Are you sick of the cold weather and seemingly endless grey winter days? Want to escape to somewhere warm and windy? Read on to find out where the best places to kitesurf in February are.
February is a great month for a kitesurf holiday because it’s high wind season in a lot of amazing destinations around the world. I’ve travelled a fair bit over the past few years and would like to share with you some of the best places to kitesurf in February, from my own experience.
I’ve been to Vietnam twice, both times in February and had an amazing time. I don’t recall a single day without wind during my 10-day stays.
The two main spots to kitesurf in Vietnam are Mui Ne and Phan Rang. Mui Ne is a very well-established kite spot and has attracted kitesurfers and windsurfers from all around the world for many years now. The village basically consists of a super long sand beach where you’ll find kite school next to kite school, mixed with beach bars and restaurants.
In February, the wind blows anywhere between 15-30 knots sideshore from the right, but most of the time it comes in with around 20-25 knots. I was always either on my 7 or 9-Meter kite (with a twintip) when I was there. The water is warm in Vietnam; no wetsuits needed, boardshorts and Lycra are enough.
One thing to mention is that there can be a high shorebreak in Mui Ne, which can make it challenging for beginners on some days, but with a little practice you’ll be able to get over the waves easily.
The other spot, Phan Rang, lies around 150km north of Mui Ne and is a flatwater spot. Kitesurfing activity has only recently picked up there, but Phan Rang is fast becoming a very popular kitesurfing destination in Vietnam. Some people prefer it over Mui Ne because it is less crowded yet offers the same amazing wind conditions as Mui Ne. I’ve not been there myself but I’ve heard that there is even a small reef break with lefts and rights for wave kiters.
Mexico - Baja California
Baja California lies in northwest Mexico, directly beneath the state of California in the US. This peninsula spans nearly 1,300 kilometres, with almost 3,000 kilometres of coastline and plenty of kite spots all around.
One of the most famous spots there is La Ventana. Every year, between the end of October and March, when the thermal winds blow, this fishing village turns into a kitesurfing mecca that attracts hundreds of wind hungry kiters, most of them North Americans. The spot sits within a huge sheltered bay, making La Ventana ideal for beginners too. The wind is fairly consistent: It starts every day around lunch time and builds up throughout the day with a speed between 15 -25 knots.
In La Ventana you’ll find lots of schools and places that rent equipment, as well as plenty of bars to hang out. If you’re looking for warm water however, then Baja is not for you – here you’ll need a full wetsuit (I used a 3.2 full suit). One big plus about Baja is the food: Amazing Mexican cuisine for little money!
Barbados - Caribbean
My absolute favourite place to kitesurf in February is the beautiful island of Barbados in the Caribbean. It’s a true paradise – think turquoise water with sea turtles and palm fringed white sand beaches. February is peak wind season in Barbados, and although it’s less consistent than for example Vietnam, you’ll usually still get 4-5 kiting days out of 7 per week on average. Wind speed in anything between 15 and 25 knots, on rare occasions even up to 30 knots.
Barbados is probably one of the pricier kitesurf destinations, however I promise you, a holiday there is worth every penny. If you want to know more details about the island’s spots and find all the necessary info on accommodation, lessons, car rental, food etc. you can read my separate blog entry on Barbados here.
Want to know more?
These are just three examples of the best places to kitesurf in February,which are among my personal favourites. If you’ve already been to the places I’ve mentioned and are looking for somewhere new to explore, you can check out more places to kitesurf in February (or your preferred month) on the global kite spots guide.