a north facing bay on the southeast side of the island. The trade winds blow year round and can range from 15-35 knots coming from the ENE. This direction is a perfect side-onshore wind safe for kitesurfing. The Bay offers riding conditions for everyone including flatwater, waves and chop.

 

Like the beaches on Maui, there are rules and guidelines in place to keep the beach safe for swimmers, kiters and people enjoying other watersports. There is a large grassy area at the north end of the beach park for rigging. It is important to get all your gear ready before getting to the beach so you can launch straight away and get out and away from the swimming area. Kiteboarding is allowed anywhere on Oahu and the locals would like to keep it that way, so following the regulations is compulsory.

 

 

 

Kitesurfing Lessons in Hawaii

 

There is a large selection of schools to choose from, which makes Hawaii a great place to take kitesurfing lessons. As a beginner, lessons are necessary and with warm weather and consistent wind, Hawaii is a great place to learn. It is also suggested for advanced riders to take a lesson from a local instructor to get the know the spot, rules, and regulations, learn about the wind patterns as well as any obstacles at the spot. Hawaii also offers an incredible opportunity to learn and advance in wave kiteboarding. Here is a list of schools:

 

Hawaii is an amazing country to explore with wind throughout the year and a variety of no wind and outdoor recreation activities. Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, sightseeing, camping, surfing or just hanging out on the beach. Hop island to island exploring the diversity of the country or spend more time in one area. A Hawaiian kiteboarding vacation is great for beginners-advanced riders with conditions from flat water to large waves.

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Brazil’s gems – Kitesurfing in Cumbuco

The best season for kitesurfers to travel to Cumbuco is between August and December with steady side-shore winds between 18-26 knots every day, but July and January can still be promising.

 

 

Leave the wetsuit at home

 

It is a great place for beginners and experienced riders alike with many kite schools & good infrastructure around. The warm weather enables you to leave the wetsuit at home and ride in a lycra. Cumbucos’s beach is mostly wide and sandy but can get rather narrow at high tide.

 

 

Kitesurfing in Cumbuco

Watching the pros in the lagoon

 

 

A kitesurfer’s dream come true

 

Cumbuco probably is the best-known kiteboarding spot in all of Brazil and has reached worldwide fame for its kitesurfing qualities. Over six kilometers of sandy beach and steady trade winds speak for themselves.

 

The best way to get there is flying in via Fortaleza. From there it’s a 40-60 minute drive up north – so you can hop off an international flight and be at the beach in no time. How’s that for convenience? Cumbuco is a lively place with friendly locals, many restaurants, and a few bars, but if you want to go clubbing it’s better to head over to Fortaleza.

 

 

Start you kitesurfing journey here

 

It is such a consistent training location that you are likely to bump into many pro riders. So be prepared for the lagoon to be rather busy and also filled with swimmers and fishermen. Better to look at Cumbuco as the gate to your Brazilian kitesurfing adventures. The whole coast lies in front of you, so if you travel further up there are plenty of stellar kiting opportunities waiting for you. There is an endless number of lagoons and bays to be explored, most of them offering bed to board experiences.

 

 

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Beginners welcome

 

About 7 km downwind from the village center you’ll find Cauipe Lagoon – a flat freshwater lagoon that is located right on the beach. This is Cumbuco’s beginner’s heaven where most kite lessons are held. If you’re in for more action you’re better of heading to the north part of the beach. As often the best time to kite is early in the morning or at the end of the day when the wind goes down and bigger kites allow for relaxed sundowner sessions.

 

 

A great starting point for a downwind safari

 

If you’re already an intermediate or experienced rider and want to get to know Brazil’s coastal life with all its facets why not opt for one of the downwinders which this country is so famous for?

 

In six days you can go all the way from Cumbuco to Preá, exploring the coast of Ceará with its turquoise waters and sandy beaches. Once you reach Preá it’s only a short drive to Jericoacoara. The place has a special „edge-of-the-world“ feel to it, so make sure to factor in some extra time at the end of your trip before heading back to Fortaleza Airport.

 

 

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kiteboarding holidays in Morocco

Kitesurfing Holidays in Morocco

The trade winds bring year round winds to the Moroccan coast which are accelerated by a thermal effect over the summer months. The strongest and most reliable winds come between April- September. Any time of year is a good time for a kitesurfing holiday in Morocco which offers a trip itinerary for every style of traveller and kiteboarder.

