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
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!
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.