Kiteboarding is gaining more and more popularity, but what could be better than learning how to kite under Brazil’s sun? Steady winds and warm water make for excellent learning conditions and a very promising kitesurfing holiday. Quite a nice change to Europe’s winter and the everlasting wetsuit season.
Enjoying the incredible sunset
Best learning conditions
Brazil offers steady and reliable trade winds from August to December or even longer, depending on where you travel to. Being one of the best kite locations worldwide it will spoil you with shallow water, endless beaches, perfect waves and sunshine all day long. Not to forget the unique Brazilian lifestyle which will allow you to fall out of bed and straight on your board once you get a hang of it.
Versatility at its best
Whether you’ve just started practicing water starts, you are working on your first jumps or you want to learn how to ride strapless – Brazil has it all. There are plenty of schools to help you take your riding to the next level. All you have to do is put on your sunscreen, pick a lagoon and one of the lovely pousadas right at the beachfront.
A unique experience
A trip to Brazil ain’t complete without a downwinder. It’s the classic thing to do once you have gained some experience and feel confident kiteboarding in open water. The Brazilian coast is famous for its downwinders and there are plenty of options to choose from. Whether you start in Barra Nova, Cumbuco or Jericoacoara is up to you and how far you want to go. There is more than 600 km of coastline to cover.
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Dive straight into your adventure
If you can’t wait to get started Cumbuco might be a good choice. Located less than an hours drive from Fortaleza Airport your kitesurfing holiday can start pretty much right after you have left the plane and picked up your suitcase. Cumbuco most certainly is Brazil’s best-known kitesurfing spot. Once known as a small fishing community it now is one of the world’s most famous kiteboarding spots known for its 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. It is a lively place with friendly locals, many restaurants, and quite a few funky bars as well.
Looking for a special experience
Ever dreamed of a far off, stunning beach to get into kitesurfing? Then look no further, Brazil’s northwestern coast might be just the place for you. Sandbars, turquoise water, steady winds and beautiful sand dunes next to inviting flat water lagoons is pretty much what you should expect when heading up to Jeri, Preá or as far as Atins to take in Brazil’s stunning nature and relaxing lifestyle. So what are you waiting for? Grab your bag, book a flight and don’t forget to pack plenty of sunscreens for a kitesurfing trip to remember.
Sicily is a world of its own when it comes to kiteboarding. With a warm, Mediterranean climate and clear, warm water, it’s a mecca for those wanting the full Italian experience while riding in a variety of conditions. Sicily has a variety of spots for all types of riders – no matter if you’re into foiling, small wave riding, or riding a twin tip.
If you’re looking to kitesurf in Sicily, you won’t be disappointed. These are the top spots you must visit.
Lo Stagnone is a one of Europre’s largest flatwater lagoon with enough room for kiteboarders of all abilities. The water is flat, shallow all throughout the lagoon, and thermal winds blow consistently from March to October. Lo Stagnone is one of the best destinations to learn thanks to the active kitesurf community, warm weather, and variety of kitesurfing schools to choose from. With 300 windy days per year, there’s not much more you could ask for from a flatwater kite spot.
Butter flat sessions in Lo Stagnone
Puzziteddu (Campobello di Mazara)
For centuries, Puzziteddu has been a village that was only known to and inhabited by fishermen. It was only in the past few decades that kitesurfers ventured to this unknown spot in search of prime kitesurfing terrain. This spot is for intermediate kitesurfers only, thanks to two- to three-meter waves and rocky coastline (though there is a school for gung-ho beginners). This is also a popular spot among windsurfers.
Mondello is often what people imagine when they hear of kitesurfing in the Mediterranean. Its white sand beaches and shallow, flat or choppy water make for prime kiteboarding no matter what your ability is. Mondello set on the city of Palermo, one of the cultural and gastronomical hubs of Sicily that will no doubt be on your itinerary, aside from kiteboarding. As a tip, avoid Mondello during July and August if you want to avoid dodging swimmers and tourists covering the beach.
