Kitesurfing or Kitesurf or Kiteboarding is a sport born in 90s as variant of surfing. This sport consists of gliding on the water thanks to the propulsion of a large kite, maneuvered through a control bar and four or five lines. In the recent years, Kitesurfing has achieved considerable popularity, and the kite spot for kitesurfing are many all over the world. In this page we will describe the Best Kite Spots for Kitesurfing in Europe: Garda Lake, Punta Trettu, Lo Stagnone, Tarifa, Fuerteventura.
Kitesurfing at Punta Trettu in Sardinia (Sardinia, Italy)
Punta Trettu, in the south west of Sardinia, is always kissed by the wind, in particular from the Mistral (north west) and from the Scirocco (south-east). If you also consider that in Punta Trettu the water is shallow and flat, it is easy to understand why the kite spot of Punta Trettu is considered by kitesurf lovers a real kitesurf paradise, especially by beginners, people that need to improve their level and freestylers.
In Punta Trettu, there are kite school like the Punta Trettu Kite Center Sardinia that offers various kite services e.g kite courses, kite rental, and also accommodation at the Punta Trettu Kitesurf House Sardinia.
Kitesurfing at Garda Lake (Italy)
Among the five most important destinations in Europe to practice kitesurf there is undoubtedly Garda Lake, one of the most popular destination for kitesurfing. Its popularity is due to the great termic winds and to the fact that it is easily accessible from many places being in the center of Europe, close to Austria, Germany, Switzerland and other countries.
The history of Italian windsurfing begins on Lake Garda where in the 70s the first boards came on the roof racks from Germany. The winds of Garda Lake, in particular the thermal winds (wind that is created due to the different temperatures between the water and the mainland) is the main strength as these winds are a constant that is repeated throughout all warm season.
The best known and most popular kite spots at Garda Lake are Torbole (Tn) and Malcesine (Vr).
Kitesurfing Lo Stagnone (Sicily, Italy)
Lo Stagnone, located in Marsala, is a lagoon.
From the beginning of spring until late September, the main wind are the thermal winds and ensure a high frequency of wind.
As in Punta Trettu, water is low and flat with a mixed sandy-muddy bottom.
Kitesurfing in Tarifa (Spain)
Tarifa, in Spain, is considered one of the most important place in Europe for tkitesurfing and to demonstrate this, you can imagine that there are many kite schoold here.
In the area of Tarifa there are several kite spots. The main Kite Spots of Tarifa, are:
- Los Lances, the main and most famous kite spot of Tarifa, reacheble in a few minutes by car from the city center. The best wind with the west wind.
- Playa de Valdevaqueros, 8 kilometers from Tarifa, is a very long beach and a good kite spot with est wind (offshore).
- Playa Punta Paloma, located 9 km from the center of Tarifa. It is a clean and wide beach. With an east wind it is a good place for beginners.
Kitesurfing in Fuerteventura (Spain)
There are several spot for kitesurfing in Fuerteventura, from the north to the south of the island.
In the South of Fuerteventura there is the famous spot of Sotavento where the René Egli Pro Center stands. Sotavento is synonymous with boundless beach, lagoons formed by the tides and strong, very strong winds, even if often really gusty!).
In the North of Fuerteventura, the main spot is Flag Beach, a beautiful beach in the Las Dunas Natural Park of Corralejo. At the kite spot of Flag Beach there is the Flagbeach watersports center which offers courses, rentals, etc. At the Flag Beach the predominant wind is the north-east which blows side on from spring to late summer. Sea conditions are mostly chop or small wave. A completely different matter in autumn – winter when the swells arrive from the north and the wind blows more often from the southeast: in these conditions the waves grow in size, become much more consistent and are really perfect for kite surfing.
Flag Beach is frequented by many beginners, however it is not a safe spot for less experienced kiters (also because many rocks that emerge with low tide).