Essentially any locale with consistent, steady side-onshore winds (10 to 35+ knots, 5 to 18+ m/s), large open bodies of water and good launch areas are suitable for kitesurfing. Most kitesurfing takes place along ocean shores, usually off beaches, but it can also be practiced on large lakes and inlets and occasionally on rivers. Since kiteboarding relies heavily on favorable, consistent wind conditions, specific geographic locations tend to become popular and sought out by experienced kiteboarders.
Some of the world's top kitesurfing locations are listed below in alphabetic order. Many of these destinations have year-long kitesurfing training and provide equipment rentals. Refer to the linked articles for more information on kitesurfing at specific locations.
Africa and Middle East
- WavesNC, US
- Long Beach, California
- Canoa Quebrada, Brazil
- Cape Hatteras, NC, US
- Cape Cod, MA, US
- Chesapeake Bay, MD, US
- Coche, Venezuela
- Columbia River, Northwestern US
- Cumbuco, Brasil
- Coronado, CA, US
- Corpus Christi, Texas, Gulf of Mexico, US
- Cozumel, Mexico
- East Tawas, Michigan, US
- Fortaleza, Brazil
- Hood River, OR, US
- Ibiraquera, Brazil
- Islamorada, Florida (Whale Harbor)
- Jekyll Island, Georgia
- Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Brazil
- Jupiter, Florida, US
- Kailua, Hawaii, US
- Key Biscayne, Florida, US
- Kitebeach, Martínez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- La Ventana, Baja, Mexico
- Lake Mille Lacs, MN, US
- Maui, Hawaii
- New Smyrna Beach, Florida
- Playa El Yaque, Isla Margarita, Venezuela
- Punta Rasa, San Clemente del Tuyú, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Punta del Este, Uruguay
- San Francisco Bay Area, California US
- Santa Cruz, CA US
- South Padre Island, TX, US
- Traverse City, Michigan, US
- Tranque Puclaro, Chile
- Las Penitas, Leon, Nicaragua
Australia and New Zealand
- Noordwijk Beach, The Netherlands
- Katwijk, The Netherlands
- Oostvoorne, The Netherlands
- Rockanje, The Netherlands
- IJmuiden, The Netherlands
- Renesse, The Netherlands
- Zandvoort, The Netherlands
- Callantsoog, The Netherlands
- Makkum, The Netherlands
- Harlingen, The Netherlands
- Muiderberg, The Netherlands
- Mirns, The Netherlands
- Workum, The Netherlands
- Neeltje-Jans, The Netherlands
- Borssele, The Netherlands
- Monster, The Netherlands
- Westland, The Netherlands
- Hindeloopen, The Netherlands
- Kamperland, The Netherlands
Pirlanta Kitesurfbeach http ://www.kitesurfbeach.com
- Aberdeen, Scotland
- Ainsdale, England
- Allonby, England
- Blackpool, England
- The Bluff, Hayle
- Camber Sands, East Sussex
- Daymer Bay
- Fleetwood, England
- Hill Head, England
- Hayling, England
- Littlestone-on-Sea, New Romney, Kent
- Minnis Bay, Thanet, Kent
- Newborough, Anglesey Wales.
- Poole Harbour
- Southend, Essex
- Weymouth, Dorset
- Worthing, West Sussex
- Portland Harbour, Dorset
Rest of the World
Kite surfing is restricted or banned in some locations. This is generally the result of safety and liability concerns, excessive general beach traffic and poorly organized practising of kiteboarding. Bans have been reversed when kitesurfers have organized, prepared riding guidelines and negotiated with authorities for resumption of this sport. The primary reason why many experienced kite boarders stress safety and adequate quality professional instruction is to keep their sport from being banned or unduly restricted at their favorite location.
Not all locations will have explicit bans posted. Usually a simple warning from a park ranger, lifeguard or other official will let you know that kite surfing is not allowed. As a general rule, if you see other kiteboarders on the water, it is probably permitted. When new to an area or visiting be sure to ask about area restrictions and precautions before rigging up and riding. This simple courtesy should aid you in having a better riding session, avoid friction with locals and help to preserve kiting access for all of us. If riders offer suggestions, including not using a certain sized kite, relocating to a safer launch or not going out in current conditions, take what they say to heart. Ignoring well intended advice can cause unnecessary accidents and incidents.
Location specific - non commercial
- ChicagoKitesurfing.com - Kitesurfing info in the midwest region of the United States.
- Varna Kitesurfing - Kiteboarding in Varna,weather,photos&videos gallery.
- Kiteboarding in Michigan - Kiteboarding & snowkiting location map for Michigan
- Outer Banks Kiteboarding - Information on Kiteboarding on the Outer Banks.
- NZ Kiteboarding - New Zealand kiteboarding community and magazine.
- www.kitesurfers.co.nz - Wellington, New Zealand, gallery, locations.
- kiteforum New Zealand - New Zealand kiteboarding locations and forum.
- NKV - Kitesurfing locations in The Netherlands according tot the NKV or Dutch Kitesurf Association.
- Kiteboard in Greece - Greek kitesurfing locations, news, gallery and forum
- KitesurfingAfrica.org - Kitesurfing in Africa
- LAKAWA - Minnesota kiteboarding resources
- Kitesurfing locations in Italy
- Kitesurfing in the Caribbean
- www.seabreeze.com.au - Australian kitesurfing news, weather and gallery.
- kitesurfing.com.au Sydney, Australia area daily kitesurfing weather forecasts, kitesurfing news, photo galleries and other kitesurfing related information.
- Extreme-sports - Lithuanian kitesurfing, windsurfing, snowboarding news, weather, forum, locations and gallery.
- Hooked-on Kitesurfing Kitesurfing Dominican Republic
- Strandkite - Kitesurfing Strand - South Africa
Kitesurfing holidays - Hooked-on Kitesurfing