Kitesurfing locations

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Any location with consistent, steady side-onshore winds (10 to 35+ knots, 5 to 18+ m/s), a large open body of water and a good launch area is suitable for kitesurfing. Kitesurfing takes place along ocean shores, usually off beaches, on large lakes, on bays and inlets and occasionally on rivers.

Some of the world's top kitesurfing locations are listed below in alphabetic order. Many of these destinations can provide kitesurfing training and equipment rentals.

Locations[edit]

Africa[edit]

Cape Verde[edit]

Egypt[edit]

Kenya[edit]

Libya[edit]

Morocco[edit]

Namibia[edit]

  • Luderitz (location of 2009 world speed record for kitesurfing)[10]
  • Walvis Bay (location of 2006 world speed record for kitesurfing)[11]

South Africa[edit]

Tanzania[edit]

Tunisia[edit]

Others[edit]

Asia[edit]

  • Sri Lanka - Puttalam, Kalpitiya lagoon, Dutch Bay islands [14]
  • Sri Lanka - Kalpitiya,[15] Hikkaduwa, Mannar, Mathara


Far East[edit]

Middle East[edit]

Southeast Asia[edit]

Kitesurfing in Boracay, Philippines
Hua Hin beach, Thailand

Europe[edit]

Austria[edit]

Belarus[edit]

Bulgaria[edit]

Croatia[edit]

Delta of Neretva river, Croatia

Czech Republic[edit]

Inland kitesurfing at Mushow Kite Beach at lake Nove Mlyny, Czech Republic

Denmark[edit]

Estonia[edit]

France[edit]

The fédération française de vol libre, responsible for kitesurfing, maintains a map of the main spots with the situation, kitesurfing level needed, restrictions and zoning information, access and hazards at carte.ffvl.fr/?mode=kite.

Germany[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Greece[edit]

Hungary[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Italy[edit]

Latvia[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Montenegro[edit]

The Netherlands[edit]

Slufter beach on the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Norway[edit]

Poland[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Russia[edit]

Spain[edit]

Punta Paloma Beach, Tarifa, Spain


Sweden[edit]

Switzerland[edit]


Turkey[edit]

The bay in Gökova, Turkey


United Kingdom[edit]

North and Central America[edit]

On the Columbia River, North America
Wearing dry suits on Long Island, New York in winter when temperatures are near 0 °C (32 °F)

Canada[edit]

Caribbean[edit]

Central America[edit]

  • Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
  • Bahia Salinas, Costa Rica
  • Las Penitas, Leon, Nicaragua

Kiteboarding Lake Nicaragua, san jorge, la virgen

  • Punta Chame, Panama

Mexico[edit]

United States[edit]

Oceania[edit]

Note: for Hawaii, refer to entries listed in the United States section on this page

Australia[edit]

St Kilda on Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia
Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
Rye, Victoria, Australia


Fiji[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

View Google Map of locations

Otago Harbour, South Island, New Zealand

Others[edit]

South America[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Chile[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Uruguay[edit]

Venezuela[edit]

Peru[edit]

Safety and Restrictions[edit]

Kite surfing is restricted or banned in some locations. This may be the result of safety and liability concerns, excessive beach traffic and poorly organized practising of kiteboarding. Bans have been reversed when kitesurfers have organized, prepared riding guidelines and negotiated with authorities for resumption of the sport. Many kite boarders stress safety and quality professional instruction to keep the sport from being banned or restricted.

Not all locations will have bans posted. Usually a warning from a park ranger, lifeguard or other official will let the rider know that kite surfing is not allowed. As a general rule, if other kiteboarders are in the water, it is probably permitted.

