Fuerteventura: the real homeland of kitesurfing and permanent home of the World Championship. Here the sea wind is stronger and the locations are more spacious allowing those who practice this sport to have fun in a safe chill environment that grants total freedom.
In Fuerteventura Kitesurf enthusiasts arrive all year round because here the wind is constant, and temperatures are always warm and sweet. What’s more in choosing this sport one will also enjoy the islands beautiful inlets and beaches, a pleasure to which many have never fully experienced.
Fuerteventura is one of the Most Popular Destinations for kitesurfing around the world. The island based off the Canary archipelago has everything needed to make it the ideal kite trip destination! If you are yet to visit, put simply you must go!! A trip to Fuerteventura is cheap, easily accessible, offers a variety of ideal activities other than kite for people accompanying you not interested in kiting (for instance children) and most importantly … has the perfect Windy Conditions to suit your Kite experience.
- Kite Fuerteventura Kite School
- Where We Are
- Where To Kite in Fuerteventura
- General Information
- Studied Topics
The courses can last a couple of days or more (up to you to request individual days or group) and includes theoretical training, beach practice and water exercises. To get you up and running smoothly.
Our headquarters is based in Lajares, close to Corralejo, a town buzzing with an incredible social atmosphere and unbeatable beaches for the kitesurfing practice in central Fuerteventura.
No matter your level, both beginners and advanced will find the right conditions to navigate. Depending on the direction of the wind we teach classes on the east coast, Flagbeach, or on the west coast in El Cotillo, always in search of the best wind for you.
The best places for beginners include Flag Beach (close to Corralejo), Cotillo and Costa Calma, and let not forget Sotavento’s beautiful strand.
If you are experienced, and already have excellent control of the kite and the board and you like to surf waves, you will prefer the North part of the island.
- Don’t cheat on your level. You waste time and money trying to do things you can’t do;
- Remember that at sea everything is more difficult, so be sure that the theory is clear before getting out onto the water.
- The rescue service is guaranteed by the schools until 4.30 pm and if you are not taking a course or you have not rented the school material, each recovery will cost you € 50, so NEVER venture into waters far from the schools and NEVER go down in the water after 16:30if you don’t have a nice full piggy bank;
- Equiptment and Costs. Buying new gear as a beginner may seem like awaist of time and money, for this reason we 100% advise beginners to first rent the gear, get used to the sizes of the kite that fits your weight and body size and go from there. There really is no use buying new gear as a beginner if you really want to invest in some equiptment your best looking online or in shops for second hand gear in good condition. For the first purchase, you should ask for some guidance from your instructor or even from the shop owners. Your first kite will always have a place in your heart.
- Kitesurfing is for everyone: being as it is a water activity and taking advantage of the hydrodynamic factor, it is a non-traumatic sport, errors are in fact forgiven by the “elastic” effect of the water which protects from bumps and injuries, which are much more frequent in widespread sports such as football, skiing or volleyball. This sport is aimed at everyone between the ages of 10 and over, there is no weight or height limit Kite is more of a technical sport than of strength and as in all disciplines of the sea a good aquatic quality, swimming skills and healthy and robust constitution is required. A particular physical form is not necessary, a normal gym training, where exercising all the muscle groups necessary for the athletic gesture such as legs, arms and abdominals, is sufficient to sustain, especially for the first lessons, the physical fatigue that will be encountered during the basic course and then later in individual endeavours;
- There are two types ofharness for Kitesurfing: the high or banded (Waist) and the low or seated (Seat). The low one does not rise because it has bands under the legs that keep it still and is highly recommended for beginners and for those with back problems. The high one facilitates the movements and is recommended for those who want to try free-style maneuvers.
- Even if kite can be practiced alone it is always better to have someone who helps you launching and above all keeps you in check when you’re in the water;
- Always be sure to be insured! Our School offers an all-inclusive insurance. Insurance is a good way to stay safe from legal problems towards third party and covers any incidence that may require health care, emergency care or first aid, covering daily allowances and hospital expenses. Furthermore, in some areas reserved for kitesurfing it is mandatory to have a specific insurance policy. Insurance coverage is valid against risks to third parties and for personal accidents due to accidents occurring during kitesurfing;
Dimensions of the kite range from 17 to 4 square meters. The size of the kite depends on the strength of the wind: the kite is large, when the wind is light; it is small, when the wind is strong. This is something that may seem obvious to most of the readers: but experience shows it is not well understood.
