Kitesurfing experience Fuerteventura

You will hear many different stories and experiences from people who made a kite trip to Fuerte, ranging from terrible kite horror to perfect kite flying days. Constant high winds to rocky spots or no wind? You need to know when and where to be depending on the variety of spots, wind, tides and wave conditions that change every day. If you’re planning a trip, keep reading! As an instructor who has taught in many different places around the world, I have to say that predicting wind conditions on Fuerte took me a long time to fully understand. But once you know it, it’s perfect because you can find a place to kite almost every day.

Sotavento Lagoon and gusty winds

Many people think of the Sotavento Lagoon when they go to Fuerte, as it is famous for hosting the annual World Cup. The water is flat and has a pleasant temperature, but the wind can be super gusty and strong. Because you are lifting your kite at the bottom of the mountain where the wind is coming over, you will face difficult conditions when launching your kite. The best thing to do here is to launch your kite halfway into the lagoon, where the wind is much more stabilized and keep the kite as far into the lagoon as possible, away from the mountains! We recommend making one or two trips to the lagoon, but not staying there as the wind conditions are much better in the north of the island!

No wind? Check which place you should go

Flag Beach, the most popular beach next to Corralejo, can be a super fun spot for different levels, but you need to make sure the wind direction is north to northwest. Instead, many people play the waiting game when the wind blows from the northeast. With this direction you will have light winds and a changing wind direction, which can make it a disappointing day of waiting.

Why is this difference so big?

This has to do with the wind shadows of the neighboring islands of Isla de los Lobos and Lanzarote. Looking at the photo below you can see that the northeasterly wind has to find its way past the volcano on Lobos to reach Flagbeach. This is one of the reasons why the wind direction changes from east to north almost every hour. Somehow most wind apps don’t show this correctly in their forecasts. Don’t wait for the wind, just go to El Cotillo and you will see that the wind can be steady and 5-15 knots more!

Reef and rocks? Check the tides or try a boat session!

Fuerte is a volcanic island, which means there are a lot of rocks at the kitesurfing spots, such as Flag Beach and the lagoons of El Cotillo. They are perfectly flat water spots at high tide. But make sure you only go during high tide to ensure you can enter and exit the water safely and there is enough space. If you have a good level you can also get in at Flag Beach during the low tide, but make sure you can stay upwind and know where to get in and out! If there is wind but the tide is too low, take a boat session and get out on the open water! This way you don’t have to worry about other kiters, low tides and reefs popping up and you have a lot more time to practice with the kite because you don’t have to walk into the wind during your sessions! We have people during boat sessions progress much faster compared to starting from the beach. You have plenty of space to practice and there is no need to walk back after every water start or ride!

Conclusie!

Fuerteventura kitesurf ervaring: Fuerteventura kan een heel lastig eiland zijn als je niet weet waar je voor het eerst heen moet. Maar met de constante wind die bijna elke dag waait en de verscheidenheid in mooie plekken om te ontdekken is het een kitesurfparadijs voor elk niveau. Als je nog steeds niet zeker weet naar welke plek je vandaag moet gaan, aarzel dan niet om contact met ons op te nemen, zodat we je kunnen helpen of kijk voor meer informatie naar onze Fuerteventura reis!