All those kitesurfers who have been on the board for a few years usually already know where the conditions for this wonderful sport are good for their needs and where they are. Where the food tastes good, the mood is right and where the chance of wind is high.
Since the learning success and safety of our customers and all other kiters is important to us, we have decided to publish this article. It is aimed at those kitesurfers who have just completed a beginner’s course and are able to climb upwind and go onto the water alone. But don’t want to miss out on the amenities of a protected environment. This includes a defined take-off and landing zone with experienced helpers, an organized rescue and usually kite storage at the spot.
And there are some useful travel tips on top.
In this blog we present several areas that have proven themselves for beginners and where thousands of kiters have already taken their first steps.
So if you’ve ever wondered:
Kitesurfing spots for beginners?
Where to go after the kite course?
Kite travel destinations for beginners and intermediates?
Where is there a standing area?
Where can I find the safest possible conditions for my first kite sessions?
Here are some suggestions.
Austria / Lake Neusiedl
Lake Neusiedl is located in the very east of Austria, near the border with Slovakia and Hungary, a small part of the lake is even on Hungarian territory. The area around the lake is characterized by tourism and viticulture, Burgenland is known worldwide for the good wines that are produced in the vineyards around the lake. Hundreds of wind turbines are also present, which on the one hand make Burgenland completely energy self-sufficient and on the other hand are a sign of the abundant wind supply.
And that brings us to the topic: The wind blows here mainly in spring and autumn, driven by low-pressure areas that usually come from the North Atlantic and move across Burgenland in their path.
Before the bad weather fronts, there is the mostly constant southerly wind, during the front then mostly rain, storm and bad weather – and as soon as the front is through, the lake is aerated with wind from northerly directions. Then the kite community meets in Podersdorf, which can look back on decades of history as a hotspot for wind and kite surfing.
The Neusiedlersee has a depth of around one and a half meters over the entire area, around one meter in the shore areas, i.e. an extensive standing area. The upwind service, which all schools on the lake offer, is particularly recommended for beginners. The kitesurfer is taken a few kilometers upwind in a motorboat and can then work on his/her technique in peace.
The schools at the lake:
Kitesurfing.at https://www.kitesurfing.at/ +43 699 196 78 682
Westcoastkiters https://westcoastkiters.at/ +43 664 342 79 63
Kite2fly https://www.kite2fly.com/ +43 664 411 69 57
Kiteriders https://www.kiteriders.at/ +43 699 812 58 917
Lo Stagnone / Sicily Italy
Located near Trapani and Marsala, Lo Stagnone is one of the largest shallow water lagoons in Europe. The water is crystal clear and shallow everywhere, ideal kite conditions as far as the eye can see. The lagoon is ventilated by all wind directions, in spring and autumn by low pressure cells and in summer by thermals. The different wind directions are not an issue here, the lagoon is only connected to the open sea in the far north by a very shallow passage.
If you want to kite a little away from the kite schools or are looking for deep water, you have kilometers of space to discover your perfect “private spot” for yourself, because the lagoon is almost endless! Before going on the water, you should inquire at a school about the current legal regulations.
Best travel time: September to November and March to July
Not recommended travel time: July and August
Stagnone Kitesurf https://www.stagnonekitesurf.com/ +393807193438
Flow Kitesurf School Sicily https://kiteschoolsicily.com/ +393914122728
Sicily Kiteboarding Club https://www.sicilykiteboardingclub.com/ +393480063513
Torre Lopa Kite Schule https://kitesurfsizilien.com/de/ +393317533044
Stagnone Kiteboarding https://www.stagnonekiteboarding.com/ +393394442845
Wind Water Wine https://www.windwaterwine.com/ +39 329 733 10 49
Borkum / Netherlands
Borkum is a small sleepy island in the Wadden Sea off the Dutch coast. Arrival is by car to Eemshaven and then by ferry to Borkum. Borkum Bay offers a very large standing area and is protected from the open sea on all sides. The western part of the beach is a nature reserve and is reserved for seals and may not be accessed by kite surfers. The Borkum offshore wind farm with 70 wind turbines is evidence of stable wind conditions, the locals report almost daily wind, which often reaches storm force in autumn and winter.
The kite school at the spot:
World of Wind https://worldofwind.de/ +491735327087
France / Beauduc
Pink flamingos, campers and sandy beaches as far as the eye can see. Beauduc on the southern French Mediterranean coast is a kitesurfing El Dorado for nature lovers and adventurers.
The kite spot is located between the French metropolises of Marseille and Montpellier. The approximately 20 km long, crescent-shaped bay is the main spot for kite surfing in the Camargue. In particular, surfers who are traveling with their mobile homes and tents appreciate the remoteness of this kite spot. The bay is protected by several sandbars, so moderate conditions for kitesurfing can be found in front of them.
On a good day, the waves can pile up to two meters behind the sandbanks. There is no kite school directly at the spot, the nearest schools are on the nearby banks of the Rhone:
Absolutkiteboarding https://absolutkiteboarding.fr/ +33688151093
Lilikitesurf https://www.lilikitesurf.com/ +33615336563
Best travel time: April to October
Months not recommended for travel: December to February
Ilha de Guajiru / Brazil
About two and a half hours north of Fortaleza is Irarema, where there is a large shallow lagoon. Wind season there is from September to December, the wind is very regular and blows around 25 knots day and night. Since the wind is cross-onshore and almost never changes direction, rescue is not an issue here. If you like rules and restrictions, you’re in the wrong place here. This is also the special charm of this beautiful lagoon, which has everything to offer in the wind season that makes a kiter’s heart beat faster. The hostels (pousadas) are right on the beach or in the second row of houses, you take off and land in front of the hotels and pousadas, regardless of whether you live there or not. People don’t take it too seriously in Brazil. The friendliness and helpfulness of the locals alone is worth a trip.
Best travel time: September to December
Not recommended travel time: January to May
Schools on the spot:
Barracadokite https://www.barracadokite.com/ +5588997184289
7Beaufort https://www.7beaufort.com/ +5588998241591
Nomade Kite Camp https://nomadedokite.com/casa-nomade/ +5521978740138
Soul Kite Brasil https://soulkitebrazil.com/ +5585999797150
DoMar https://domar-brasil.com/ +5588992101768
Hura Beach https://hurabeach.com/ +5588996161838