In kitesurfing, as in everything, learning takes time. In principle, I can tell you that you will hardly learn in 2 days, but already by 5-6 days (if conditions are favourable) you might be able to glide with the board under your feet and kite in the air.
Usually once you have finished the basic course you will be able to stand on the board, even if only for a few meters. From here the next step is to manage the glide and after a few more days the windward course will finally allow you to return to the starting point and climb up wind. From this moment on, we can say that the learning phase of kitesurfing is finished, which is also the most tiring and often frustrating part. From here on the progression phase begins, which will lead you to experiment and learn new tricks, skills and manoeuvres.
If you decide to attend a kitesurf course, as suggested by us, you won’t have to buy anything at the beginning. Our Kitesurfing schools provide all the equipment needed to get started. This will allow you to get closer to the practice of this sport with minimum investment, compared to the cost of buying complete new or used equipment. At the end of the course, if you are passionate about kitesurfing, the instructor can give you some tips on which equipment is right for you, depending also on the spot you usually practice in.
Buying the equipment after attending a kitesurf course will allow you to orientate yourself much better in choosing the right gear. Trust us!
Once you have experienced the feeling of gliding over the water, you won’t want to give it up. Even if this means living permanently with an eye on the weather, the trunk of the car full of sand and the thought of the next kitetrip on your mind.
- Security. Safety is the most important thing in every sport. Nowadays Kite is extremely safe sport especially if you know the basics when it come to the safety;
- procedures. Our instructors will first tell you how to use every safety system there is to be found on the kite and how to react to every possible dangerous situation: if you listen and understand these couple of concepts you will never have to fear your ride;
- Meteorology. Understanding weather and the meteo forecast is essential to always being able to have fun once on the beach. Not reading the overcast properly is very common and there is always someone on the beach with a too small or too big kite. Wind direction, wind intensity and constancy are the basics; it is also important to be able to understand local winds (thermal winds) that are usually not forecasted by meteorology websites;
- Assembly and disassembly of the kite. It is super important to be able to unfold the kite in the right way depending on the wind intensity and direction. If the process is not done in the right way you will easily break your kite or be a danger to yourself or other persons. You must carefully listen the instructor as they explain carefully kiting do’s and don’ts;
- Kite control basics. Did you ever hear about the eight or infinite movement? In the first phase you will move the kite from the right down to the centre, up to the left and again to the other side. This is necessary for you to be able to understand how to move the kite in the wind window and how to contrast the different power you will feel while the kite moves;
- Self rescue.
- Bodydrag. Necessary to be able to be independent in the water. Body drag will help you to move upwind or downwind without a board on your feet;
- Kite takeoff and landing techniques.
- Upwind navigation.
Question: “A friend of mine is very good, he jumps from the water and lands on the beach taking off the table. Will I succeed in doing that too?”
No. IKO teaching keeps safety in mind: for us and for you it is of primary importance. The beach is a place of transit to be used for the shortest possible time: to enter the sea and return to land. It is not a stage and any improper use of the area is a risk for the community.
Question: “I’m very light, is it possible that with a gust of wind I can fly away ?”
Answer: No, of course there is the right kite size for every rider. Our staff will know how to calibrate it for your weight and level; from 30kg to 140kg you won’t have any problems.
Question: [Technique] “Should I bring sun cream, glasses and lip balm?”
Answer: We recommend maximum protection from the sun, especially for those who are not used. Keep in mind that abounding in protection is a good idea. In fact, in water, the protection factor generally decreases, and the “mirror” effect of water amplifies the effects on the skin. Keep in mind though when applying oily protection to your hands should be avoided because the control of the kite and the activation of the safety systems require a firm and firm grip. Oils and creams, tend to remain on the bars, generally coat and compromise the necessary qualities of grip.
About the glasses, it is recommended to use them to always have a clear vision during the lesson.
Why to choose us
- Learn modern theories and techniques and constantly updated your skill set;
- Minimize time, speeding up your learning with proven and recognized methods;
- Learn safety first; yours and that of those around you;
- Being an IKO school we are part of a huge net, and you can continue your course in one of the thousand IKO schools in the world, with the certification we will give you.
- Find the “ideal” wind conditions and mild temperatures all year round!
- Save money;
- Have a personal certificate, with your level, recognizable all over the world;
Meet other kiters and widen your connections;
- Have equipment that is calibrated for your real needs;
- Have the chance to try different equipment and test the differences with your own experience;
- Rely on the experience of a qualified staffat your service not only in the water but also in the reception and refreshment services of the beach, that offers every kind of comfort to the students and their friends/families;