If you dream of a mediterranean kitesurfing paradise then Cyprus is what you’ve been looking for. Sunshine, crystal clear warm water, sandy beaches and steady winds make Cyprus one of the world’s best kept secrets for water-sports enthusiasts. Extreme Sports Cafe's partner Kite surfing School on Cyprus is the perfect location for a kitesurfing holiday on what is considered to be one of the best kite beaches for learning in the world. Kitesurfing is a fusion of surfing, wind surfing, wakeboarding, paragliding and of course, kite flying and is sure to blow you away, literally. Since it’s beginning, the sport has come a long way, and is now one of the most accessible extreme sports on offer, as well as being the ultimate adrenaline rush. With new developments in equipment and teaching techniques it is now open to all. Extreme Sports Cafe's partner Cyprus Kitesurfing School offer kite surfing lesson and courses for all levels.
Extreme Sports Café’s partner Kite surfing shop is based in Pissouri Bay Cyprus. Kitesurfing lessons are held at Paramali beach which is roughly an 8mins drive from Pisssouri bay. Since the beginning of kitesurfing, our partner Cyprus Kite surfing School has evolved with it, constantly keeping instruction methods and kitesurf equipment current to give you the best possible learning experience. Check our Kitesurfing Courses in Cyprus page for more information.
Our partner Kitesurfing School in Cyprus is a relatively small kite school, which specializes in quality kitesurfing tuition. They only use the latest, safest equipment and our instructors (3) are all qualified and top sailors. (Some are sponsored) The School uses IKO (International Kite Organisation) qualified kitesurf instructors, as well as international level kitesurfing champions, ensuring the highest level of instruction in a safe environment. Lessons are private with max 2 per kitesurfing course and the tuition is at it's maximum with the most experienced instructors.
Cyprus is the third largest island in the mediterranean and has a total coastline of 648 km. Dominant wind is southwesterly so most popular kitesurfing spots are situated on the windward south and west coast, but different wind directions and the natural beauty of the island offers many other stunning coastlines from which to kitesurf. Cyprus is a warm and sunny Mediterranean island offering tourists the chance to relax in the sun, swim in the sea and a whole lot more. Generally the weather in Cyprus is ideal from May to October. As with every country, Cyprus can never be guaranteed to provide perfect weather all of the time.
- The Kitesurfing season here usually starts in May and end in October. During this period the sea breeze is very reliable and allows kitesurfing almost every day. The winter months although windy, are unpredictable with either excellent conditions for advanced riders (waves) or long windless periods.
- There are two main wind directions in Cyprus. West and East. West wind blows all year round whereas easterlies are practically inexistent during the summer months. Though relatively unknown for these sports in the past, the island has now gained an excellent reputation, especially for kitesurfing, thanks to it's round the year sunshine, steady winds, sandy beaches and ideal water temperatures.
Kitesurfing Courses in Cyprus with Extreme Sports Cafe
Kite surfing Cyprus Notes
- Extreme Sports Café’s partner Cyprus Kite surfing School is dedicated to providing the most professional kitesurfing instruction available for students of all levels. They have been teaching kitesurfing since the conception of the sport and their experience makes the difference! They take a personal interest in each and every student and work hard to go beyond your expectations.
- Kite surfing lessons start every afternoon after 1.30pm when the sea breeze starts blowing, courses are private or with a max 2 students per instructor in order to favor progress and quality of teaching. Prices include all the necessary kitesurfing equipment.
- Kite surfing courses take place at Paramali beach. However adverse wind directions may sometimes lead to a change in location in order to save the day.
- Hiring a car is the best and cheapest way of getting around in Cyprus but yes, you can get a taxi to Paramali beach from just about anywhere. Taxi drivers will know how to get to Paramali village. From then on, or if you are driving there yourself, please follow the directions on the map. Once we have a confirmed booking we can issue you with a map and directions.
Kite surfing Cyprus Equipment
- The kitesurfing school is equipped with the latest kites and boards from SLINGSHOT, F-ONE, GUL and SKYWALKER which are great for teaching. They are very safe with full de-power ability and also really easy to relaunch from the water. Our partner Cyprus kitesurf instructors will show you how use these kites to their fullest.
- All Kitesurfing equipment is provided for students.
- Kite sizes 8 to 14m average board size 135x35cm.
- Wetsuits: Unnecessary in the summer, 2mm shorty mid season, 4mm short sleeves in the winter.