Pozzalo and Santa Maria del Focallo
This area of Sicily is riddled with kitesurf schools and rental shops thanks to its wide beach that spans over 5 kilometers long. While you might find crowds at the other kitesurfing spots in Sicily, Italy, you’ll likely have a large stretch of Pozzalo or Santa Maria del Focallo all to yourself.
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Panama Beach in Butera is home to an IKO registered kite school and once hosted a kitesurfing festival. The sandy wide beaches offer plenty of space to launch and land while you kite over flat to choppy water. The water can be completely flat or as big as two meters, depending on the conditions. You can expect consistent wind that blows from 15 to 25 knots with occasional gusts.
Another wonderful all-around kitesurfing spot in Sicily, Tremestieri is much less popular than its neighboring spots. However, if you want a spot with consistent wind that’s close to the city of Messina, you’re best option for kiteboarding is making the short journey to Tremestieri. Expect a small pebble beach, consistent thermal winds that can blow from morning until night, and a handful of freestyle kiters as company on any given day.
Known best for its chilled island vibes and sunny tourist beaches, Fuerteventura is a popular destination for travelers of all kinds- but of course we know it best for its pumping wind and fantastic sandy kite beaches.
Let’s look in more detail at the season for kiteboarding in Tarifa; we’ll tell you when and where you can kitesurf as well as the best time of year to go.
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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Top tips to know about the kitesurfing season in Fuerteventura
You can go kiteboarding in Fuerteventura practically all year round
Although it’s true that the summer months are the most popular and predictable wind-wise, it’s possible to kitesurf in Fuerteventura from late autumn to early spring as well. The summer months bring strong, stable wind and warm, pleasant weather which is why that time of year is so popular amongst kitesurfers. During the winter, the wind power drops considerably and can be quite unpredictable, and at the same time the waves get much bigger and the air becomes colder. Despite these factors, the locals kite at various different spots throughout the winter season as well, so if you’re dying for a winter session you know Fuerteventura is an option (an especially good one if you’re also keen to complement your kiting days with some surfing).
Windsurfers and kitesurfers riding together in Fuerteventura
May through October is the most popular season for kitesurfing in Fuerteventura
Thanks to the lovely summer weather, the warm water temperatures, and consistent blowing of the trade winds, these months are pretty much considered to be the high season for kitesurfing in Fuerteventura. Expect the wind to blow anywhere between 15-28 knots depending on the spot. Average water temperatures hover around 20 or 21 degrees, meaning you won’t need a wetsuit either.
Beat the crowds by visiting early or late in the season
Spain’s high tourism season hits around mid June and lasts through the end of August. Fuerteventura can get pretty packed during this time, and that goes for space on the beaches, in the hotels, and in the towns. A lot of people prefer to visit when it’s a bit less busy, so if you’re one of those people you’d be best off heading there around April/May or September/October.
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.
What kind of holiday suits me best?
When it comes to vacationing, everyone is different! Some people want to kick back and relax and others want a full on, non-stop adventure. Some people like to have their whole trip planned for them, while others like to go with the flow. Egypt is a beautiful country with warm weather and plenty of activities to enjoy and places to explore with a possible vacation for anyone to enjoy.
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I don’t like planning…
If you don’t enjoy planning and want to enjoy a hassle and stress free trip with all planning done (including accommodation, transfers, gear rental, etc), a kite camp is for you! Join in on a week long kite camp perfect for solo travellers, couples and groups. Explore Egypt from the eyes of a local and spend your days on the water learning to kitesurf or progressing your skills with a professional instructor.
Kite cruises are also a popular vacation style for those who are no into planning and Egypt is the perfect destination. Hop on board a motor or sailing yacht and travel from spot to spot guided by your on-board captain. Enjoy amazing kiting in uncrowded spots, downwinders and beautiful sailing through the Red Sea and Hurghada area.
