If you appreciate nature and the elements, then you will love kitesurfing! The feeling of gliding across the water powered only by the wind is both exhilarating and humbling. Being able to harness the power of the wind really provides a unique feeling that only kitesurfers and other wind sports enthusiasts can fully appreciate.
But if you think that kitesurfing is too extreme and hard to learn, you should consider that you only need an average level of fitness. The kite is attached to a waist harness so you do not need upper body strength to control the kite. Most aspiring kitesurfers sign up for a 3-day course. The course teaches them the basics of equipment, safety, flying the kite on land, flying the kite on water, and finally learning to ride on the board in the water.
There are spots all over the world which allow you to combine your love of nature with this sport. Any coastline with a cross-onshore wind and an obstacle-free beach so you can safely launch and land your kite will work. You also (obviously) need wind. 15 to 20 knots of wind is ideal if you are learning. This level of wind means that you can kitesurf and enjoy sitting comfortably on the beach without being blasted by sand!
Here are some of the best kitesurfing destinations for nature lovers:
Tarifa is an old Andalusian town that sits just opposite Morocco on the Straits of Gibraltar. The Atlas mountains of Morocco are visible and the sunset serves as a beautiful backdrop to the long sandy beach that runs away from the Old Town. It’s extremely popular with both kitesurfers and nature lovers who come to see the migrating birds. As they cross from Europe to Africa, sometimes stopping in the area.
Dakhla, Western Sahara
Dakhla is probably one of the remotest kitesurfing destinations. Set amongst the sand dunes on the coast of Western Sahara, the town is nestled on the edge of a large flat water lagoon. Due to its remoteness, visitors enjoy spectacular starry skies whilst sitting around a Berber campfire at one of Dakhla’s many kite camps.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town has long been a favorite for nature lovers who come to experience the incredible wildlife. It is found at the point where the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean meet. There are dolphins, whales, sharks, penguins, and a vast array of other wildlife in the area. But this doesn’t put off the kitesurfers who consider this one of the best spots in the world for the sport.
Le Morne, Mauritius
Parts of Mauritius have almost legendary status amongst kitesurfers. Those who enjoy the offshore waves that appear as a result of the reefs around Mauritius. As well as kitesurfing you can enjoy the natural beauty of the island. It is home to a number of endemic and highly endangered species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and plants.
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, U.S.
This popular kitesurfing spot is also a national park. Also, a host to a variety of shorebird and sea turtle species that nest on the beaches. Visitors here will enjoy spectacular sunsets and unlimited beaches and shorelines.
Of course, there are countless other places where you can kitesurf, this just offers a small taster. It’s not unheard of for kitesurfers to be enjoying the water alongside dolphins, turtles, seals, and other creatures.
About the author
Jon has been kitesurfing for 15 years and is the owner of Kitesurf Shack. It offers t-shirts and gifts to kitesurfing lovers.