Beginner’s guide to taking kitesurfing lessons in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura offers a range of kiteboarding conditions suitable for riders of all levels- and that goes for total beginners, too. Whether you’re looking to take your first big leap into the kitesurfing world or you’re looking to improve on skills that you already have, there’s lessons to suit just about every need, level, and rider.
Let’s look in more detail at the things you should know if you’re keen to take some kitesurfing lessons in Fuerteventura:
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 for taking kitesurfing lessons in Fuerteventura, Spain
Is Fuerteventura a good place for beginners?
Definitely. Beginners need a balance of moderate, stable wind, manageable water conditions, and good kitesurfing facilities to support them during the learning process. Fuerteventura has all of the above.
Of course, there are certain places and times of year that aren’t suitable for novice kiters (some of the southern kite spots have offshore wind, others big waves, and the fickle winter wind won’t make things any easier), but stick to the most beginner friendly spots during the high season and you’ll find Fuerteventura is an awesome place to take beginner kitesurfing lessons.
Where is the best spot in Fuerteventura to take kiteboarding lessons?
In the north, Flag Beach is the main hub for kiteboarding. The kite beach is located just a few minutes outside of Corralejo, which is a phenomenal place to stay while you’re there on the island. The beach is spacious, sandy, and free from obstacles. There’s a designated kiteboarding area, rescue services, and tons of IKO qualified instructors working at the clubs. The wind blows 15-20 knots side shore and the water is just a little choppy (no big waves).
In the south, Costa Calma is a gorgeous flat water spot where you can take lessons. There’s a flat water lagoon that isn’t affected by the tides, which means the water maintains a safe 1.5 meters of depth all the time. The wind blows 15-28 knots here during the high season.
When is the best time of year to take kiteboarding lessons in Fuerteventura?
Although technically it’s possible to ride here year round, the conditions are definitely a lot more pleasant to learn in during the summer season. May through October is the peak of the high season, during which time the air and water temperatures are both warm and the wind is strong and stable.