The best way to learn a new skill is by starting! So why not take up an adventure at one of these top kitesurfing destinations around the world?
Kitesurfing is one of the coolest sports you can do on water. Kitesurfing could be done on the water as mellow as mirror flat lagoons to choppy ocean water. All equipment is lightweight and is perfect for those new to outdoor sports and is still fun for those trying to broaden their abilities. As muscle tone just means your progression will be faster.
You have three main objectives: Firstly, to learn to fly the kite with control especially landing it. Secondly, body drag, control and re-launching while on the water. Lastly, getting up and actually riding on a board on the water.
Now, where in the world will you be flexing your new skills? Will it be at one of these world-class kitesurfing destinations?
The district of Squamish is located halfway between Vancouver and Whistler in Canada’s Pacific coast province of British Columbia. Towering cliffs waiting to be climbed, endless trails to be hiked or biked and enticing ocean coves just waiting to be explored.
Visit the Spit on a clear summer day! It’s located at the mouth of the Squamish River leading into Howe Sound lake, the Spit is a long and narrow piece of land, dividing the Squamish estuary and the lake. Learn more about Squamish Canada at Explore Squamish.
Collaroy (aboriginal for “big reeds”) is located in northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. This beach is partially wind protected and located north of Long Reef and south of Narrabeen Beach. Making this location ideal for beginner kitesurfers in the northeasterly or southeasterly winds.
Something to be noted is that North Narrabeen is surfers only. While Long Reef (‘Longy’) has various reefs that produce nice ramps for jumping and a turn or two per ride in either wind direction. Though be careful of low tide due to reefs and look out for hang gliders while trying to find a place to sit for lunch. Most grassy spots are landing strips for hang gliders! Learn more about Collaroy here.
Kite the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Columbia River Gorge runs along the border between Oregon and Washington state. This is an 80-mile long river while reaching depths up to 4,000 feet (1,200 m). Winds here typically range from 10 to 25mph with many days exceeding 25-35+mph.
Needless to say, it’s best to leave light surf equipment home when visiting this location. Use your twin for boosting air and bring your directional for the swell up by the White Salmon Bridge. Most importantly for all these locations: Always remember to respect other riders’ space and ability levels
Weymouth, Dorset, UK
Weymouth is in Dorset on the southern side of England. The town is situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast.
This area has flat glassy water and strong winds making it perfect for some freestyling. Make sure to bring your rafting sandals (my favorite are my chacos)! The beaches here are shingle and most people come here primarily for water sports.
So there is a permit required to assure there isn’t overuse. The price goes from $3.50 a day or $30.70 for the whole year. These can be purchased at mostly all the local kite surfing shops or the local port authority.
La Ventana, Mexico
La Ventana Bay is 40 feet (12 meters) above sea level, just south of La Paz on the eastern side of the Baja California peninsula in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. This location provides amazing contrast of dry aired land right next to some insanely blue waters of the Sea of Cortez. This is also home to over one hundred species of cactus.
The steady and strong winds from December through March make this a perfect home for La Ventana international kitesurf competitions. La Ventana Wind Fest, La Ventana Classic, Kite Foil Gold Cup, and the traditional Expo Kite. The wind starts around 12:30 pm and ends around 5:30 pm, average from 15 to 25 knots. When a north cold front arrives, the wind picks up to 30 knots. The full season lasts from October through April. This is a perfect spot to beat the cold of winter!
Fuerteventura Spain, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, sits in the Atlantic Ocean 62 miles or 100km off the northwest coast of the continent of Africa. This is, in fact, the oldest Canary Island being 20 million years old. Local natives still inhabit this Biosphere Reserve, they are called Majoreros. They are said to be very friendly and enjoy kitesurfing!
Thanks to its positioning right in the path of the trade winds, this windswept island is absolutely littered with kite surfable beaches. March through November is considered the prime time for kitesurfing here though you could go at any time of the year. In midsummer, no wetsuit is really required though early season a shorty is recommended. While in the late autumn and winter you’ll need a full 3/2 if not 3/4 wetsuit.
Playa Unión, Argentina
Playa Unión is located between Bahía Blanca and Comodoro Rivadavia on Argentina’s southeasternmost tip. Argentina had had 5 presidents in 10 days in 2001 and is the eighth largest country in the world.
Union beach offers amazing waves, fishing, dolphin watching, an extensive beach all perfect for kite surfing. The Season runs from February on through April though you could go any time of year. The beach is also an excellent place to see the dolphins overas, an endemic dolphin from the Patagonian coast and the best time to see them is in January and February! Learn all about this locations kitesurfing beta here.
I hope you try out kitesurfing! Though if it just isn’t for you here’s some other travel inspiration: