Best Kitesurfing Spots: Four Top Destinations
Kitesurfing is one of the fastest-growing extreme watersports in the world. There are many reasons to learn to kite. Not only is it an eco-friendly sport, but it’s great for all ages. With dozens of kite schools popping up all over the world every year, this sport isn’t slowing down. Here are the best kitesurfing spots for chasing consistent winds around the world.
1. Lake Como, Italy
Come summer, this beautiful lake in the north of Italy is a colorful array of kites. Lake Como is less than two hours travel from Milan. Wine and pizza are good, but the kiting conditions are an even bigger lure for active travelers.
The northern tip of the lake is the spot to pump up a kite. You can go over to the cable park just minutes away to practice on the kickers and sliders. Windy season is typically from April to September.
2. Lake Silvaplana, Switzerland
It’s not just kitesurfers who head for Lake Silvaplana in Switzerland’s Engadine Valley. In summer, you’ll find all kinds of water sports going on. The locals have made sure to focus on infrastructure for tourists. You won’t be lacking the little comforts here.
It was also in this very lake that Swiss Paraglider Andrea Kuhn first made history with a paraglider and surfboard in 1987. Primetime for travel to this kite spot is in summer.
3. Tarifa, Spain
This is one of the biggest and busiest kite destinations in the world. Good food and drinks after an adrenaline-filled day and a fun, beachy ambiance bring the kitesurfers here in droves. Plus, there’s the warm sun all year round.
No wonder many folks call Tarifa the Adventure Capital of Europe. From May until October, you can enjoy consistent winds and a vibrant beach scene.
4. Calamianes Islands, Philippines
The Philippines is an adventurous place to travel for kitesurfing in Asia. True, infrastructure is still lacking. But make the effort to travel to the rustic, remote islands. You’ll find the taste of paradise is worth it.
If you’d rather not stress over travel plans, spend your holidays on a Kite Camp, a private island built just for kitesurfing. The Amihan winds bring the ideal kiting conditions, usually November to April.
Remember: shorty springsuits are great for all kinds of weather. They keep your body warm in cooler climates but add sun protection in tropical weather. You should always pack booties, useful when kiting around coral reefs and rocky beaches.