Where to kitesurf in January: 10 best spots worldwide

Where to kitesurf in January: 10 best spots worldwide

If you have not decided where to kite in January yet, you still have a week to think about it. And we are going to help you! Here is our brief review of the best kitesurfing spots that would have perfect weather conditions the coming month.

 

St Kilda, Australia

Let’s start with Australia. The great spot for kitesurfing there is St Kilda. It is a suburb of Melbourne (only 6 km from the city center). Kitesurfers and other water sports enthusiasts became a part of its landscape years ago. Famous yachtsmen train there as well.

Kitesurf season: January - December
Air temperature: from 16°C to 26°C
Working wind direction: S, SSW, SW
Water condition: chop
Water depth: 0.5-1.5m
Accommodation: from $10
Wind forecast

Muizenberg, South Africa

This spot which name means “mice mountain” is actually a suburb of Cape Town (another wonderful place for kiting) and January is usually the warmest month there. The location has a long, almost 20-km long beach popular among kiters, surfers, bathers and... biologists — the waters near the beach are the home for many white sharks (which, who knows, may make your kitesurfing experience more “spicy”).

Kitesurf season: December, January - April
Air temperature: from 16°C to 27°C
Working wind direction: SE, SSE, S, SSW, SW, NW
Water condition: Small wave
Water depth: 0,5-2m
Accommodation: from $15
Wind forecast

 

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is the largest island of Thailand, so this spot has many smaller spots for kitesurfing located on different parts of the island. For example, the southeast coast has a Rawai beach that can boast shallow water with a gentle breeze (conditions good for beginners) and the north coast have Nai Yang and Layan beaches that can be appreciated by pros.

Kitesurf season: All year
Air temperature: from 24°C to 32°C
Working wind direction: N, NNE, NE, NW, NNW
Water condition: chop
Water depth: 0,5-1.5m
Accommodation: from $14
Wind forecast

Plage des Chalets, France

If you prefer to train or have fun in Europe, you may try to kitesurf in France. January is a good month for using your kite in Plage des Chalets. That beach is located in Gruissan in southern France and it got its name because there were a lot of small houses (chalets) near the water (you can rent one of them to make your time in the area more comfortable because the weather cannot be called hot there).

Kitesurf season: January - September, December
Air temperature: from 6°C to 12°C
Working wind direction: SE, NW
Water condition: little chop
Water depth: 0,5m
Accommodation: from $29
Wind forecast

Poole Harbour, United Kingdom

A large harbour located near the town of Poole welcomes kiters in January. This harbour was formed during the ice age and has a very complex landscape with many rivers, islands and bays that can make nature-lovers happy. It is quite popular among yachtsmen as there are many marinas there too. Since kitesurfing, windsurfing, and other water sports had became popular, special areas were designated for these activities as well.

Kitesurf season: All year
Air temperature: from 4°C to 9°C
Working wind direction: NW
Water condition: little chop, flat
Water depth: 0,5-1m
Accommodation: from $22
Wind forecast

 

Islamorada, United States

Bye-bye, Europe! Welcome to Islamorada. This spot in the United States is located in Florida on five islands — Tea Table Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Windley Key and Plantation Key. The name Islamorada means “purple island”. The most famous beach here is Anna’s beach — it gathers kiters (pros and beginners) from around the world every year.

Kitesurf season: January - October, December
Air temperature: from 19°C to 24°C
Working wind direction: NE, ENE, E, ESE, SE, SSE, S
Water condition: flat
Water depth: 1-2m
Accommodation: from $129
Wind forecast

La Ventana, Mexico

This Mexican spot is located on the shore of the La ventana (means “The window”) bay and is actually a small and welcoming village surrounded by cactus forests, desert landscapes, bright beaches, deep blue and turquoise clear water and mountain chains that help to form great wind conditions.

Kitesurf season: January - October, December
Air temperature: from 19°C to 24°C
Working wind direction: N, NW, NNW
Water condition: chop
Water depth: 0.5-1.5m
Accommodation: from $29
Wind forecast

Los roques, Venezuela

Amazing archipelago consisting of 350 islands, cays, and islets and located in warm and dry climate is a perfect place for kitesurfing. So perfect that small population of inhabitants (about 1,500 people) enlarges dozens of time during the season. The most attractive spots are its lagoons, atolls, sea turtle research center, coral reefs.

Kitesurf season: January - April
Air temperature: from 21°C to 29°C
Working wind direction: NNE, NE, SE
Water condition: flat
Water depth: 0.5-1.5m
Accommodation: from $110
Wind forecast

 

Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Kitesurfers can be met on any of Rio de Janeiro’s beaches, but the most popular spot is Barra da Tijuca, the longest (18 km long) beach of the agglomeration. The beach is especially crowded on weekends and holidays, so if you want to have many “associates” around and meet many new friends, that is a good choice.

Kitesurf season: January - September, December
Air temperature: from 24°C to 32°C
Working wind direction: E, ESE, SE
Water condition: flat
Water depth: >2m
Accommodation: from $15
Wind forecast