The 20 World’s best destinations for kitesurfing waves (Part 2)

The Wild Kite Peru Kitesurf Wave Riding Gazette presents:

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KITESURF WAVE RIDING

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PART II

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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 even 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!

A perfect day exists but no destination is perfect. What makes the beauty of wave riding is the search.

This is not a ranking order.

Barbados

Andy Gratwick, Easy Rider

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND & WAVE IN BARBADOS >

July to November

Freights-Bay and Bathsheba are the two main spots, freights is for beginners and Bathseba is for the experts. The probability of wind has proven to be higher in Barbados than in the other Caribbean islands.

PROS:

  • Better wind than in the other Caribbean islands
  • Waves for all levels
  • Kitesurfing in board short during winter time
  • Lots of hotels, restaurants & bars

CONS:

  • Expensive destination
  • Some hazards in Bathsheba, like strong currents

Namotu Islands, Fiji

Photo: Stu Gibson

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVES IN NAMOTU ISLAND, FIJI > 

 April to September.

World class surf breaks, crystal clear waters and palm tree fringed beaches on paradisiacal islands… what else do you need? If the money and time is not a problem, you should
definitely put the Fijis on your bucket list. There is probably no need to mention Ben Wilson luxury kite camps, it looks to be perfectly operated. But there will be much cheaper alternatives too if the flight duration and cost is not already an obstacle to you.

PROS:

  • Some of the most beautiful waves in the world
  • paradisiac set-up
  • when there is no wind, you SUP, surf, dive or fish.
  • kitesurfing in board short
  • Friendly people

CONS:

  • Expensive trip
  • Wind is very capricious, go there if you like surfing / SUPing too
  • Far away from Europe and USA

Portugal

During KSP in 2013 Photo: Gonzas.com

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVES IN PORTUGAL >

  March to November / June to August smaller beginner wave.

Northern Portugal and close-by Spanish coast are famous for serious side-shore winds and powerful beach break action. The water is cold but consistent conditions and an easy going lifestyle makes up for it. You can kite a large number of beaches and with a little local knowledge you could be alone in the water. Close by Porto offers all the touristic and cultural interest of a major European city with endless wine tasting opportunities.

PROS:

  • Probably the most reliable destination for wind and waves in Europe
  • Less crowded then most places
  • Sunny, affordable and enjoyable lifestyle

CONS:

  • Cold waters
  • Challenging when the waves get big
  • Wind can get really strong for wave riding

Florianopolis, Brazil

Photo: Surf Shack Travel

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVES IN FLORIANOPOLIS BRAZIL: SEPTEMBER TO MARCH

September to March

Every kiter knows the “Nordeste du Brasil”, but few choose or even know about beautiful Florianopolis in the south of the country, this island connected to the main land with a bridge is the Brazilian surf mecca where it is also possible to kitesurf. Novo Campeche, Iberaquera are cool waves spot and not too crowded.  The island has around 80 beaches most of which you will be the only person on the beach!  Plus, you have the city of Florianopolis which is a fun and safe city.  It is said that the region Santa Catalina is where the most beautiful people of Brazil are from.

PROS:

  • Vibrant atmosphere
  • Beautiful and fun people
  • Wind almost all year around
  • A wide variety of spots
  • Not too crowded

CONS:

  • Not the cheapest destination
  • Water not as warm as in the north, a Wet suit is needed Shorty to full 3/2
  • Waves are not the most perfect you may find

Santa Cruz, North California

Huge day at Scotts Creek, Photo: loscocco.net

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVES IN SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA:

Spring & Autumn

10km approximately southern to American surf capital Santa Cruz you get Scott creek & more famous Waddell creek receiving good swells. South swells magnet spots, but can also big north swells.

PROS:

  • Consistent side on shore wind perfect for a down-the-line waveriding
  • Nice set up
  • Consistent waves
  • Variety of spots

CONS:

  • Cold waters
  • Localism
  • Crowds
  • Presence of sharks

Matanzas, Chile

Photo: Hiveminer.com

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVES IN MATANZAS, CHILE >

December to March

There are a lot of waves to surf and kitesurf in Chile, most famous one for kitesurfing Roca Cuadrada in Matanzas.

PROS:

  • Nice landscapes
  • Consistent wave
  • 3 hours from Santiago by car

CONS:

  • Not for beginners
  • Cold Waters
  • Presence of cochayuyos (long rastas seaweed) for epic faceplants

Fuerteventura, Canary Island

Nice right in el Cotillo, Fuerteventura – Photo: getmyboat

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVES IN FUERTEVENTURA >

November to April

  PROS:

  • Nice desert landscapes
  • Close destination from Europe
  • Variety of spots to ride
  • Not too expensive
  • Awesome waves

CONS:

  • Can be crowded depending on the season
  • Not much to do except kitesurfing

El Encuentro, Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Photo: Gary Benet

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVE IN CABARETE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC >

December to March

Cabarete is clearly a sweet destination for a relaxed kitesurf holiday, especially if you are looking for riding waves in board shorts in the heart of winter. Caribbean style.

PROS:

  • Very pleasant kite destination
  • Warm waters
  • Lots of no-wind activities

CONS:

  • You might not have the perfect conditions every week.
  • No space to land / launch your kite from El Encuentro

South of Sardinia island, Italy

Photo: Kite Generation

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVES IN SOUTH SARDINIA >

September to November, march to may

  PROS:

  • beautiful island
  • Italian island = Italian food
  • You are still in Europe

CONS:

  • Crowds depending on the season
  • Need to go with a good wave forecast

Masirah Island, Oman

Photo: Bstoked

BEST PERIOD FOR WIND AND WAVES IN MASIRAH ISLAND, OMAN:

From May to December

For whoever likes an adventure, desert, and a unique kitesurf destination where you won’t find too many crowds and at the same time get consistent wind, and nice easy waves, Oman seems a good option.

PROS:

  • Easy nice waves
  • Friendly people
  • A safe place although being in the Middle East!
  • Warm waters
  • Beautiful desert landscapes
  • Consistent wind

CONS:

  • Need to rent a car
  • Not much to do off the water

CONCLUSION

The most likely is that you already have a good wave spot not too far from your home, but it probably only works properly a few times in the year, the water may be cold as hell, it gets crowded, and the waves are wind swells are far for being perfect…

In a word you are dreaming of other horizons, warm transparent water, palm trees, with those perfect waves unrolling indefinitely just for you and a few friends.

There are a multitude of spots all around the world, and I am sure that you already have your list for future trips. Because travelling is the one of the best aspects of kitesurfing, add waves to the wind factor, and it is now becoming a true search!

Those perfect days exist somewhere sometime, but still a various factor will play when you go far away chasing the ultimate wave riding conditions. There are ways to avoid disillusion. I will not say “do not expect too much and always have fun no matter what the conditions are” because I live in front of a perfect spot and I understand my guests’ high expectations and impatience when they have traveled half the world to get here. Although you can never remove Mother Luck from any surf trip formula, there is a series of wise choices to make before selecting your next trip destination.

That is why in a future post I’ll give you 10 tips to achieve the wave kitesurfing trip of your life.  

Stay tuned! 

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