In September 2011 I traveled with KiteWorldWide to Fuerteventura. Why? Will, the name of the organization has the word kiting in it! The trip to Fuerteventura: It started on the 8th with a buddy of mine driving from Hamburg to Bremen to the RyanAir airport. For luggage: 3 kites, 7, 10, and 12, taking the equipment on the plane cost an additional €70 (total there and back). ;)
Making it just in time at the airport, everything ran routinely and friendly. As for the legroom on the RyanAir plane, is always scrutinized for being non-existent. I, almost 1.90m, had no problem with it and at a low price (€150) you shouldn’t expect the more comfortable flight of all time.
We landed on the island in the late afternoon and the strong wind and temperature shock was exactly what we wanted. The entire week had perfect weather of 30°C and no clouds in the sky.
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At the airport we were warmly greeted by the drive/kite instructor/assistant who was wearing a pink KiteWorldWide cap. We were driven to Costa Calma, which is in the south and narrowest part of the island, in an air conditioned vehicle. The accommodation and surroundings: In Costa Calma we arrived to our apartment. The complex was made well and the rooms were clean and pretty. Our accommodation was located perfectly-not even a 5 minute walk to the beach and the supermarket. We then of course went to the supermarket and prepared ourselves a delicious dinner in the kitchen area of our accommodation. [singlepic id=922 w=300 h=200 float=right]
The driver, from before, advised us that Thursday is THE night for parties on the island. Of course we were convinced and went out with a few other guests and got acquainted. All of the other guests were very nice and friendly and we parties until we saw the sunrise.
Lagoon transfer: the next morning, [singlepic id=942 w=300 h=200 float=left]after a short night, we were picked up by a team from the ktie school and were brought to the lagoon at Sotavento. My travel partner was a complete beginner and took a kite course with rented gear while I kited for a bit longer on the lagoon. We were picked up every morning for about an hour by the team as the tide, and highest water level, shifts about every hour. This meant one problem of course for us- more sleeping!
The spot: the lagoon is just as it’s described, subject to the tides and moon phase. We had checked KiteWorldWide’s tide table before our trip and discussed this with the team in the office. On a daily basis there were about 4-5 hours of good kiting conditions. [singlepic id=916 w=300 h=200 float=right]After this, all of the other guests and I got ready for a relaxing evening. The lagoon on the east coast of Fuerteventura is supplies with trade winds from the northwest. For those who do not know much about kiting or windsurfing, let me explain. Offshore wind? â†’ direction! Easy on the east coast and offshore wind at the lagoon. This does not cause a problem because the entire area is low stand; the lagoon is bordered by a sand bar from the open sea and the entire team of the local kite school there, for several years, has according experience. My friend, the beginner, and all the other students were always sent back when conditions were going against the wind. They were informed, before the training, the situation and conditions of the spot and for the first few days under constant instructor of a kite instructor, who went over the basics of kiting. [singlepic id=925 w=300 h=200 float=left]
The east cost of Fuerteventura has definite benefites kiting, in the lagoon, because the wind has to travel over the country between a pair of hills. Due to this fact, I of course was out relatively quickly because this so-called jet effect makes the conditions perfect for jumping. I was there in a short wetsuit, but this was more than necessary and I could have kited with only shorts and lycra since the water in the lagoon is warm.
Now comes the stuff that interests the riders the most: I flew (at 80kg) each day a 7m² kite and was powered up well. The wind was always weaker in the morning, but built up throughout the day and relatively quickly, too so it was not worth it to even build up the 10m² kite. [singlepic id=910 w=300 h=200 float=right]
I expected that I would need to ride with the 12m² kite throughout the entire holiday, since the wind was announced a day before departure at being between 12-15knots. Luckily, due to the jet effect on the lagoon, I had top conditions every day. Not for no reason, the annual pro tour is on Sotavento in Fuerteventura. ;)
For booking: I booked everything, which I’ve spoken about, through KiteWorldWide who advised and guided me over the phone really honestly and friendly about the situation of the spot. I think of the whole team out of the office, on site, could have of course perfectly advised me accordingly. My friend and I were told about the flight with RyanAir and we booked it independently before booking with KiteWorldWide and everything ran smoothly. [singlepic id=924 w=300 h=200 float=left]
The team of the local kite school was also very knowledgeable and my travel companions, and many of the other students were definitely infected during their time at Fuerteventura with Kite-virus. I’m looking forward to meeting up with a couple of the people on the spot in Germany! My friend, by the end of the week, went from “zero to hero” on the board.
Conclusion: We had a super kite holiday for a week, at a fair price, in Fuerteventura with KiteWorldWide and cannot wait to kite under such conditions again. Personally, I can only recommend a trip to Fuerteventura with KiteWorldWide, but I know I will be booking my next trip with them again.