Exploring amazing kite spots in the Red Sea
I like to go with the flow…
If you are not into pre-planned trips, opt for private accommodation. You are free to kite all day, relax all day or head out to explore Ancient Egyptian culture. The days are yours to spend as you choose and you can create the perfect kiteboarding holiday in Egypt for yourself. Enjoy and explore different areas of the country. You can find amazing beachfront accommodations in Dahab, Blue Lagon, Wadi Lahami, El Gouda, Soma Bay, Safaga and around the Hurghada area all with kiting at your doorstep.
Never fear if there is a no wind day (which is rare in Egypt). Set out on an adventure and explore the desert mountains or head to Luxor, an ancient Egyptian town rich in history and the site of extraordinary temples and pharaoh tombs.
Go snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, join an ATV excursion into the desert or practice your freestyle skills in El Gouda’s cable park.
Make the most of your kitesurfing holiday in Egypt and choose a vacation that best suits your lifestyle. Join an action pack kite camp, explore the amazing kite spots of the Red Sea on a kite cruise or create your own adventure.
Since there are so many of them, choosing a kitesurfing school in the Caribbean can be a hard decision. In order to choose a place to learn you first need to decide what sort of holiday you are looking for and what you would like to learn. Do you want to relax with a pina colada on the beach after kitesurfing or do you want to have a non-stop action holiday? Are you traveling alone or with friends? Are you a beginner or are you an advanced rider?
Relaxing beach holiday
No matter which kitesurfing school in the Caribbean you choose, relaxing on the beach after a kite session is always an option. Some kite spots are secluded from the “luxury” Caribbean, so if you are interested in beachfront pampering to be sure to research the exact kite location before booking your vacation.
Kiteboarding in Orient Bay
If you’re one of those that just can’t sit still, you’ll want to choose a location which offers other activities outside of kiteboarding. Cabarete, Dominican Republic is full of adventure and outdoor activities including waterfall jumping, circus training, surfing, diving, snorkeling, mountain biking and great nightlife. There are numerous schools scattered along kite beach with local and international instructors.
Joining a kite cruise with an onboard instructor would be an awesome combination of learning and adventure. You will get the chance to explore different islands, kite a lot, snorkel, dive, party at night and relax on board.
For advanced riders
In kiteboarding, there is always something new to learn and there are a ton of awesome instructors out there who will help you push your limits and progress to the next level. Some kitesurfing schools cater to only beginners, but as the sport grows more and more schools are offering advanced lessons. Learn to ride strapless, surf the waves, ride a foil or advance your freestyle technique.
Camps and safaris are great learning opportunities for advanced riders. Colombia offers some of the best wave riding conditions in the Caribbean, this is a great place to join a wave camp whether you are new to wave riding or already experienced.
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Kitesurfing is a great sport for solo travelers because the community is so welcoming and friendly. Almost any destination is suitable if you are going solo, though some of the more secluded areas will have less people to interact with. Cruises, camps, and safaris are perfect for meeting new people as well as destinations with amazing nightlife such as Cabarete, Barbados or the BVIs.
Before choosing a kitesurfing school in the Caribbean, be sure to decide what kind of holiday you would like to have. Once you have found a suitable destination you can then choose a school in the area. As a beginner flat waters are the easiest learning conditions, though don’t base your decision on that because learning in chop/waves is entirely possible too.
The Caribbean is known for its laid-back atmosphere, warm weather and delicious rum punch making the Caribbean a popular vacation destination for tourists around the world. The trade winds blow strong and consistent through the Caribbean Islands predominantly in the winter and summer months making it also an amazing kiteboarding destination. On some islands such as Aruba and Venezuela, the wind is kiteable through the entire year.
The water is warm, the air is hot and the wind is consistently making the islands some of the best and most enjoyable for learning. Here is a list of great destinations in the Caribbean for learning:
St Martin is an awesome place to learn whether you are an expert looking to advance your skills or a brand new rider. There is flat water which is best for learning as well as learning new tricks, a reef break which offers an amazing opportunity to learn to ride a surfboard in the waves and deep water for foil lessons. The wind blows an average of 15 knots year round, perfect for learning!
