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