Corralejo is famous for its kitesurfing community and many a kitesurfer learnt the sport here. This shouldn’t come as a surprise – the temperatures are pleasant all year round with an average being 20C and in summer rarely exceeding 30C. Even in deep winter it doesn’t drop below 17C often, which means it’s a very popular Christmas and New Year destination. This is also why many European nomads migrate here for winter, so keep this in mind when booking your accommodation as the prices do go up. 

Let’s get to the point though. Is Fuerteventura a good place to learnt kitesurfing? 

It is, and it isn’t. Spoken like a true ex-lawyer. Let me explain. 

The reasons why Fuerteventura is not a good place to learn kitesurfing 

Some websites say that the Flag Beach, Corralejo’s biggest wind watersports beach, is actually fine for beginners. It is not, at least not in winter when we’ve been there and when it gets wavy and choppy. Most locals will tell you that it is simply too dangerous to learn there, unless you have an infinite budget allowing you to destroy one set of gear after the other. Why?

The current is strong, so you need to know your tides. It gets wavy – and we mean it. With strong wind there is usually not much time in between the waves, which means that you need to be able to hop on your board quickly to not get dragged all the way with the current. 

The real reason though is the reef and the rocks under the water. Going out in low tide is a no no as you can get seriously hurt, but even when the tide is up you should know where to kite and where to avoid. 

It is a fantastic spot for advanced riders who are confident on the waves, have no problem with going upwind and have very good understanding of the tides and currents. We have seen some of the best riders there and when the wind is up it does feel like you just walked onto a Red Bull filming set. The absence of beginners is also a good thing if you’re planning on practising your freeriding and wave jumping. 

Verdict: a world-famous spot for advanced riders who want to get some wave time in. Do not learn here. 

Looks way less choppy and wavy than it is!

But you said Fuerteventura IS a good place to learn kite… 

It is. Just not on the beach. Most schools take you out in a boat to the open water. This is actually a pretty amazing and unique experience. 

Great things about learning kitesurfing in Corralejo:

The downsides are:

There are also some challenges related to kitesurfing in Corralejo specific for nomads. The boat sessions take TIME. You need to allow 4 hours at least for the whole adventure, which means that an impromptu session before or after work is not really an option, like it is in some other spots. It is also more expensive, because you need to cover the cost of the boat, petrol and instructors.

When is a good time to go?

The main kitesurfing season is March – November, but we have also gone in December and it can still be great. 

Does this article reflect your own experience of kitesurfing in Corralejo? Let us know in the comments below!

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