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Cartagena is on the north coast of Colombia with strong onshore and crosses onshore winds every day like clockwork. The best season is from mid-December to end of April, this wind still blows the rest of the year but not as consistently. This place is so great for learning because the water is shallow (but deep enough for safe learning conditions) and flat with wide open spaces with no obstacles such as swimmers, rocks or corals.
La Ventana, Mexico
La Ventana on the south-east tip of the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico. The best time of year to visit is October-April when the winds blow from the North. The water is flat with small chop- easy conditions for learning. The winds blow side onshore and since the bay is L-shaped, the bottom of the bay acts as a big safety net and you will always end up on the beach and not out to sea. The water is colder here so a thin 3/2mm wetsuit is recommended.
Los Roques, Venezuela
Los Roques is a unique location because it is located outside the Caribbean hurricane zone, meaning the kite season is almost the entire year. The best and windiest months are late December-June. The Roques are a group of small islands creating a kitesurfing paradise with wide open spaces and flat water which make it so great for beginners.
Learning to jump strapless
The above destinations mentioned are not the only places to learn in the Caribbean. Lessons are available at almost any kiteboarding spot including Dominican Republic, Aruba, British Virgin Islands, Union Island, Turks and Caicos, Cayman Islands, The Grenadines, Bonaire and Cuba.
As a beginner, uncrowded areas are the best and most comfortable areas for learning. Early and late season are the least crowded times for tourists and generally still have good wind days. The winds may be lighter in the early and late season and with lighter wind brings less choppy waters. Though these times make learning a more comfortable experience, learning with an instructor in strong winds and crowded areas can help you become a more confident rider in varying conditions. There are pros and cons of learning in early/late season or in peak season though no matter what you choose you will have the time of your life.
As far as learning conditions go, the Caribbean has some of the best. Hot, sunny weather and warm, flat waters. Learn kitesurfing Caribbean style!
Mexico has always been a popular winter getaway destination. All inclusive beachfront resorts combined with hot sunny weather bring a herd of American tourists each year escaping the cold North. Mexico is an amazing country to explore, rich in culture, history and fascinating landscapes.
Explore wild-western desert in the north, the white sand beaches and Mayan ruins in the south and experience traditional festivities and ancient architecture throughout the country. Mexico is not lacking vibrant nightlife with nightclubs, parties and music.
Kiteboarding is a growing sport in Mexico with more and more people visiting with watersports in mind each year. Mexico has a lot of coast bringing a ton of great kitesurfing spots throughout the country. Here are some of the best kitesurfing spots Mexico:
Amazing wind and perfect views along the Mexican coast
Isla Blanca: November-June
Isla Blanca is located in Yucatan on the eastern tip of Mexico (about 25 mins North of Cancun). The flatwater lagoon is large and shallow- about waist deep, making at the perfect place to learn as well as progress in freestyle. The lagoon is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, which is also kiteable and any wind direction is suitable for riding. Isla Blanca is very peaceful and a perfect getaway from the partying and all inclusive resorts in Cancun.
Other activities include snorkeling kayaking, day trips to Cancun, SUP, a trip to the El Meco ruins or to Isla Mujeres.
La Ventana: November-March
La Ventana is located at the South of the Baja California Sur surrounded with stunning and unique landscapes. The water is a deep turquoise blue with a mountain backdrop in the middle of a white sand desert and cactus forest. Unlike the south of Mexico, the water is cold enough to require a wetsuit (4/3mm is recommended though mid-season a shorty will do the trick). The spot is beginner friendly with flat water/chop that can turn into small waves when the wind blows strong.
There is not much nightlife in La Ventana, but some no wind activities include: swimming with whale sharks in La Paz, taking a yoga class, SUP, kayaking, go surfing in El Cerrito or join a mountain bike tour.
