5 Top Kitesurfing Destinations You Must Experience

As one of the hottest up and coming water sports in the world, kitesurfing is quickly gaining popularity and followers all over the world. An exciting and intense sport, kitesurfing is a great way to tune into nature, as your body and senses must be fully aligned with not only the waves, but the wind as well. Whether you have been kitesurfing for many years or you are a relatively recent devotee, these 5 destinations are must-visit spots for some of the best kitesurfing opportunities in the world.

Kitesurfing Maui Hawaii

Editor’s note: To avoid confusion, this is NOT a ranked list of the top 5 kiteboarding destinations in the world, but rather a list of top destinations we think you should experience. There are of course many other great spots; however it is virtually impossible to create a ranked list of the top 5 kite spots, because everyone will have varying opinions on what makes a spot great. It is also virtually impossible for one rider to have kited at every single kite spot around the world. If you know of a spot that should be on this list, tell us about it in the comments below, and we’ll include it in our reader’s choice post in the near future.

1. Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

While North Carolina is neither the most exotic nor warmest place in the world year-round, it’s hard to beat this location in the summer months, especially if you live in the United States. And for those who live on the East Coast, Cape Hatteras is just an easy drive or quick flight away to find yourself on its beautiful beaches dotted with blowing coastal grasses! Kitesurfers love it for its generous open space and perfectly consistent summer winds, as well as the fact that they have access to both the shallower sound side and wide open ocean side with plenty of rolling waves. Plus all travelers alike can appreciate the area’s quaint charm, fresh seafood and serene surroundings.

2. La Ventana, Baja California

La Ventana Kiteboarding in Baja California

On the other side of the country and across the border to Mexico you’ll find La Ventana in Baja California. Kiteboarders flock to this breathtaking coastal town for its beauty as well as its pristine kiteboarding conditions, thanks to its steady winter winds and large L-shaped beach. The conditions are perfect for both beginners as well as more advanced kitesurfers looking to practice their skills. Known to locals as the Sea of Cortez, UNESCO declared the sparkling waters a World Heritage Site for its abundance of sea life and natural beauty. Warm, sunny days will lend the perfect backdrop for kitesurfing here, plus you can look forward to awesome Cali-Mex cuisine when you need a break from the water.

3. Maui, Hawaii

Ho'okipa Maui Hawaii Kitesurfing

There’s no doubt about it–Maui, Hawaii is truly a tropical paradise, but it’s also one of the most incredible kitesurfing spots in the world. Maui has steady trade winds year-round, but you’ll find that the strongest winds are in the spring and summer; and for those who are seeking out monstrous waves, winter is definitely the time to go. Maui offers a lot of space to kitesurf, as surfers, snorkelers and those simply looking to spend the day lounging often flock to different beaches that are better-suited to their needs. The island is warm throughout the year and it’s perfect for both beginners and those with a more advanced skill-set. Plus when you’re not concentrating on the surf, you can enjoy the lush greenery, tropical flowers, incredible sunsets and laidback Maui vibe.

As testament to the quality of kitesurfing on Maui, particularly for wave riding, MAUI was chosen as one of the stops on the KSP World Pro tour two years in a row. Here’s what went down at the Kite Surf Pro Hawaii, along with great images and videos.

4. Boracay, Philippines

Boracay Philippines Kiteboarding

Located in Southeast Asia, Boracay is known for its stunning white sandy beaches, and it has become one of the most popular travel destinations amongst tourists. And as an added bonus, it offers some of the best kitesurfing in Southeast Asia! On one side there are a ton of beach-front luxury accommodations perfect for lounging, while the other windier side is ideal for kitesurfing and windsurfing. The windy season is during the dry, winter months, making Boracay perfect for kitesurfers who are looking to escape the bitter chill of winter. In addition to the kitesurfing, Boracay boasts tropical scenery, friendly natives and great nightlife making it the perfect spot for both families and kiteboarders alike.

5. Nabq, Egypt

Nabq Kiteboarding Egypt

Situated on the southeastern coast of the Sinai Peninsula in between Dahab and Sharm-el-Sheikh, Nabq, Egypt is by far one of the most exotic kitesurfing locations in the world. The Gulf of Aqaba provides the area with smooth and steady winds while the desert-like beach town provides a beautiful backdrop. The Red Sea is crystal clear and relatively smooth depending where you go, while the weather is great year-round. You won’t have to travel far to find glamorous chic resorts or basic backpacker accommodations, allowing you to lodge wherever you (and your budget) are most comfortable.

Like traveling, kitesurfing is all about adventure, and in addition to these spots, there are so many more to see. Start planning your travels and see where the wind takes you!

