A Seasonal Guide to When and Where to Kitesurf - Part One
Kitesurfing is one of the most popular water sports in the UK today, with riders of all ages and abilities taking to the waves to enjoy a session in the wind. However, while the weather warms up slightly during the summer months here in the British Isles and we are treated to top temperatures of around 19 degrees (stifling we know), kitesurfing seasons can vary drastically in different locations around the world. As such, it can be difficult for riders to establish exactly when and where is best to kitesurf during a particular season.
To ensure you don’t miss out on the best wind and wave conditions across the globe, we’ve created a two-part seasonal guide to help you discover the best locations for kitesurfing during winter, spring, summer and autumn:
Winter (December – March)
For many kitesurfers, the British winter presents a great excuse to hop on a plane and travel to somewhere much warmer to catch some wind and waves in the glistening sunshine. While there is a huge range of kitesurfing destinations that you could escape to during the chilly season back home, we’ve named just a few of our favourites here:
December, January and February are usually the hottest months of the Australian summertime, and there are plenty of fantastic locations to head to where you can soak up the sun while riding. Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth all boast peak wind conditions from October right through to March as well as some of the most idyllic beaches you’ve ever seen! As such, whether you’re a seasoned professional or a kitesurfing newbie, Australia guarantees a great experience for riders of all abilities!
As well as being a fantastic family surf destination, Colombia is also popular with kitesurfers in search of winter sun. The North Coast, in particular, offers versatile wave conditions ranging from flat water to choppy crests as well as warm weather and white sandy stretches that are ideal for sunbathing on!
Wind season is from November to March, so whether you choose to visit the Philippines for a pre-Christmas holiday or a spring break, the wind conditions should be perfect either way! Not only is this a great location for those looking for a tropical yet cheap getaway, but Boracay – the Philippines premiere kitesurfing hotspot – is also a haven for other water sports such as scuba diving and windsurfing if you’re looking to try your hand at those too.
Spring (March – June)
While warmer weather and longer days are all part and parcel of spring in the UK, the climate may still be a little brisk for those who prefer to kitesurf in warmer conditions. However, if you’re craving some springtime sun, the good news is that there are plenty of places to choose from abroad:
Previously featuring as one of our six European kitesurfing spots for a weekend getaway, Cape Verde is a well-known wave spot for kitesurfers, surfers and windsurfers alike all year round. However, the best time to catch the wind here is from October to June on Boa Vista and Sal, the two best islands for kitesurfing. Additionally, with water temperature ranging from 21˚C – 25˚C, you can travel light as you won’t need to bring your wetsuit!
Another North African kitesurfing hotspot, peak wind season in Morocco is from April to September, so it’s best to visit within these months to ensure you get the most out of your sessions on the waves here. While the region’s beaches are simply beautiful, Dakhla Lagoon is the prime spot for kitesurfing and caters to riders of every level with beginner kite camps, wave camps and freestyle camps all on offer.
Being an up and coming kitesurfing destination, those who are craving a relaxed and tranquil trip away should undoubtedly head for Oman, where kite tourism is still in its infancy meaning little to no crowds and lots of space to shred. From April to September, Oman offers varied wind conditions due to facing the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea, the former bringing predominantly light wind and the latter carrying stronger winds. As such, whether you want to practice basic riding skills or increase your air time, these diverse conditions will enable you to do so.
That concludes part one of our seasonal guide to when and where to kitesurf – be sure to check back for part two, which will feature the best kitesurfing hotspots for summer and autumn. In the meantime, if you have any alternative locations that you like to escape to during winter and spring for some warmer sessions on the waves, share them with us on our social media channels. Otherwise, browse our fantastic range of kitesurfing equipment including kiteboards, kitesurfing bars and much more online today!