Kitesurfing
In Hurghada

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Kitesurfing in Hurghada

Hurghada , is where it all started

The well established town of Hurghada has always been considered a paradise for windsurfers, but with the growing popularity of kitesurfing here many kiters found spots with perfect conditions for this new water sport.

The area south of Hurghada in particular has some nice bays, with long beaches and a sandy bottom where you can easily practice cruising, jumping and freestyle.

A couple of bays are protected from high waves by extensive offshore sandbanks, thus creating great kitesurfing conditions.

The wind blows almost always side onshore from the left, with an average speed of 4 – 7 Bft from April to October and with 3 – 4 Bft from November to March.



Practical Advice on Kitesurfing

What do bring along – Equipment rental / storage

Kitesurf equipment is usually not as bulky and heavy as other surf equipment and usually fits into an
oversized bag – this is not the case with other windsurf boards and sails. However, you had better check
with your airline company if excess weight and luggage are allowed, in most cases, you will have to pay an
extra fee for your extra luggage! If you would like to rent the necessary equipment, it is highly
recommended to make a reservation with the kitesurf center well in advance, to make sure that your
favorite board and Kite are available.

Bring along as well plenty of sun blockers, maybe your personal wetsuit or rash guard, depending on the
season. Keep in mind that the water temperature can drop to an uncomfortable 20 degrees in February and
March, whereas you do not have to worry in the late summer months when the water warms to as much as
29 degrees. If you do bring your equipment along, you can store it safely at the professional centers,
subject to certain storage fees.

Professional centers will offer the latest gear, suitable for beginners up to advanced kiters. Boards and
kites come in different sizes, depending on your experience level and wind strength and you might find
brands like Duotone, Airush, Cabrinha, and F-One.



Kitesufing Conditions

Kitesurfing is possible in winds from 8 to 10 knots, about 3 Bft, to a maximum of 20 / 27 knots, or 6 to 7
Bft, depending on the size of the kite you choose and your level of experience and skills. The wind direction
from cross-shore is considered to be the best, and the coasts of Egypt have plenty of it, especially in the
summer months! If you ride with offshore winds – this means the wind comes from the land – make sure
to stay close to the coast, or that there is a rescue boat patrolling; otherwise you might have a hard time
coming back!

Like with many other water sports activities, beginners will prefer shallow lagoons with a sandy bottom,
sheltered from the waves and with no obstacles such as rocks and stones in the water. Kiters also need an
extensive practice area, away from windsurfers or other water sports enthusiasts, so that everyone can
enjoy their own spot in a safe environment. In some places, you will be taken to appropriate lagoons or
deserted bays not far from the centre; the transfer is usually included in the service. You usually would
always start from shallow lagoons with long down winds, to progress in your way to navigate.

If you are a beginner, you do not need to bring anything; the center will provide you with all you need. A
good idea, however, is to bring along booties, a lycra shirt and some shorts in the summer are fine (from
April to November), or full long sleeve surf suit for the colder months. Always bring plenty of sunscreen!



Kitesurfing Courses in the Red Sea

There are many things to learn when you start, and getting used to the kitesurfing equipment is essential. If you try out a ‘taster’ course, usually with instruction of only 2 to 3 hours, you might learn how to fly and control a small kite on the beach. Proper courses over a couple of days will teach you basic skills such as kite launching, flying, landing, usage of the bar, lines and essential safety devices. During a week long course, you will learn more about kite setup, operation, maintenance, kite size and type considerations, and operation of all safety systems. Good centres also provide video support for training. And of course, the weather conditions play a significant role, you need to know when the wind becomes too strong and kitesurfing might become hazardous. Advanced stuff deals with weather planning and hazards, launch area selection, body dragging upwind to avoid board leash use, solo launching and landing, emergency landing, self rescue, safety gear, kite tuning, water starting, body dragging and how to stay upwind while riding. Private lessons or coaching are usually also possible, but only on request.
Even kids starting from the age of 12, who weigh at least 40 kg and are generally fit and healthy, can learn this fascinating sport with adequate children material. Some centres even offer “mixed courses” over a certain period of time where you can combine kitesurfing with windsurfing lessons or scuba diving, to make sure you won’t get bored…
The most professional centres are affiliated to internationally recognized kitesurf organizations, such as IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) or VDWST which issue certifications of different levels (beginner, advanced etc.). Most of them teach in different languages. Students receive proper certifications according to their kitesurf level reached, after successfully completing a course.

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