El Cuyo: February-July
El Cuyo is located on the northeast coast in Yucatan about 2 hours from Cancun. The conditions vary depending on the strength of the wind. The water is shallow and flat though as the wind increases it becomes choppy and can become large swell. The conditions are suitable for all levels and riding styles from surfing to freestyle and winds can range between 15-25 knots.
When you aren’t kiting enjoy SUP, watching the flamingos and manta rays, visit the pink lagoons in Las Coloradas, the Mayan ruins in Ek Balam or swim in the magnificent Samula cenote.
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Playa del Carmen: December-May
Playa del Carmen is a beautiful beachside city in the heart of the Mayan Riviera about 45 mins south of Cancun. The water is crystal clear and most of the time flat. When the strong north winds come in the water becomes choppy and can become large waves. Conditions are suitable for beginners, though when the waves increase, it is recommended to go North to Isla Blanca.
For party goers, the bars and nightclubs are only a block away from the beach often with live music and parties. The ferry heading to Cozumel leaves from Playa del Carmen, or enjoy snorkeling, go on a jungle ATV tour, go fishing, skydiving or swim with the whale sharks.
Mexico is full of other great kitesurfing spots including: Progreso, Bucerias, Riviera Nayarit, Tulum, Cozumel, Los Barriles, Punta Abreojos, Puerto Vallarta, Salina Cruz, Costa Esmeralda, Ciudad del Carmen
Whether you are looking to relax, rejuvenate and explore or party all week long, Mexico has something for you.
Kiteboarding camps are an amazing way to enjoy a kite holiday. They offer a stress free, all organized vacation with local professionals who can show you the best spots in the area. In general camps offer a combination of the following services: accomodations, lessons/coaching, transfers (airport and spot transfers), breakfast/meals, gear rentals and no wind activities.
The are camps for beginners and camps designed for advanced riders with freestyle or wave coaching. Morocco has many amazing kitesurfing spots with camp options for everyone- learn from the beginning, spice up your freestyle tricks in Dakhlas world class flatwater lagoon, or learn to surf the waves along the Atlantic coast.
Morocco has amazing learning conditions with consistent, reliable wind and calm waters. Dakhla is home to one of the worlds largest kiteboarding lagoons with endless flatwater and wind the whole year. Stay in a beachfront bungalow where you can sit back, relax and watch the dolphins from a windless terrace. Spend your evenings mingling with other campers and travellers who have come from all over the world to experience Dakhla’s world class conditions.
Essaouira is also a great beginner spot with great wind and a flat water lagoon. Experience true Moroccan culture while staying in a traditional riad in the old town (la Medina). The town is about a 10 minute walk from the kite spot with everything you need accessible by foot. Spend a week learning to kite and exploring the old towns art galleries, markets and trying local cuisine.
Agadir is another one of Morocco’s best kiteboarding destinations. It is mainly a wave spot, though there is a secret flat water spot and beginner camps are offered here. Stay in a hillside cottage with an ocean view in the town of Tamraght, with easy access to multiple kites spots in the Agadir area. Experience local cafes and restaurants nearby as well as accessible shops for everyday needs.
First board starts in Agadir
Although Morocco is most famously known for Dakhla’s enormous flat water lagoon, the Atlantic coast is home to some of the best wave kitesurfing and surfing in the world. Joining a wave kitesurf camp in Morocco is a great way to learn to ride in waves as well as progress and perfect your wave riding.
Stay in the small town of Tamraght for access to some of the worlds best surf spots located in the Agadir area. Camps are available with locals to assess the wind conditions and guide you to the best spots depending on the wind and waves. They will also coach you whether you are just beginning to ride in waves or are looking for a few tips here and there.
Essaouira has great spots for expert wave riders as well as newbies. Stay in a traditional riad in the central town full of unique art galleries and delicious cuisine. Explore several uncrowded and untouched kite spots only accessible by 4×4 with unbelievable wave riding. Improve your skills on downwinders with the support of an instructor.