 

Learn to kite or join a freestyle camp in the world famous Dakhla lagoon, stay in a beachfront riad in the ancient city of Essaouira and enjoy endless wave downwinders along the bay or venture on a week long kite and road trip between Essaouira and Dakhla explore untouched beaches, lagoons and traditional villages.

 

 

Dakhla

 

Dakhla is home to a 45km long flatwater lagoon, a freestyle paradise. This spot is suitable for all riding levels. It is perfect for learning and an amazing place to step up those freestyle skills. Just 30 mins from the lagoon is Oum Lamboiur, a wave spot so it’s great for surfing as well.

 

 

Essaouira

 

Essaouira is located on the northeast coast of Morocco offering both flatwater and wave riding. In Essaouira Bay the water is flat until about 100m out where the waves start to form. The best wave spots in the area are Sidi Kaouki and Moulay Bouzerktoun. The river mouth offers great flat water riding when the tide is high.

 

 

Agadir

 

Agadir is a 6km long bay about 200km south Essaouira. Depending on the tide, the beach is between 200-400m wide leaving plenty of space for launching and making it a safe location for learning. The waves range from small-large the whole year. Just 15 minutes south of Agadir is a secret flat water spot with nobody on the water.

 

 

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Kite Camps in Morocco

 

Kite camps are one of the most popular way to enjoy kitesurfing holidays in Morocco. Beginner-advanced kiteboarding camps are offered from both Dakhla and Essaouira which usually include a combination of the following services: accommodation, lessons/coaching, transfers (downwinders or to different spots, airport pick up etc), breakfast/meals and equipment rentals.

 

 

Freestyle Camps

 

Freeride camps are popular in the world famous Dakhla lagoon, designed for freestyle riders to learn new tricks including unhooking, big air, front and back rolls, kite loops, etc. Stay in a beachfront bungalow and spend your days improving your kiting by training your tricks during wakeboarding sessions, practicing yoga and taking part in daily progression clinics.

 

 

Beginner Camps

 

Beginner kite camps are offered in Essaouira, Agadir and Dakhla. Spend a week at the beach with a professional instructor and become an independent rider in no time. Stay in a beachfront bungalow just steps from the Dakhla lagoon, in a traditional riad in the centre of Essaouira or a magnificent hillside villa in Tamraght (Agadir area) with views of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

 

kiteboarding holidays in Morocco

Happy campers in Agadir

 

 

Wave Camps

 

Improve your wave riding to explore the waves for the first time. Morocco is home to some of the best wave riding in the world. The ocean side of Dakhla lagoon offers amazing wave riding as well as Essaouira and Agadir. Wave camps are available to help build and develop your skills with downwinders and spot transfers.

 

There are many amazing destinations for kitesurfing holidays in Morocco that it’s impossible to choose one. There are great spots for freestyle, wave riding and spots that offer both. Go for a kiteboarding road trip between Essaouira and Dakhla to find the most amazing, uncrowded and untouched spots in Morocco.

 

 

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Kitesurfing in La Ventana Mexico

La Ventana is a beautiful and unique destination on the southern tip of the Baja California Sur. With crystal clear, turquoise waters, a stunning mountain backdrop in the middle of the desert surrounded by cactus forests it is a place like nowhere else. The kitesurfing season in La Ventana, Mexico begins in November until March- the perfect compliment to the Northern kiteboarding season. During the season you will find many Canadians and Americans chasing the wind as it moves south and escaping the cold winter.

 

 

kiteboarding in La Ventana, Mexico

 

 

Kitesurfing Conditions

 

La Ventana is a big L-shaped bay with side onshore winds ensuring that no matter what happens you are always blown back to the beach and not out to sea. This makes it a very suitable location for beginners and a very safe location for all riders. The water is flat/choppy where the wind blows side shore and near the end of the bay when the wind starts to blow onshore small waves will form.

 

The temperatures are hot and sunny though it gets chilly at night. The water temperature is colder than those in southern Mexico- a 4/3mm wetsuit is recommended in the early/late season and during mid-season, a shorty or 3/2mm will do. The wind speed varies between 7m-12m kites.

 

 

Kiteboarding Schools

 

There are many kitesurfing schools in Mexico to choose from many of which offer storage right on the kite spot so you don’t have to worry about leaving your gear in the car.

 

 

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No Wind Activities

 

Yoga is a popular no wind activity, classes are held for around 150 pesos. Enjoy stand up paddleboarding, kayaking or snorkeling in the mornings before the wind picks up and the water is still flat, rent a mountain bike or join a mountain bike tour, go for a hike and explore the cactus forests or relax and have a professional massage.