Towns & Villages Cyprus
There are six major towns Nicosia, the capital situated inland in the middle of the Mesaoria plain, and the 5 coastal towns of Limassol, Larnaka, Pafos, Kyrenia and Famagusta. The latter two, in the north and east respectively, have been under Turkish occupation since 1974. The towns of Cyprus present a modern cosmopolitan atmosphere blended with historic buildings and ancient monuments. Imposing colonial and classic style buildings rub shoulders with well-designed contemporary hotels, apartment blocks and attractive shopping streets, some narrow and quaint, others thoroughly modern. By contrast, life in the villages follows a slower pace, reflecting the importance of agriculture, cottage industry and family ties. Traditional flatroofed village houses made of mudbrick are a common sight, while stone-built dwellings with tiled roofs can be seen in the mountains.
Kitesurfing Cyprus - Accommodation
The majority of popular kitesurfing and wind surfing beaches are situated halfway between the cities of Lemesos and Pafos themselves 50mn driving distance apart. By staying in either one you will never be more than 30mn drive from most kitesurfing spots. Pafos is the more quiet cultural capital of Cyprus whereas larger Lemesos and its harbor is one of the main buisness/shopping centers in Cyprus. Both have excellent restaurants and nightlife.
Pissouri village is also a very good option if you prefer proximity and don’t mind quiet evenings. Situated exactly half way between the two cities it is the closest to the kitesurfing beaches.
We do not make accommodation arrangements at present but can forward your request to places where clients have stayed in the past and were very satisfied with.
Kitesurfing Cyprus - Sea Temperature
The temperature in the open sea hovers above 22°C from June to November, climbing to 28°C in August. During the three coolest months of January to March, average sea temperature are still an acceptable 16° or 17°C. There are no significant daily fluctuations in sea water temperatures, except in very shallow waters less than one metre deep.
Kitesurfing Cyprus - Wind & Sea Sate
In broad lines Cyprus’s wind is characterised by two seasons: Steady southwest sea breeze in the summer averaging 16knots 5 to 6 days per week, and wind variable in strength, frequency and direction during the winter.Sea state ranges from flat with the occasional little waves in the summer to small chop and double head high waves in the winter.
Kitesurfing Cyprus - Car Hire
Hiring your own car in Cyprus is a must if you are going to kitesurf independently. Taxis are expensive and public transport scarce in the cities and none existent on the kite surfing spots. Car hire is relatively cheap in Cyprus and all vehicles are in good condition and less than 3 years old by law. Make sure you choose a company that will let you pick up and return the car at the airport, a taxi ride from the airport to the cities being more or less worth the equivalent of two days car hire. For your car hire Extreme Sports Cafe can recommend Holiday Autos.
Why Take Kitesurfing Lessons?
As with all extreme sports, kitesurfing is not without it’s dangers if practiced incorrectly. Besides saving you from possible injury, here are seven good reasons for taking kitesurfing lessons.
- Learn faster: Sure you are a wakeboarder / surfer / snowboarder / ballerina but that does not mean you can fly a kite. A good instructor will help you use what you learned in other sports, drastically reducing your learning curve.
- Save money: Lessons save time and money. Without the right size kite you will end up trashing your gear. Schools have many different sizes and styles of kites, so why not learn on and trash their gear instead ? Repairing a kite is costly and could have paid for lessons.
- Guidance: Instructors know all about the latest gear and will share tips that would have taken you months to discover. Buying equipment alone not only will you waste money by not knowing what kite is best to learn on, but you also might end up paying more for something that is outdated or obsolete. Instructors get to test a wide variety of equipment and will guide you through the hype and claims of manufacturers.
- Protection: Not knowing what you are doing when flying a kite can put others in harm’s way and might even hurt you. Not to mention that injuring others is not the best way to impress the local kiters.
- Stress-free shopping: A good instructor will know the best kite and board for your weight, size and style, saving you hours of frustration. And he might even be able to cut you a deal on your first purchase.
- Plan for the future: Its always nice to have people to ride with and by taking lessons, you will have a local contact that can help you along the way as you progress. Once you complete a course and are up and riding, you will get all the info about where to kite, when the wind blows, where the good spots are, and more.
- It’s fun: Lessons get you out on the water for a great active day without the worrying of not knowing what to do, plus you get to become part of a culture that is a lot of fun to be around.