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Freestyle kitesurf camps in Morocco are perfect for intermediate riders as well as advanced riders. Taking lessons and pushing yourself is the best way to keep kiteboarding fun and exciting. Stay in a beachfront bungalow right on the Dakhla lagoon with a group of like minded travellers. Spend your days kiteboarding and learning new tricks and spend the evenings with a yoga class, then having a drink on the balcony while watching the sunset.
Whether you have never tried kiteboarding before, you want to try a new riding style or step your riding up a notch, a kitesurf camp in Morocco is for you.
Spending every day at the beach, chasing the wind around a crazy new part of the world, connecting with other awesome kiters from all walks of life- and (maybe the most appealing part of all) packing away your daily stresses in favour of some serious water hours.
Sound like a dream, doesn’t it?
Portugal is a brilliant destination for a kitesurfing holiday thanks to its reliable Nortada wind, diverse riding conditions, seriously good local food, (relatively) cheap cost, and vibrant culture.
It’s also a handy choice for those in the Eurozone, since you won’t have to factor in currency exchange costs, and- big brownie points for this one- it’s also super convenient to access the country’s best kite spots from the airport in Lisbon- the closest of which is just a short half hour ride away.
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Things to Know about Kitesurfing in Portugal
Season: May through October, peaking in the summer months
Water temperature: During the high season, water temperatures hover around the early 20’s so a shorty should be perfect. Throughout the rest of the year you’ll want a full length 2-3 mm (even thicker in the winter).
Water conditions: Portugal is famous for its wave riding. It’s home to the legendary break, Nazare, as well as a scattering of other world class rollers and rippers. That having been said, wave riding isn’t the only kind of kiting you can get up to in Portugal; there’s also a handful of great flat water lagoons and easy going ocean chop. Waves are generally easier going during the summer months, picking up in force and size during the winter.
Tips for beginner kiteboarders considering a Portugal kitesurfing holiday
It can seem daunting to look at a location like Portugal with its monster-sized waves at every turn, but rest assured there’s something here for everyone- including total beginners.
Scour around for a location that’s got a flat water option (either a lagoon or a sheltered part of the sea/ocean). Identify places that offer learning camps and beginner friendly courses, and pick accordingly.
Amazing conditions for learning in Lagoa de Óbidos
Seriously good kitesurfing spots in Portugal to consider:
If North Portugal is on your radar, Esposende should be at the top of your list. A quiet part of the rural Portuguese countryside, Esposende’s kitesurfing conditions offer a stellar combo of waves to surf and kite on and flat water options for beginners, freeriders, and wake style riding.
Located just half an hour away from Lisbon, Guincho is easily one of Portugal’s best kiteboarding locations. On top of that, it’s also got the most reliable wind in the whole country.
This is big wave territory- and certainly not for the faint of heart! One great thing about Peniche is that there are so many different kitable spots in a pretty small area- perfect for road trips and kite tours.
Lagoa de Obidos:
This is where you’ll find Portugal’s biggest flat water lagoon (ideal for beginners). It’s a really popular choice for kiters who come from abroad for a short kitesurfing holiday- which makes it a super place to meet people and kite in a social setting.
Lagos & Alvor:
One of Portugal’s most famous kitesurfing spots, Lagos’ Meia Praia Beach combined with the neighbouring Alvor Lagoon offer the ultimate mix of open ocean and butter flat lagoon riding. Great for beginners, but also a popular choice for intermediate and advanced riders.
Whether you are looking for an adventure filled holiday or a laid-back beach vacation the U.S. has a destination for you. Explore the nature and mountains in Hood River or Hawaii, hang out on the Miami or South Padre Beaches or explore the world-famous San Francisco. You will find wind somewhere at any time of the year with a variety of conditions for riding. Smack some waves on the west coast, shred some flat water on South Padre and be sure to check out a slider park in Hatteras or Hood River.
