Fuerteventura is a Spanish island and a part of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. Fuerteventura was popularized in the eighties as a surfer's paradise. Strong winds, big waves, soaring temperature and lots of sun make it an ideal choice for Surfers to relax and rewind. The sky of the kite surf beaches near Corralejo and the Jandia coast are always found dotted with colorful kites.
Joys of Kiteboarding : The strong winds on the beaches of Jandia make it highly appealing. The winds are forced through the hills and are therefore enhanced in velocity. This phenomenon is called the Sotavento Jet and occurs mainly in summer. Though the Sotavento Jet aids in Kiteboarding, it is best left to the more experienced kiteboarder. Kiteboarding requires a certain amount of experience in sailing up the wind or else the prevailing northeast passat (tradewind) will lead the surfer into the sea, with no ways of reaching the shore. Therefore, the beaches south of Corralejo are suitable for beginners as the wind is less strong and the water is shallow, making it easy to step on the board. Again, Kiteboarding on the west coast of Fuerteventura is only recommendable for experienced kitesurfers.
Kiteboarding Training : The art of Kiteboarding requires extensive skills and it is advisable to acquire some training in this adventurous water-sport prior to indulging in it. The kites can reach high speeds and the full control over it is paramount to avoid hurting yourself and others. Besides Kiteboarding, all tourists and surfers are drawn to the clear blue Atlantic waters of Fuerteventura for the whales, dolphins, marlin and turtles that are a common sight, acting as an incentive for surfers and nature lovers.
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