13 of the World's Greatest Kiteboarding Spots

Catch the wind in these destinations promising perfect weather, water, and vibes.

Ask 50 people to list the world’s best kiteboarding spots and you’ll hear 50 different views. But one thing is certain: Nothing beats the pure feeling of harnessing the power of the wind to ride. For those who have caught the bug, kiteboarding becomes an obsession inspiring travel to far-flung reaches of the globe.

Check out this gallery featuring 13 of the world’s top kiteboarding destinations. Use this guide to choose a spot—then talk to locals for intel on epic sessions to suit your skill.

The scene: Some 60 miles off the coast of Morocco, the beaches at Fuerteventura feel like ocean-side outposts amid the island’s rocky desert. While popular with European tourists, Americans are few and far between. Best season: May–September What makes it great: Wind sweeps the shore day after day. No need to sit out when it shifts direction though, just drive to the other side of the island. Beginner tips: Flag Beach is one of the best spots for learners, but be wary of rocks that emerge at low tide. To get rad: Bring a small kite down to Sotavento to tackle gusty, side- and offshore winds and significant surf. What to do on no-wind days: Take a nap. Wind blows so consistently, you’ll be begging for a break.

Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain

The scene: Some 60 miles off the coast of Morocco, the beaches at Fuerteventura feel like ocean-side outposts amid the island’s rocky desert. While popular with European tourists, Americans are few and far between. Best season: May–September What makes it great: Wind sweeps the shore day after day. No need to sit out when it shifts direction though, just drive to the other side of the island. Beginner tips: Flag Beach is one of the best spots for learners, but be wary of rocks that emerge at low tide. To get rad: Bring a small kite down to Sotavento to tackle gusty, side- and offshore winds and significant surf. What to do on no-wind days: Take a nap. Wind blows so consistently, you’ll be begging for a break.
Photograph by Jan Wlodarczyk, Alamy
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