Hatteras Island, North Carolina
Hatteras Island has quickly become one of the most well-known kiteboarding spots in the United States with possibly the most consistent and reliable winds in the country. The geological structure of the island makes it kiteable in any wind direction with a flat water lagoon on one side and ocean wave riding on the other. Though the island is small, there are plenty of spots to choose from with different riding conditions. Stay awhile and join a beginner or advanced kite camp to learn and progress your skills. You don’t have to miss a breath of wind because there is beachfront accommodation available for every taste- beach cottages, motels, bed & breakfast options as well as campsites.
The south side of Cape Hatteras (known as “The South Side”) offers great wave riding sessions when the wind blows from the SW- mainly in the spring or from the W later in the season. Salvo Day Use Area is perfect for beginners and intermediate riders, this area is on the lagoon side with flat, waist deep water, great with NW and SW winds. The Slick is an amazing freestyle spot with butter flat water no matter the wind speed. It is best on an SW wind and here you will find the pros throwing huge tricks or hitting sliders in the slider park.
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Hood River, Oregon is an outdoor adventurers dream come true. Go kiteboarding, mountain biking, hiking and even glacier skiing all in the same day! Stay in accommodations downtown Hood River for easy access to the shops, cafes and outdoor activities. The sandbar is the main kiteboarding spot with flat water close to shore and choppy conditions the further offshore you ride. The wind funnels through the Gorge bringing reliable winds through the summer, which can be anywhere between light wind to nuking and sometimes gusty. The season begins in May through until August. The water temperatures are cold early season as the snow is melting but build through the season to a high of 72 degrees F (22 degrees C). Riding in a bikini/boardshorts is possible but at least a shorty wetsuit is recommended.
You can launch from Stevenson (Western Gorge), Hood River Sandbar (Central Gorge) or Rufus (Eastern Gorge). Be sure to check out the world famous slider park or head to the Oregon coastline, about 50 mins drive from Hood River for some epic wave riding.
Miami is another popular kiteboarding destination located in southern Florida with year-round winds. The tradewinds kick in in early winter with the most consistent and reliable winds between November and April. The hurricane season runs from July-September bringing strong winds and massive waves. Miami is the most populated area of Florida state bringing hundreds of thousands of beachgoers to the nearby beaches. Many rules and regulations have been put in place around kiteboarding to make the beach a safe place for everyone. Before going kitesurfing in Miami, it’s important to do your research and know all the rules before you go.
There are three main kitesurfing spots in Miami: Miami Beach has some great wave riding. The lifeguards expect kiters to stay out of the swim areas so intermediate-advanced skills are recommended. Crandon Park requires riders to be level 3+ IKO certified, there is a year or day fee which requires you to sign a waiver and read all the rules before launching. The water is beautiful blue with flat water conditions. Matheson Hammock Park is suitable to beginner-advanced riders with flat waters perfect for learning and freestyle. There are strict rules here for launching as well as on the water.
There is an abundance of budget and luxury hotels to choose from scattered along the Miami beachfront. Miami will keep you busy with wind or no wind. Visit alone or with friends, Miami’s kite beaches bring together kiters from around the world.
Other kiteboarding spots in Florida include: Jupiter, the Florida Keys, Florida Panhandle, Panama City, Big Beach and North Beach in the Tampa Bay area, Sanibel Island Lighthouse, Naples, Marco Island.
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San Francisco has wind all year round, though the best wind comes May-October when the weather gets warmer and the thermal winds kick in. There are a variety of spots to ride for different ability levels with some only suitable for advanced riders. There is great kiting in the Bay Area, Sherman Island and along the south coast.
Bay Area, San Francisco
One of the most popular spots is Crissy Field with world-class riding conditions for kite surfers as well as windsurfers. This spot is for advanced riders only as there are strong currents and boat traffic is heavy including large cargo ships. Pt. Emery, Berkeley is a great spot when the conditions are right, though riders need to be able to stay upwind to avoid beach and water obstacles, so this is not a beginner area. Crowne Beach, Alameda is an amazing riding spot for all riding levels- beginners are welcome with the mild riding conditions and a safe downwind exit point. Third Avenue, Foster City requires riders to head upwind to avoid obstacles, though there is a small exit point downwind. Intermediate skills are recommended.