When new to an area or visiting check area restrictions and precautions before rigging up and riding. This courtesy should give a better riding session, avoid friction with locals and help to preserve kiting access. If riders offer suggestions, including not using a certain sized kite, relocating to a safer launch site or not going out in current conditions, consider their advice carefully.[112]

Learners should practice at locations where there are few other beach users, with no hazards such as reefs, rock walls and rock groynes, strong tidal flows and busy boating areas.[113]

External links[edit]

  • LocalKiteSpots - Maps and wind conditions of kitesurfing spots worldwide
  • TheWindMap - Wiki of worldwide windsurfing and kitesurfing spots


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kite Junkies" www.kitejunkies.com
  2. ^ [1] 5km of sand, constant wind, huts on the beach and an established kite school.
  3. ^ Kenyaways Kite Village - Kitesurfing Hotel and School, Diani Beach, Kenya
  4. ^ Mandabay watersports
  5. ^ "Kizingoni Beach"
  6. ^ [2] Kitespot Nyali Beach, Need2Kite.com
  7. ^ [3] Tribe Watersports is East Africas only BKSA approved Kitesurfing School.
  8. ^ Azemmour Things To Do - Travel Guides, VirtualTourist.com
  9. ^ Azemmour Plage
  10. ^ Fifty knots broken again - New Speed Record www.sail-world.com
  11. ^ Walvis Bay Speed week www.ikiteboarding.com
  12. ^ Cape Kite Surfing www.uncoverthecape.co.za
  13. ^ Cannon Rocks
  14. ^ Kitecamp kiteschool kitetrip Sri Lanka
  15. ^ Wind4Love Kitesurfing school Center Sri Lanka
  16. ^ Kiteboarding-Oman.com - Lessons, Rental and Kitecamp
  17. ^ http://www.surfertoday.com/travel/8793-riding-the-desert-winds-of-the-masirah-island Surfer Today, "Riding the desert winds of the Masirah Island". Retrieved 5 January 2014
  18. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2010/sep/04/masirah-island-oman-middle-east The Guardian, "Oman's desert island". Retrieved 5 January 2014
  19. ^ Kitesurf Dubai - Local Kitesurfing info, lessons, holiday packages and rentals
  20. ^ Lebanon by Kite
  21. ^ Bali Kite Surfing Tours
  22. ^ http://www.seabreezekiteclub.com
  23. ^ Bali Kitesurfing
  24. ^ Henry Brett Kiteboarding in Mui Ne, Vietnam
  25. ^ Surfpoint Vietnam Kite Lessons in Mui Ne, Vietnam
  26. ^ TakeOffnKitePirate Kiteboarding in Vung Tau, Vietnam
  27. ^ UCPA Aber Wrac'h Bretagne Kitesurf
  28. ^ WindGURU: France - L'Aber Wrac'h
  29. ^ "Kitespot List / Sylt" www.surfspot.de
  30. ^ "Kitesurf Cup Sylt" www.westerland.net
  31. ^ Bull Island / Dollymount www.kitebeaches.com
  32. ^ 2006 Kiteboard Pro World Tour event, Lake Como, Italiaspeed.com, June 6, 2006
  33. ^ Waterproof Kiteboarding - Lake Garda
  34. ^ Lithuanian kitesurfing
  35. ^ Location of 'kitebeach' on Google Maps
  36. ^ Kitesurfing in Barcelona Spain
  37. ^ Kitesurfing Lanzarote, www.extremesportscafe.com
  38. ^ Kitesurfing Lanzarote, www.volcanokite.com
  39. ^ Waterman Kitesurfing, www.waterman.si
  40. ^ "the Wind Capital" www.tarifa.net
  41. ^ Kitesurfing Tarifa; Kite surfing, Kite courses and holidays
  42. ^ "Lake Silvaplana", www.wannakitesurf.com
  43. ^ "Kite surfing lessons, kite board rentals and holidays", www.kite-turkey.com
  44. ^ "Kite surfing lessons, kiteboard holidays", www.windflykite.com