 

Take a day trip to La Paz to swim with the whale sharks or go for a surf in El Cerrito. Todos Santos is a short drive away home to the famous Hotel California with small shops, cafes and local artists. La Ventana doesn’t have much nightlife, relax and have a drink with other travelers after a long day on the water and have an early night for another windy day.

 

 

Where to Stay

 

Budget travelers can stay in campgrounds or even better in accommodation right on the kite spot. La Ventana is the perfect holiday destination for kiteboarders beginner and advanced. The laid back and friendly atmosphere will make you feel at home with like-minded travelers and friendly locals. Spend a week, a month or the whole winter for an amazing holiday.

 

 

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Kitesurfing Through the Caribbean on a Catamaran

Why choose a kite cruise?

 

Better question, why not choose a kite cruise? Kite cruises are the ultimate kiteboarding holiday. Relax aboard a yacht in the hot, sunny and nicely windy Caribbean Sea sailing from kite spot to kite spot with not a worry in the world. Enjoy:

 

 

Uncrowded kite spots

 

Travelling by boat allows you to reach places that are not accessible by land leaving them untouched and uncrowded. Your captain and crew know their area inside and out and can take you the best spots depending on the wind direction, strength and riding style preference of their guests.

 

 

catamaran kitesurfing trips and packages

 

 

Kite a variety of conditions

 

The conditions vary from location to location. Likely the captain and crew know where to find the best wave spots and flat water spots depending on the preference of the guests onboard.

 

 

Downwind for days

 

Since there is no beach to get back to, some cruises allow you to downwind with the catamaran as it sails from destination to destination. Downwinders are the best progression sessions, where you can ride anywhere you want carefree! They are the perfect opportunity for learning new tricks or to ride strapless or a new style of riding without the worry of riding back upwind to where you started.

 

 

Explore endless spots

 

Sit back, relax and enjoy the view as let your captain and crew sail you from spot to spot. The yachts are spacious with lots of room for sunbathing, relaxing and moving around the cabin while the yacht sails. You can reach a multitude of incredible spots for kiteboarding in a short amount of time.

 

 

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Life on Board

 

MEALS: Depending on the charter and package you book meals are all inclusive with a chef on board. Others offer certain meals such as breakfast, lunch, and snacks, but ask you to purchase your dinner on land in Anchorage. These things are important to check when booking a cruise.

 

ANCHORAGES: During anchorages is your time to explore the islands and enjoy the local culture, cuisin, and nightlife. Anchorages are in protected areas away from ocean swell and can be close enough to swim to the beach. Kites can be launched from the catamaran or the beach.

 

 

Where cruises are offered in the Caribbean:

 

The Grenadines, St Martin, British Virgin Islands, Antigua & Barbuda, Union Island.

 

 

Alternative travel and kite options

 

Living aboard a boat with the same people for a week at a time is not a vacation for everyone. A kite safari is a great alternative as you still get the chance to travel around and explore new spots without having to live on a boat. The north coast of Colombia is an awesome place to join a kite safari because there are a ton of great spots not far from each other. There is also an opportunity for many downwinders (best for wave riding).

 

Traveling through the Caribbean on a kitesurfing catamaran is a trip that will last in your memories forever. Gather a group of friends to charter a private boat or go alone and make new friends onboard.

 

 

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What Are Brazil’s Best kitesurfing spots?

Actually, Brazil is one great kitesurfing spot, at least when we’re looking at the northern Ceará region. There is just so much to explore!

 

 

Where it all begins – Cumbuco

 

Cumbuco certainly is Brazil’s best-known kitesurfing spot. Once a small and out-of-the-way fishing community it now is one of the world’s most famous kiteboarding spots known for turquoise waters, sandy beaches, great infrastructure, steady winds and its lovely people. Over six kilometers of sandy beach and steady trade winds speak for themselves. The best way to get there is flying in via Fortaleza.

 

From there it’s a 40-60 minute drive up north – so you can hop off an international flight and be at the beach in no time. How’s that for convenience? Cumbuco is a lively place with friendly locals, many restaurants, and a few bars, but if you want to go clubbing it’s better to head over to Fortaleza.

 

 

Brazil kitesurfing spots

Enjoying the flat water logoons

 

 

Heading east – Barra Nova

 

Sandy beaches with lots of space to launch and land your kite. That’s Barra Nova, a kiteboarding paradise with steady winds from August to December. A secluded place that can easily be reached by car or bus from Fortaleza Airport, Barra Nova offers a lagoon with nice flat water, shallow areas and waves on the ocean side. It’s a classic beach to board spot!