Sherman Island has always been a popular windsurfing spot and has quickly become a well-known kitesurfing spot with multiple kite schools in the area. The weather is warm and the winds are predictable during the summer months. The nearest accommodations are 20 mins away, though camping is available on the spot.
South Coast Wave Riding
If you are looking for some killer waves, the California coast is the place for you. Check out Arroya Laguna, County Line, C-Street Ventura, Tourmaline San Diego, Waddell Creek.
Maui and Oahu, Hawaii
Hawaii is a world famous kite and windsurfing destination with some of the most consistent wind and wave conditions on the planet. The wind blows through the whole year but the most consistent and reliable months are May-October. The two main kiteboarding spots are located on Maui and Oahu with winds blowing from the ENE between 15-35 knots creating perfect side onshore conditions for the north coast.
There are four main kite spots on Maui each offering different riding conditions. Kite beach is the best spot for beginners because if you fail to ride upwind, there is a safe exit point downwind of the launch site. Ka’a Point is for expert riders only because there are turbulent wind shadow and rocky downwind obstacles, Flash Beach is great for advanced and intermediate riders but it has lots of downwind obstacles including people, windsurfers, and a shallow reef. Finally, Lanes & Ho’okipa are suitable for expert wave riders only because of the large waves and dangerous downwind obstacles.
Kailua Bay is the main kiteboarding spot on Oahu offering conditions for every riding style. There is a grassy rigging area at the north end of the park. Having your gear ready to launch before heading down to the beach prevents congestion on the beach and lowers the risk of accidents with the public on the beach. All kite beaches in Hawaii have strict rules and regulations in place to keep the beaches a fun and safe place for kiters, beachgoers and other water sports enthusiasts. Following these rules will ensure that kiteboarding continues to be allowed on the Hawaiian beaches.
South Padre Island, Texas
South Padre Island is another year-round kitesurfing paradise with warm weather, warm water and consistent winds averaging 17 knots. March-July is the most consistent months when the thermal winds kick in. Hurricane season starts in August through October bringing less reliable conditions but still many great riding days. When the northerly winds blow the wind speeds can pick up to 35 knots so bring all your kites!
The island runs north to south and is less than a mile wide creating amazing wave conditions on one side and butter flat, shallow water on the other. There is 15 miles of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico offering insane wave downwinders where the waves can reach head height. There are a variety of accommodation options suited to every traveler and budget.
There are many kite spots along the coast and along Laguna Madre Bay. Dolphin Point and Boca Chica are great for riding the hurricane swells as the waves wrap around the jetties creating clean sets. The South Flats are best in north winds with flat and shallow water through a wind shadow is created when the wind blows from the south. The North Flats are similar to the South with shallow, flat water conditions but are suitable in all wind directions. These two locations are the best and safest for beginner riders and also great for freestyle riding. The race flats are similar to the North and South Flats and are suitable in all wind directions with flat water on one side and access to the Gulf of Mexico on the other. This is accessible with a 4×4 only. Holly Beach is located on the mainland, perfect for summer riding in the southeasterly winds but not suitable in north winds.
Like many of the other locations, there are rules and regulations around kiteboarding which are important to know before heading to the beach. Check with local kite schools and other kiters before heading out on the water.
Lessons for Beginners or Advanced Kiteboarders
Every popular kite spot in the USA will offer kiteboarding lessons, beginner-advanced. Learn from the beginning, learn to ride waves or progress your freestyle. Taking a lesson from a certified instructor or pro athlete is always a great way to keep progressing and having fun. Often schools will offer kiteboarding packages or camps to help make learning more affordable.
The United States is an amazing country to visit at any time of the year. Escape the winter and head to Florida in the winter, visit South Padre in the spring or head Hood River in the summer for some incredible kiteboarding conditions. Enjoy beachfront or mountainside accommodations in some of the best kitesurfing spots in the USA. If you are an adventure seeker or a beach bum, the US has a destination for you.