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)[9]
  • Walvis Bay (location of 2006 world speed record for kitesurfing)[10]

South Africa[edit]

Tanzania[edit]

Tunisia[edit]

Others[edit]

Asia[edit]

  • Sri Lanka - Mannar island, Adams bridge, Talaimannar [13]
  • 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]

Albania[edit]

Austria[edit]

Belarus[edit]

Bulgaria[edit]

Croatia[edit]

Delta of Neretva river, Croatia

Cyprus[edit]

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]

Kiteboarding Lake Nicaragua, san jorge, la virgen

Panama[edit]

  • Punta Chame, Panama
  • Playa Lagartero/ Lagartero beach, Santa Catalina, Veraguas, 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]

———Puerto Deseado, Santa Cruz

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.[116]

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.[117]

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

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