Editor’s note: We think Cape Town, South Africa should also be mentioned as one of the top kitesurfing destinations everyone should experience, although we might be a bit biased… ;-)

What’s your favorite kitesurfing spot and why do you love it? Let us know in the comments below…

Update: We’ve had a lot of suggestions for top kiteboarding destinations from our readers via our social channels, so we’re planning on doing a follow up article that includes all the suggestions from you guys. So please post a comment below of your favourite spot and what you like about it, and we’ll include it our future post.

Image 1 (Maui, Hawaii) by Richard Hallman courtesy of the KSP World Pro Tour
Image 2 (La Ventana, Baja California) by Raúl Amador Geraldo
Image 3 (Maui, Hawaii) courtesy of the KSP World Pro Tour
Image 5 (Nabq, Egypt) courtesy of High Tech Kite Travel

About the author: Susan is a blogger for InStyleSwimwear.com, an online swimwear retailer based out of Philadelphia. To read more of Susan’s articles or to catch up on the latest news, styles and trends in the swimwear industry, check out their swimwear blog today.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this!!! I would like to suggest Diani Beach in Kenya , Paje and Kiwengwa on Zanzibar Island!

  2. Michael says:

    As your tendency is towards the US …you missed River Gorge and spots in Florida. Dakhla in Marocco should be on the list as well. But the list is never complete without Prea in Brazil and other brazilian spots.

    • Thanks for the suggestions Michael. We’ll be sure to include these spots in our readers choice round up that we are planning to publish as soon as we have enough suggestions.

      Please note that this article isn’t a top 5 spots post, but rather a 5 top spots… meaning that it is just 5 spots that the author suggests, and by no means claims to be the best 5 spots to kite. It is virtually impossible to list the top kitesurfing destinations, because everyone has a different opinion of what makes a spot great, and it is also almost impossible for one person to have kited at every single good spot around the world. So a list like this will always be subjective…

      Our goal is to just collect and curate as many of the great spots around the world as we can, without ranking them in any order, or claiming one better than the other.

  3. I’m surprised that Maui came in at number three when:
    1) Maui is the place where all of the elements and people came together and created the sport known as kiteboarding,
    2) Maui has enough wind to kite every month and other destinations are just seasonal,
    3) the wind usually lines up perfectly for riding the world class waves,
    4) on any trade-wind day there are waves to be surfed,
    5) during the winter months you can kite with humpback whales breaching in the back ground,
    6) Wainman Hawaii, Airsuh, Naish, Cabrihna, North, Core, Slingshot and Vari all test their kites here
    7) you can surf from Maui to other islands and return in the same day.
    8) we have world class resorts, golf, biking and restaurants.

    • All valid points Troy, but as I tried to explain in the comment above, this isn’t a ranked list, or even a list of the best spots. To stress this point and to avoid further confusion, we’ve added a note at the top of the list explaining this.

      I’m sure you’ll agree that there no way to make an objective list that claims the best spots in the world, but we will do a future post that lists great spots that our readers like and what makes them so great. We’ll be sure to include all the points about Maui mentioned in your comment.

      Thank you for your insightful contribution.

  4. La Ventana is definitely one of the best kiteboarding locations in the world. You should visit this amazing mexican kite spot during the winter ( from October to March). More info about this kiteboarding destination: http://kitesurfvacation.com/?page_id=2156&lang=en

  5. Barbados – specifically Silver Sands beach has been highlighted as one of the best launch areas for kitesurfing.

  6. Good stuff! Can’t please everyone all the time, but any info on the topic is good info, IMO. I am from Atlanta, but have lived in Cabarete for almost 3 years. I learned in Cab when I moved here, so I am partial and hope you will include it in an article sometime. I am excited to hear about Cape Hatteras, since I am from the South and all!

    • Yeah, unfortunately we can’t… even though we did try to make it clear what the intentions of the post were… ;-)

      Cabarete should definitely be on our up coming list, so we’ll email you when the time comes to ask if you can provide us a bit of information about the spots etc. Cape Hatteras is definitely a special place, and I was lucky enough to kite there many, many years ago…

  7. Diana says:

    Great article! Am looking for a good kite spot in October-November…
    At the moment my partner and I are teaching kitesurfing on beautiful Koh Phangan with KiteSurfAsia Koh Phangan Kiteschool. Clear and flat water, white beaches, good winds: a beautiful paradise in the Gulf of Thailand.

  8. royston says:

    Any votes for Blackpool? :) Just got back from Soma Bay – by far the best spot in Egypt I’ve been to!

  9. Why not Mauritius island? It is one huge place with many nice spots for each kiting level :)

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