The 20 World’s best destinations for kitesurfing waves (Part 1)

For 10 years I have welcomed kitesurfers on the north shore of Peru where I have been living all this time. Riders coming from all over the world searching for the same Grail: Perfect wind and waves. Each one of them has her/his own wish list, and most have first visited various other wave kite spots before choosing Peru – mostly because there is less available info or trend about this amazing region, its still kind of a secret only known by the serious wave kite adventurer. During the last decade, I have registered all of their testimonials, regurgitated it, tidied it up and here it is, just for you!

The Wild Kite Peru Kitesurf Wave Riding Gazette presents:

THE ULTIMATE

KITESURF WAVE RIDING

SPOTS BUCKET LIST

Note 1: This is a list made by average kitesurfers for average kitesurfers, the details are testimonials of guests and friends. Hence some datas may be approximate or maybe a little inaccurate.

Note 2: Also take into consideration that I am not cataloguing every wave points here. Each place can either be a point, an area, an island or a country… Being so general it is impossible to give a complete insight for each destination.

Colaborate: Please send me your comments to update the list and improve it. Thanks!

No destination is perfect but each place is a new kitesurf adventure making the overall search for wave riding so fascinating!

So this is not a ranking order, I give you the list in a random order:

Maui & Oahu, Hawaii

Jesse Richman charging Jaws. Kiterr.com – photo: Pierre Bouras

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND & WAVE IN HAWAII >

June to August, May to September in Maui

When we talk about waves and wind, the first point of call has to be Hawaii, the Mecca and one of the originating places for our sport. However, although the social media is filled with those perfect waves ridden by virtuosos Reo Stevens, Keahi de Aboitiz or Felix Pivec to name just three, I have not met so many people who actually chose Hawaii for their kitesurf holidays in search of the best wave riding conditions, maybe because it gives the impression that you have to be the elite to go there, or just because it is quite an expensive journey?

PROS:

  • Magic scenery
  • World-class waves
  • Strong winds
  • Water temperature
  • Obviously easier to get there when you live in USA

CONS:

  • Expensive destination
  • Crowds
  • Localism
  • Dangerous corals depending on the spot

Lakey Peak, Sumbawa, Indonesia

My good friend Ricardo enjoying the Indo Perfection!

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVES IN LAKEY PEAK, SUMBAWA > 

 June to September.

Featured in many kitesurfing movies, Lakey Peak is probably one of the best spots to ride waves with a kite, not many places in the world produces a barrel like in Lakey peak.
However, these perfect waves are not easy to come by, the spot is difficult to reach, has powerful waves with coral reef and you can have many continuous days with NO wind during the season, not a recommended destination if you are not also a surfer! The kitesurf adventurers – chasing the world’s best waves – will have embarked on a long journey to find the Indo perfection, and maybe had the privilege (and the level) to get barreled…

PROS:

  • Maybe one of the most perfect wave to be ridden with a kite.
  • The Indo Vibe
  • Beautiful landscapes

CONS:

  • Far away destination, not easy to reach
  • Light wind, not very reliable
  • lack of facilities and hotels
  • Dangerous coral reef
  • Nothing to do except surfing and kitesurfing
  • Not for beginners kitesurfers

Le Morne, Mauritius island

The Kiteboarder Mag, Photo: Paul Lang

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVES IN MAURITIUS ISLAND >

  June to September.

When we talk about wave kitesurfing, Mauritius Island – in particularly One eye wave – is undoubtedly another perfect and most consistent wave to be ridden with a kite. The blue transparent waters of the island and the square shape of the wave make the most photogenic set-up as you all may have seen on kite magazines. This is obviously not a location for beginner waveriders, but what makes Mauritius island a chosen destination is that there are different easier wave points such as Manawa, plus there are some flat spots to ride too making this location a more complete kite location. As you may know the darkest point of Mauritius as a destination is a victim of its own success and can get overcrowded!

PROS:

  • Maybe one of the best and most consistent wave to ride with a kite
  • Several waves points for different levels
  • Direct flights from Europe
  • Transparent & warm waters
  • A postcard picture Island

CONS:

  • Very powerful wave + shallow sharp reef [One eye]
  • Presence of sharks
  • Dangerous currents
  • Overcrowded
  • Wind is not 100% reliable

North Shore Peru

Myself in Lobitos a long time ago.

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVES IN NORTH SHORE PERU:

May to November

In order stay impartial on this review, I have asked one of my very last guests, Boaz, a good rider who has been chasing waves all over the world – to write a review of his recent Peruvian Experience: “Northern Peru is one of the best kite surf wave destinations on the globe. Unlike many crowded spots, in Peru you can find yourself riding long powerful waves with strong winds all by yourself. When a swell enters, waves can reach up to 2 meters with a period of 19 seconds. Even if the waves get big, they are still forgiving and easy to catch with beach breaks (no reefs). Winds vary from side shore to side offshore. It is recommended to get a local guide with a 4X4 as some of the beaches are not accessible by 2X4. You do need a 3/2 wetsuit for this location. When it comes to food, for those who love fish and seafood, Peru is a paradise! You can eat here amazing fresh fish like tuna, sword fish… at dirt cheap prices.”