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  46. ^ "Kitesurfing lessons, kiteboard holidays", www.alwayswindy.com
  47. ^ "The Bluff", www.windwatcher.net
  48. ^ "Kite Zones" Kites on Board
  49. ^ "Daymer Bay" www.surf-wax.co.uk
  50. ^ [4] Exe-Kitboarders
  51. ^ "Littlestone on Sea" www.kentkitesurfingclub.co.uk
  52. ^ "…members also into kitesurfing." Minnis Bay Windsurfing Club
  53. ^ "Tuition and Lessons from Poole Harbour Watersports", www.pooleharbour.co.uk
  54. ^ "Rustington beach information" Rustington beach information
  55. ^ "Southend-on-Sea" Essex Kitesurfing Club
  56. ^ "TroonBeach" www.ScotlandKiteboarding.com
  57. ^ Kitesurfing Schools Worldwide (kitesurfingschool.org)
  58. ^ The Official Website of Sauble Beach
  59. ^ Squamish Windsurfing Society
  60. ^ Grand Beach Kiteboarding
  61. ^ Windsurfing & kitesurfing travel: Caribbean Aruba
  62. ^ www.guanahanibeachclub.com
  63. ^ Dominican Republic Kiteboarding
  64. ^ Kitesurfing in Haïti
  65. ^ http://www.kiteboardingjamaica.com
  66. ^ La Parguera Puerto Rico |About La parguera | Caribbean destination
  67. ^ San Juan Condado Ocean Park Beach
  68. ^ Original Official Guide to St. Lucia - Activities
  69. ^ Kitesurfing Grenadines
  70. ^ ProvoKiters
  71. ^ Playa Boardsports, Playa del Carmen
  72. ^ Extreme Control Kite School, Tulum
  73. ^ Cape Hatteras Kiteboard Photography www.railgrab.com
  74. ^ Kitesurfing on the Columbia River
  75. ^ Kitesurfing in Coronado, CA, across the bay from downtown San Diego.
  76. ^ Kite Corpus kitecorpus.com
  77. ^ Kiteboarding at Corpus Christi TX
  78. ^ Oklahoma Kiteboarding school
  79. ^ Kern Valley Windsurfing
  80. ^ Kitesurfing www.howtokite.com
  81. ^ "Mille Lacs". LAKAWA: Minnesota's source for kiteboarding, snowkiting, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  82. ^ "Waddell Beach". Waddell Beach - Santa Cruz Wiki. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  83. ^ Mungumby Lodge, Kitesurfing
  84. ^ "Stoked Publications" www.stoked-publications.com
  85. ^ a b Windsuring in Western Australia
  86. ^ "Stoked Publications"
  87. ^ Tasmanian Kite Surfing Association Location Database
  88. ^ Kiteboarding FNQ information, Windswell, Port Douglas
  89. ^ a b Victorian location guide, Kiteboarding Victoria
  90. ^ Victorian kitesurfing locations, Greenlivingpedia.org
  91. ^ Stanley kitesurfing maps
  92. ^ Whitsundays Kitesurfing
  93. ^ Kitesurf in Fiji
  94. ^ Kitesurfing Fiji
  95. ^ Windsurf and kitesurf, New Caledonia Tourism
  96. ^ Kitebeach School (in Spanish)
  97. ^ Spot Info Kitepedia (Spanish)
  98. ^ Araruama
  99. ^ [5]
  100. ^ Piauí tourism website
  101. ^ Canoa Quebrada kitesurf
  102. ^ Kitesurfing Holidays www.waveriders.biz
  103. ^ Cumbuco Kitesurf
  104. ^ Cumbuco Wind Forecast
  105. ^ Cumbuco.com - The largest english portal for Cumbuco
  106. ^ "Kite school & Pousada Ilha do Guajiru, Brazil". Windy Addiction. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  107. ^ "Kiteboard Brasil". Kiteboard Brasil. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  108. ^ Bahia Inglesa Kitesurf
  109. ^ adicora - Google Search
  110. ^ First kitesurf school on Isla Coche, Venezuela opens
  111. ^ "Best place Where to Kitesurf and Lodge in Paracas Peru". Villa Kite. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  112. ^ Top tips, Kitesurfing Handbook
  113. ^ Basics, Kitesurfing Handbook