 

 

Wild wild west – say Hi to Jeri

 

Jericoacoara, or short Jeri as the locals call it, has a unique „end-of-the-world“ feeling to it and is definitely worth a visit. This remote fisher village has grown to accustom windsurfers and kiteboarders alike and offers a nice mix of bars, restaurants, and a beachy flair. It’s a lively, colorful place build on dunes and if there’s something this place doesn’t lack its sand.

 

Jeri’s own beach is better left to the locals and rather experienced kitesurfers as the wind often comes in gusty and blows mainly side-offshore. For better kitesurfing conditions it is recommended to travel the 15km up the coast to Preá where you’ll find a wide sandy beach and the wind is mainly side-onshore. Guriú and Tatajuba are also worth a trip with mainly sideshore winds.

 

 

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A new star is born – Atins

 

Far up west and quite a trip from Fortaleza this is still more of an insider. Atins is the new star under the Brazilian kite spots. Kiting between white sand dunes with flat water pools will blow your mind. Winds are steady between July and January thanks to the trade winds and thermal effects created by the dunes. Sandbars and the river mouth guarantee a great flat water experience with the option to catch some waves out on the ocean. Just keep in mind to check the tide calendar.

 

 

An all-time favorite – Brazil’s downwinders

 

Brazil is famous for its downwinders. If you’re up for it and start in Cumbuco you can keep heading up the coast for one to two weeks while covering more than 600 km. Shorter downwinders take you from Cumbuco to Jeri or from Jeri to Atins. If you can, factor in a visit to Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.

 

 

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Kitesurfing in Dakhla

Dakhla, Morocco is home to some world class kiteboarding conditions. Whether you are a wave rider, freestyle addict or a beginner, Dakhla has something for you. The wind blows dawn til dusk with beautiful sunsets, amazing food and tons of travellers to enjoy the evenings with. The Dakhla peninsula is located on the edge of the Western Sahara, sheltering a 45km long lagoon from the Atlantic Ocean creating a flat water freestyle paradise. Along with amazing flat water conditions, Dakhla also offers some of the worlds best wave riding, some only accessible by 4×4 or through a local kite schools often offering camps and day trips.

 

 

Wind and Weather

 

Kitesurfing in Dakhla is possible the whole year with wind blowing between 19-25 knots and up to 30 knots over the summer (July-August). The air temperature is around 25 degrees C (77F) in the summer and 22 degrees C (72F) in the winter. The nights get cool so it is important to bring warm clothes. The water temperature ranged between 16 and 20 degrees, a 2/3mm or 3/4mm wetsuit is recommended.

 

 

kitesurfing in Dahkla

Kitesurfing at Dahkla’s dune spot

 

 

Kite Camps: Beginner-Advanced

 

Kite camps are one of the most popular ways to enjoy kitesurfing in Dakhla. In general, camps will include a variation of services including a combination of: accommodations, lessons/coaching, meals, no-wind activities, downwinders and transfers. Camp are offered to beginner kite surfers as well as advanced. The lagoon is a perfect place for learning as the water is flat with waist deep conditions depending on the tide. Advanced riders can choose between freestyle/flat water camps or wave camps designed to help you progress and develop your skills.

 

 

Lodging and Accommodations

 

There are a variety of accommodation styles and options depending on budget and preference. Choose between private or shared beachfront bungalows, a room in a shared beach house or book a camping spot right out front of the lagoon.

 

 

Kite and Surf Road Trip

 

Explore the Moroccan coast from Essaouria to Dakhla for an unforgettable journey experiencing secret kitespots with some of the worlds best waves and flat water lagoons. Sleep in small villages along the way experiencing the traditional Moroccan culture and visiting ancient civilization.

 

 

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No Wind Activities

 

Though it is rare that the wind ever stops, there are a few no wind activities to enjoy. Go kayaking, take out an SUP, practice your wakestyle in the cable park, skate the pump track, slackline or play a game of beach soccer. Explore Dakhla: check out the local markets, have dinner at a local restaurant or visit a cafe for some traditional Moroccan tea. Join a 4×4 excursion to Imlilli, through the dunes and desert- you sure to see some camels along the way!

 

Enjoy a relaxing kiteboarding vacation in a beachfront bungalow, sign up for a kite camp: waves, freestyle or beginner, or join a week long intensive kite and surf road trip 1500km along the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Kitesurfing in Dakhla is suitable for beginner-advanced riders and offers a vacation style for everyone.

 

 

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