Photograph by Szymon Barylski, Alamy
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Kitesurfers glide across the water at Morocco's Essaouira beach.

Photograph by Szymon Barylski, Alamy

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.