KITESURFING IN THE CANARY ISLANDS
Lanzarote and Fuerteventura located just off the west coast of Africa make up part of the Canary Islands Archipelago. The islands are famed for their pleasant subtropcial climate, seasonal trade winds, crystal clear waters and stark volcanic landscapes. Being only a 4 hour flight from most European cities it’s an ideal place to kick back, relax and learn how to kitesurf or improve your kiteboarding skills. From as early as March to late September the trade winds “Los Alisios” blow from the North East and the groundswells drop off providing a wide variety of kitesurfing conditions ideal for all levels of kitesurfers. For the rest of the year the islands still have good wind statistics and there are plenty of windy days to take a course and plenty of freeride and waveriding conditions for more advanced riders.
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Hit the little red target on the map below for a closer view of the Canary Islands Archipelago.
The strength and consistency of the wind, the pleasant climate all year round, excellent tourist facilities and short flights times from most European cities combine to make the Canary Islands a suitable destination for all levels of kitesurfers all year round.
The NE trade winds blow throughout the year, although they tend to move up & down the Atlantic.The best time to visit the Canary Islands is during the summer which is the windy period. In summer the sea tends to be flat and the wind at its most consistent. The trades can start to blow as early as March and you have wind until November.
Around Fuerteventura and La Graciosa you have wind acceleration zones where the wind is either funnelled between mountains, or islands and where the wind can sometimes increase to as much as 8 – 9 Bft. Beginners can learn to windsurf all year round as there is usually enough wind even in winter to run newbie and beginner courses.