We just discovered this article that was written back in 2005 about the best kept kitesurfing secrets. Obviously 15 years later these ‘4 unknown kitesurf spots to visit’ are now on the whole well known. But that doesn’t mean that they are still not worth visiting!
So we thought it would be fun to republish the article. Not only will it give you the chance to hark back a decade and a half to a time kitesurfing was still relatively new, but it can open up discussions about the best kept kitesurfing secrets. What are the current up and coming kite spots that have yet to get the limelight they deserve?
Below is the existing article. Back in 2005 this was a popular article on KiteboardingHolidays.com, that site was merged into AWE365.com about five years ago. But the article has not been published for at least 10 years – we are not sure why… Our up to date comments on each destination are in italics.
Kitesurfing is one of the world’s fastest growing sports. If you’re what sales-speak might refer to as an ‘early adopter’ this could be a double edged sword.
It’s satisfying in a ‘told-you-so’ kind of way but frustrating as you can barely open your front door without bumping into the newest kitesurf zealot. Which leaves you even less room at the beach.
Rest assured there are still plenty of unknown kitesurf spots to visit where you won’t crash into your Gran! So here’s a quick guide to the best secret kitesurfing destinations. But get there quick because people gossip, no matter how many times you tell them not to.
In no particular order here are 4 of the best kept kitesurfing secrets:
This is the perfect place for the more advanced rider. Cape Verde is exposed to Atlantic winds which means things can get pretty spectacular. Great if you’re up for the challenge but just as good if you want to watch the experts show you how it’s done.
In kitesurf circles Cape Verde has been well and truly on the map for many years. Still well worth a visit as it makes a great holiday and there is plenty of water to go around!
Clinging to the edge of the Sahara, kiteboarding in Dakhla is the place to go if you’re not too fussed about creature comforts. If you’re less interested in a holiday and go weak at the knees for wind, then this is definitely the right place for you. There are shallow lagoons for less experienced riders and the Atlantic coast beckons for those who want challenging waves.
Boasting everything from four star hotels to basic self catered apartments, Dakhla is no longer one of the best kept kitesurfing secrets. But the kitesurfing is just as good! However, now it offers a proper holiday experience with restaurants, bars and other facilities.
Ok, the Bahamas is hardly a secret destination and it’s certainly no stranger to tourists, but not many of them kitesurf. It’s more of a ‘cocktails by the beach’ kind of place, which means you won’t have to share the crystal blue water and perfect conditions with many others. And it’s not the worst place to relax after a day in the water either.
Of these 4 unknown kitesurf spots to visit Exuma is the one that has changed the least. Tourist numbers have increased and there are plenty of activities in Exuma. But it is still a relatively unspoilt destination and not widely known about in kite circles.
Pretend to your friends and family that you have suddenly discovered a passion for antiquities and book yourself on the next flight to Egypt. By the time they’ve figured out you were lying you’ll be enjoying the morning thermals. A word of warning though, Sharm El Sheik is known as the Vegas of Egypt, so don’t expect any classy nightlife.
In July 2005, a few months after the original article was published, Sharm El Sheik experienced terrorist bombings. After that it rebuilt its reputation to be a very popular kitesurfing destination. Unfortunately, safety in Egypt has been in the spotlight since terrorist attacks 2015. Sharm is still great for kitesurfing – just check the latest FCO Egypt advice before you book.