EUROPE / ITALY / CALABRIA
HANG LOOSE BEACH GIZZERIA, SOUTHERN ITALY
A family friendly kite trip at a super-safe spot, ideal for working on your foiling or twin-tip riding.
WHEN TO GO: Peak Season: April – September Air Temp: 22 – 33°C / 72 – 91°F Water Temp: 18 – 23°C / 64 – 73°F
CONDITIONS: WAVES – 2 FLAT WATER – 3 BEGINNER – 4 WARM WATER - 3 STRONG WIND – 2
Main image: Serene conditions in front of beautiful Italian countryside All photos: Hang Loose Beach / KiteFoil World Series
World class racing competitions arrive annually at Hang Loose Beach, such as the IKA KiteFoil World Series, which this year is scheduled for 7 - 11th July
ON THE WATER Hang Loose Beach is well respected on the competition scene and continues to host several annual international freestyle and racing events. In fact, Hang Loose and its surrounding beaches are a regular training location for the Italian Youth and Full Olympic kiteboard racing teams. This is a great spot for freeriding, freestyle and foiling progression thanks to a wide beach and large expanse of obstacle-free water. The relatively enclosed bay keeps the water calm and the beach free from swell or shore-break and there’s plenty of launching and landing space. The wind is thermal, rising steadily throughout the day, so it’s usually perfect for improving riders. There’s another good beach for improving your riding just 30 minutes away, called Steccato di Cutro, which is on the other side of the Calabrian peninsula and works in totally different wind directions. A kilometre upwind to the north you’ll find Capo Suvero where you can occasionally score some decent wave riding. Hang Loose Beach operate a full beach set-up alongside a busy school, so if you’re looking for somewhere to learn kitesurfing in pleasant conditions with plenty of vibes on the beach, then this is a good option.
WIND, WEATHER AND WATER The main season runs from April to September when the prevailing northwesterly winds hit Hang Loose Beach cross-on from the right. The Scirocco trade winds can also blow from the southeast, reaching 25-35 knots (cross-offshore at Hang Loose). The Scirocco blows cross-onshore at Steccato di Cutro though, so you’ve got options. In summer you’ll usually be on nine to 12 metre kites, perhaps sizing down in the afternoon as thermals build with air temps, averaging 22 - 33ºC / 72 – 91ºF. Spring is a little cooler, between 15 - 22ºC / 59 - 72ºF with water temps of 18 - 23ºC / 64 - 73ºF from April to September. In summer you can just wear boardies, but in the late and early season you’ll need a spring suit. Frontal winds come through in winter and they can sometimes whip up fun swell by Mediterranean standards.
A trip into the hills delivers spectacular views
“Quality flat water and amazing summer vibes – offering either peace for the family or buzzing parties for good timers!” JIM GAUNT / KITEWORLD EDITOR
Event parties and weekend celebrations go off here (most normal years!)
OTHER SPORTS & OFF THE WATER ACTIVITIES Accommodation-wise, there’s everything from Airbnb villas and rambling fincas to hotels and camping with lots of options within a kilometre of the beach. You’ll find more options beyond that in the hills, so it’s a good idea to have a car. Hang Loose have their own campsite with ‘Volkswagen tents’ for hire that have the same layout inside as an old VW T2 campervan, complete with electrical hookup. At the spot you’ll find a beach restaurant and bar serving up Calabrese cuisine (plenty of fresh fish) and there are numerous other restaurants in the surrounding area. Should you run into some windless days Hang Loose are well stocked with SUPs and kayaks. Alternatively there are basketball courts, beach volleyball, a spa and even a skate park. As family friendly a location as this is, the bar next to the kite centre can get very lively later in the day, doubling up as an awesome night time venue. Hang Loose’s ‘Aloha Surf and Beach Party’ in July is an epic gathering with racing, concerts and all night sessions that attract big crowds of kiters and locals. The surrounding area is beautiful and you should visit the Aeolian Islands and picturesque seaside towns, like Tropea, Capo Vaticano or Pizzo - all within an hour’s drive. Go mountain biking, climbing, hiking or horseback riding in Calabria’s four separate mountain ranges – the Aspromonte, Sila, Serra and Pollino ranges.
Dine by the spot
Lamezia Terme international (SUF) is just three kilometres from Gizzeria with lots of low cost airlines flying in from around Europe. We’d advise hiring a car from the airport as it can be quite a walk from your accommodation to the beach in hot weather. Plus, there’s lots to explore in the area.
SCHOOLS HANG LOOSE BEACH teach all levels from April to September with a max student / instructor ratio of 2:1. Rescue boat, hot showers, a lawn where you can wash equipment, rentals, surf shop, restaurant, bar... and incredible parties on the beach are all on-hand! Languages spoken by staff: English and Italian. www.hangloosebeach.com firstname.lastname@example.org
OTHER INFORMATION All restrictions could potentially have been lifted by the end of May. Either way, Hang Loose Beach has been organized to safely operate according to the national anti-covid protocols since last year. The restaurants opened again on 7th April. To enter Italy you’ll need to either have evidence of a negative Covid test or have been vaccinated. Find more information on entering Italy here in our Covid Protocol box.