Looking at cool kiteboarding destinations for next month? No worries, June is a superwindy month in a lot of countries. I have highlighted some of my favorites. Make sure to travel where the wind is and shred your holiday away!
Sri Lanka – Kalpitiya
Kalpitiya is a massive shallow flat water lagoon in the North-West of Sri Lanka. People of all levels can enjoy themselves here! At the lagoon you find a kite center which offers kitelessons, drinks and food, music and a rescue service. The Kalpitiya Lagoon is the main spot and is 800m wide and 2,5km long. You can also cross the sandbank and ride waves in the open sea.
On the North side of the peninsula there are several small islets, a reef, and sandbanks between the ocean and the lagoon. From here you can make amazing downwinders and other kitetrips, such as camping on small deserted islands.
Sri Lanka knows two wind seasons, from May until October and from December until March. In June, the wind blows almost daily at 15+ knots and regularly at 20-25.
Morocco – Essaouira
The kitesurf spot in Essaouira is a large sandy bay with easygoing flat water conditions in the morning. Go a bit more downwind for side-shore conditions. The winds are less strong in the morning and the sea is calmer, perfect for beginners. When the wind picks up at noon waves will start to appear and Essaouira turns into a wave-lover paradise.
Around Essaouira there are many beautiful kitespots to visit. For consistent side-shore winds and clean, big waves you should visit Moulay Bouzerktoun, north from Essaouira. Go to the south, to Taguinza, for some smaller but nice clean waves.
The wind is at it’s best in the summer months, between April and September. If you plan to go there for the big waves, you should come in winter. This is when the Atlantic swell is on fire.
Kenya – Diani Beach
Only a 45-minute drive from Mombasa leads you to Diani Beach. This kitespot offers perfect conditions for all levels. Near the beach the water is butter-flat, if it’s waves you want you just go further out. The waves can get up to 3 meters high in the monsoon period. There is plenty of space and the wind is super consistent, perfect for practicing new skills. If you want a change of scenery you can visit Tiwi Rivermouth, 25km north of Diani, or Galu beach in the south.
Kenia has two seasons for kitesurfing: December to March you will find the Kaskazi wind from the NE. Wind speeds in this period are around 20 knots. In June the southerly Kusi winds kick in. Expect greater wind speeds of up to 30 knots and bigger swell.
Madagascar – Emerald Sea
Are you looking for a quiet, windy summer holiday? Then look no further. The Emerald Sea is a huge lagoon that you only have to share with a handful of other kiters. You can find flatwater and waves so you don’t have to make any compromises. 34 square kilometers of blue, warm water and strong winds make this a dream spot. Expect anything windwise, from 20 up to 40 knots! If you are looking for a spot with slightly less wind, check out Sakalava Bay. A shallow lagoon with pristine water and fine sand surrounded by a 7km stretch of beach.
The tradewinds called Varatraza blow constantly from April until November. Most common kite sizes are 5m to 9m so you can pack light.
Greece – Rhodes (Prasonisi)
The kitesurfing area of Prasonisi consists of a peninsula with two bays on each side. Because of this topography, there is always one bay with side-offshore wind and butterflat conditions and the opposite bay with side-onshore wind and small waves. How fun is that! With hightide you can also ride from one side of the peninsula to the other via a canal. No need to decide what you feel like when you wake up, you can just switch between wave and freeride/freestyle!
The wind season runs between April and October when the Meltemi trade winds blow. The wind get’s funneled through the hills of Prasonisi and the island opposite of the town which results into reliable wind in the summer months with wind speeds between 20-30 knots.
Other choices for a kitesurf trip in June
- Egypt – Red Sea
- USA West Coast
- Hawaii – Maui
- Canary Islands
- Spain – Tarifa
- France – Leucate
- Dominican Republic