Let's go kiting
Kitesurfing is one of the easiest watersports to learn. Follow a clear process to ensure you are taught in the right way by our kitesurf instructor. When you are up and riding you can easily progress to first jumps in no time. To get the feeling of being powered by the wind as you fly across the water, try kitesurfing.
FAQ'SWe have pulled together for you the 10 most popular questions we get asked around kitesurfing and learning to kitesurf.
Is kitesurfing easy to learn?
Kitesurfing is one of the easiest watersports to learn, if you already have some experience of any other water-sport, wakeboarding, skateboarding or kite flying you will pick it up quicker as it all helps. Everybody learns at a different speed some of our guests are up and kiting within an 8 hour course and some take a lot longer, there is no need to worry if you take longer the most important is you are having fun and enjoying it.
We do recommend a 12 Hour kite course as a good foundation with one of our expert instructors, this will take you through the first three stages of learning how to kitesurf so you should have experienced your first ride on the board by the end of the course and riding downwind a bit and beginning to think about your posture and stance to ride upwind.
You can try also our: Beginner Pack
Can I learn kitesurfing on my own?
How old do i need to learn to kitesurf?
We are insured to teach from 9 years and older, depending on the size and mindset we would normally start from 11 years old. We would recommend private lessons only for children, to ensure our instructor is next to them at all times, for their safety.
Is kitesurfing difficult to learn?
For kitesurfing the power is taken through your harness, so you don’t need to be particularly strong to kite. You do need a normal level of fitness and you need to be able to swim.
Can I practice kitesurfing on my own after lessons?
What size of kite will I use to learn?
There is no set kite size that you will use, kite size depends on your height and weight, as well as the conditions and wind strength. Our qualified instructors choose the right size for you and the conditions you are learning in.
Are the kite lessons insured?
Can I try different kite as I rent kite equipment?
Yes of course, we have a full range of kite equipment for rent from Duotone, Evo, Vegas, Rebel, Dice and Neo kites. We also have equipment from Peter Lynn. As the conditions change throughout the day you can change the size of your kite accordingly. You can also try the selection of boards from twin tips, wave boards or foils as well if you would like. We also offer a launch, landing and rescue service.
What is included in the kite rental?
The standard kite rental includes everything that you need so your kite, bar, board, harness and wetsuit. If you have already brought some of your own gear or just dont have the right size kite we can tailor the option to suit you so kite only rental or board only rental for example.
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How much wind do I need to kitesurf?
For kitesurfing the wind range is huge, with the light wind kites and foil boards, this means you can kite with very little wind from 10 knots and above. For the normal kiter and for lessons you need 15 knots or more to be able to kite comfortably. The wind range from learning how to kite is from 12 - 15 knots through to 40 knots.
Kitesurfing has advanced over the last few years across a multiple of disciplines, from twin tip freestyle manoeuvres as well as wave riding with your kite and a surfboard, and the newest foiling, enabling you to kite in very low wind.
“Kitesurfing is just about me, it is not about being a mum, a wife, a never ending to do list or a tricky balancing act, it is just about me, my kite and the sea. It gives me a moment to breathe, to see and most importantly to not think about anything except the now. That is why I love kiting, I love the space, the freedom and the moments just to be.”
– Sara, @explorawatersports
“For me kiteboarding is an escape and an outlet for both my body and mind. It is an amazing sport and something that I have engaged in for most of my life. It has the power to educate you about the elements as well as put you in touch with nature and motivate you to explore. As a very individual sport it allows your own expression with no-one to tell you what to do and only mother nature to answer to.” – Tom Court, UK's top kiter
Where to go kiting?
#destinations In all of our three destinations Essaouira, Tarifa and Dakhla we offer kitesurfing, where to go depends on the type of kiting & holiday you are looking for but you can always travel to each one in turn.
Essaouira Kitesurf in Morocco
Essaouira is ocean kiting, we love it because it offers you the space and freedom on the water. If there are 20 kites it is a busy day. The bay is long and curved, with side on wind it offers you a safe and protected spot to learn. There are flat water spots at high tide, in the winter months there is also flat water at the river mouth. You then have a mix of choppy water and wave spots to the left of our centre. When you are not kiting you can explore the vibrant old medina and harbour which creates a good mix of holiday.
Tarifa The Kitesurf Mecca
Ocean kiting with the long stretch of 10km beach it is known as the Kite Mecca of Europe, the water is a variety of flat, choppy with waves in the winter. The wind stats are good for a lot of the year with the added thermic effect if the wind is Poniente means you can kite most days throughout the season. You then have an array of chiringuitos along the beach offering a cold cerveza or mojito to kick off the evening. Tarifa is a small town with a huge vibe, so if you want tapas and a bit of a party in the evenings after a long day of kiting this is the place for you.
Dakhla The Kitesurf Playground
In summary a huge lagoon with flat water and a wave spot the other side of the peninsula, 300 windy days a year. Dakhla is however remote so all of the camps offer full board so very much the focus is on kite, eat, sleep and repeat. If you want a pure kite holiday which the only focus is kiting then this is a good place for you, as there is very little culture and not much else to do.