Pros:

  • Perfect long left waves
  • Wind everyday
  • Empty spots
  • Forgiving beach point breaks
  • No wind activities and amazing gastronomy

Cons:

  • Need a 3/2 wetsuit on most spots
  • Need 4X4 for some location
  • Long journey to get there (but still less than north-east Brazil)

Perth, Australia

Kitesurfing Margaret River, Photo: Soul Kite Australia

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVES IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA:

November to March

Around 10 years ago I was talking to a guy in charge of one of the biggest travel agencies that specialized in windsurf and kitesurf at that time, he mentioned to me that his favorite spot was Australia! Curiously except from him I do not have much feedback about the Australian wave riding spots.

PROS:

  • The Australian vibe
  • The perfect surf road trip
  • A wide variety of spots around Perth
  • Good waves

CONS:

  • Expensive destination
  • Presence of sharks and most of the inventoried nasty animals on earth
  • Far away no matter where you are coming from.

Cape Town, South Africa

Abel Lago kitesurfing South Africa

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVES IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA >

October to March

South Africa is a must do for any series kitesurfer in particular the kite surfer looking for waves! Its nature as its best, the wild Atlantic Ocean provides wind almost everyday, and there is almost always some kind of swell. The scenery is really unique, kms of long deserted beaches of white sands and not a building around. Down winder’s are just magical around Cape Town. There are plenty of wave spots to explore, and probably the best after kite spot in the world when there is no wind: go climbing, trek the natural parks, visit wine areas, or party in the city…

PROS:

  • Vibrant Cape town
  • Lots of spots and downwinders
  • So many activities to do apart from kiting.
  • Strong winds

CONS:

  • Need a 4/3 wetsuit
  • Presence of Sharks
  • Sometimes wind is too strong! This can make the waves very messy.

Madagascar

Video Addikt F-one (see from 8,20 mn)

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVES IN MADAGASCAR >

June to October

Just by pronouncing the name of the island-country is enough to put oneself in a dreaming state. Most of you (the oldest) will remember Addikt, the Bandit Dos F-one video promotion with Mitu Monteiro and Raphaelle Salles riding those perfect turquoise waves 50cm deep water and sharp corals…? Madagascar is a dream, but not the easiest and safest one. The two main different places: the paradisiac Esmeralda sea in the north with wind swell wave spot, but perfection is to be found in the southwest of the country!

PROS:

  • Perfect waves (in the southwest)
  • A magnificent country to visit
  • Water temperatures
  • Very strong winds

CONS:

  • Difficult to get to and not easy to travel once you are there (especially southwest)
  • All kinds of hazards and no much emergencies response if something goes wrong
  • Sharp razor reef

Sal, Cabo Verde

Photo: Zout Fotografie

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVE IN SAL, CABO VERDE >

December to May

Of course Cabo Verde has become a prime destination pushed by the world’s most famous wave riders Mitu Monteiro, Airton Cozzolino, Matchu Lopes. But Punta Preta, one of the main spots in Cabo comes with challenging conditions, and only works with a decent swell. 

PROS:

  •  Super Friendly people
  • Transparent warm waters
  • Very consistent waves

CONS:

  • Not the cheapest destination
  • Need to go there with a good wave forecast
  • Punta Preta is not a wave for beginners-average kitesurfers
  • Wind is not 100% guaranteed

Punta San Carlos, Mexico

Photo: Solo Sports

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVES IN PUNTA SAN CARLOS, MEXICO >

South swells – Spring & Autumn

9 hours drive from the Californian border, most of my American waverider’s friends have been to Punta San Carlos. The General comment is “it’s Awesome man, the wave isn’t the most aggressive but it’s sooo long”. Now you need prepare your vittle and set up as it is in the middle of nowhere. Wind is very strong at night too, so a tent is not the best roof option for a deep sleep. If you don’t own a fancy campervan and do not want to sacrifice on comfort, you can still book a trip the land’s owner who proposes all included high-end camping.

PROS:

  • Long perfect wave to rip
  • Consistent wind with very highest statistics
  • Off-shore wind (you can pay pangas – local fishermen boats – in case of a rescue)
  • You’re camping in the nature, which is cheap and fun

CONS:

  • Cold waters
  • Nothing to do off the water

Puerto Rico

 Photo: Justin Bruns/Wavelength for The Kiteboarder Magazine

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVES IN PUERTO RICO:

December to April, February and March if you want to maximize your swell chances.

Although Puerto Rico is not a destination with much visability on the web and social media, I have always heard good testimonials from friends. Shacks beach seems the place to be if you are at least of an intermediate level (small beach/reef break), but there are others spots, you can just kite in the city of San Juan in front of Playa las Marias, which has some nice waves in the outer reefs.

PROS:

  • Good quality waves that can hold big size
  • Smile, you’re in the Caribbean
  • A lot to do apart from kitesurfing
  • Warm waters

CONS:

  • Shallow waters and sharp reef
  • For advanced wave riders only
  • Expensive destination
  • Wind in the Caribbean is never assured

So what’s your personal favourite spot? Do you have something you would like to add or correct about this list?

Please leave us a comment.

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