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Something else that adds even more chard to the beauty of this sport is the exploration and the traveling that comes with it Going on a kitesurfing holiday is one of the most refreshing things you can do as you end up seeing new places, meeting new people, and exercising your body all while doing what you love.
To help you make the first step towards your first kitesurfing trip, I’ve put together 5 steps help you before you head off on your windy adventure.
1. Find a Destination
When it comes to kitesurfing there will always be one requirement that puts anything else in the backseat. It has to be windy. So tan lines and nightlife aside, the first thing you need to do is to find out where there are winds during the time of your trip.
Luckily this is easy enough with a simple web site I set up some time ago. GlobalKiteSpots.com will give you a list of early season, peak season, and late season destinations for any given month. This chart is based on the prevailing trade winds that are very reliable. Certainly there are local variations and areas in the world where it’s hit or miss all year around, but as a starting point this will point you in the right direction.
2. List your needs
Once you’ve compiled a shortlist of possible destinations for your kitesurf holiday it’s time to look at any other needs. Probably budget is of great importance. Sure you can go to South Africa in February and have all the wind you want, but if you’re flying from Europe you might find kitesurfing in Egypt closer to your budget, and still quite likely to give you wind for your bucks.
Other things to consider are air/water temperature, waves vs. flat water, kite schools/ rental availability, nightlife, things to do on windless days etc.
All these things you can easily find out online with a little help from our friend Google, which leads us into our third step.
3. Research Local Spots
Maybe you’ve narrowed down your surfing trip destination to Canary Islands. Now you need to find which island to aim for, and what locals spot you can head to. A quick Google search should give you a list of local kite centers and schools, and usually there are also plenty of threads on forums such as Kite Forum and Kite Crowd. On my website I also put up reviews of every spot I visit as well.
4. Find a Cheap Flight
For finding the cheapest flight head to Skyscanner and put in destination and dates. Usually it’ll be a low budget airline like Ryanair or Easyjet. Bear in mind that if you’re bringing your own gear you’ll have to pay extra for sport equipment, and price and weight limits differ among airlines. For example Ryanair charges £50 one way and allows up to 20 kg, whereas Easyjet is, or at least used to be, more generous allowing up to 32 kg for £35 one way.
5. Find a Good Value Accommodation
Where do you want to be based? Maybe it makes sense to try a few different spots during your trip. For finding good and cheap accommodation there areobviously local hotels, easy enough to find via booking websites. If you want to be really close to the spot, the local kite centers quite often provide some basic accommodation in close proximity to the water.
And there you have it. Follow these 5 steps and have an amazing time on your next kitesurfing vacation!
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