If you want to conflate an exciting adventure sport and travel to the most beautiful spots in the world, kitesurfing is the answer.
Kitesurfing, which is also known as kiteboarding, combines different aspects of famous adrenaline-filled sports, such as wakeboarding, surfing, paragliding, sailing, snowboarding, and windsurfing.
Thus, if you want to try or get into an extreme sport and, at the same time, experience the beauty that beaches and tropical islands have to offer, kitesurfing is definitely the sport for you.
With the traction that kitesurfing is getting and its growing community, new kitesurfing spots are being added to the already growing list of brilliant places to surf at.
But, choosing a destination can be a tricky affair. If you truly want to enjoy kitesurfing, you need consistent winds, ideal weather, and water-based on your preference. Along with that, you also need a place that’s buzzing with a fantastic atmosphere.
Lucky for you, we’ve shortlisted five of the best kitesurfing places you could visit.
Best Kitesurfing Places
1. Le Morne, Mauritius
If you’re looking for silence and a place to relax away from the bustle of the city, Le Morne is the place to be.
The south-easterly trade winds offer stable conditions. The best months to visit are between June to November. Despite this being winter in Mauritius, this is when the trades are most consistent, with 60% of days offering wind speeds above Force 4.
With its world-class flat water and wave spots close to one another, this site is ideal as it can host surfers from all kiting levels. It’s also surrounded by the magnificent Le Morne Brabant mountain, which is one of the must-visit tourist sites in Mauritius.
With stunning natural surroundings and a colorful mix of people–from Mauritians to Indians to Chinese to Europeans–it’s a spot that’ll surely not disappoint.
The island is safe and lay back, boasting numerous kite schools for those who are just starting out.
In case you’re new to kitesurfing and want to learn more about it, especially the equipment and cost involve, there are many reputable and dedicated websites, such as Kitesurfing Advice, online.
2. Turks & Caicos Islands
Turks and Caicos are becoming increasingly recognized as the finest tropical destinations in the Atlantic and Caribbean. It isn’t a surprise as the word ‘paradise’ doesn’t do justice to these islands.
With uncrowded, pristine beaches and perfect free-riding terrain, with constant Caribbean trade winds, this a spot that should be in every kitesurfer’s bucket list.
Thanks to the onshore easterly trade winds, which makes it safe for all levels of surfers, the main kite spot on Providenciales, the 4km long bay, has world-class learning conditions. The winds are said to be more consistent in winter, but riders are seen visiting through the year. Being the popular spot that it is, there’s plenty of convenient equipment for sale and repair shops should you need them.
For those seeking a more challenging experience, there are also many places on the islands you can explore. Basically, Turks and Caicos let you experience everything at the cost of a single trip.
3. Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka
Sitting on a sandbar in the north-western region of Sri Lanka, Kalpitiya experiences a consistent flow of wind. Having 14 islands, it’s famous for shallow waters on flat, long, and wide lagoons, which is ideal for beginners. However, across the sandbar, the ocean offers waves that attract hordes of pro riders to practice.
However, remember that Kalpitiya is not a tourist town. It is more suited to those who want some peace and quiet while working on their kitesurfing skills. These ideal conditions and the riders that come every year have given birth to many businesses that cater to them, so you have a wide variety of hotels and lodgings to choose from. It’s a very cheap alternative as compared to Europe. You can have an extended trip and still not have it pinch your pockets.
4. Essaouira, Morocco
Morocco is well-known among surfers, but it is surprising t to know that it’s a world-class destination for kitesurfers, too.
Located on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, Essaouira is a fishing harbor. Known as the ‘Wind City,’ it has dependable cross-onshore wave riding from March to September. As it has developed into one of the best kitesurfing destinations in the world, it’s home to excellent surfing infrastructure. Still, it has managed to retain its authentic charm that differentiates it from other locations.
With the vast beach where they can learn to launch quickly, it’s also considered the best spot for beginners in the country. The coastline stretches along the Atlantic for miles. So, there’s plenty of space for everything and everyone–from local fishermen to kitesurfers, beginner flats to advanced waves.
When you aren’t surfing, there’s still a lot of towns and cities to explore for you. You will experience the unique culture and taste of Morocco.
5. Zanzibar, Tanzania
For decades, the dreamy, clear beaches of Zanzibar have occupied the front covers of magazines. While only a fishing island until a few years ago, Zanzibar has blossomed into a kitesurfing heaven. With stunning white sand and coral reefs, Zanzibar’s best spots are located on the southeast coast of the island.
With consistent onshore winds and flat-water lagoons, Paje is the place to be on the coast of Zanzibar. The average wind speed is around 16 knots that increases towards the end of the day.
It isn’t as ‘touristy’ as the other sections of the island since it has retained its authenticity, making this virtually untouched patch a heaven for kitesurfers.
There’s no doubt that the perfect kitesurfing spots are tough to find. Hopefully, the list above has broadened your travel and kitesurfing goals.
As stressful as it can be to find a location and make arrangements, traveling is an intrinsic part of being a kitesurfer. Still, nothing can compare to the release and rush you experience when you finally reach your destination. Unload your gear and step into the water, and with the wind rushing by, it will all feel worth it.