EUROPE / CANARY ISLANDS / FUERTEVENTURA
FLAG BEACH FUERTEVENTURA
A relaxed kite trip just a short flight from Europe with warm water in summer and waves in winter
WHEN TO GO: Peak Season: April – September Air Temp: 22 – 28°C / 70 – 82°F Water Temp: 18 – 22°C / 64 – 72°F
CONDITIONS: WAVES – 3-4 FLAT WATER – 3 BEGINNER – 3.5 WARM WATER - 3 STRONG WIND – 3
Blue skies and turquoise waters... by definition in the summer! ALL PHOTOS: FlagBeach.com
ON THE WATER Flag Beach in the north of the island is one of Fuerteventura’s major kiting locations (the other being Sotavento in the south) and one of Europe’s best known spots for all levels of rider. The beach is wide and protected by reefs at both ends with clean wind from the left for much of the year, particularly in summer. Flag Beach is ideal for freeriders, freestylers, foilers and beginners with plenty of space. Meanwhile, 20 minutes away is Cotillo, a very credible wave spot. Another one is Glass Beach, just five minutes from Flag Beach in the nearby nature reserve. Both Cotillo and Glass Beach are affected by the tides, so picking the right time to go is key and there are many more wave spots around the north of the island that local kiters can point you towards (if you’re especially nice!).
WIND, WEATHER AND WATER Summer is the most reliable time with the strongest wind in June and July, but it’s generally very consistent from March to April when the northeasterly trade winds blow through. You’ll usually be on nine to 12 metre kites but there are stronger small-kite days, too. If you’re looking for waves then the north of the island is the place to be and the best time is in winter when the swells increase and the wind swings more onshore. There are also some spots on the east coast with wind from the left. Flag Beach doesn’t get unbearably busy in summer, but winter is quieter and you can still be out on three or four days a week at that time of year. Air temperatures go from 28°C / 82°F in summer to 22°C / 70°F in winter. The water temperature is around 22°C / 72°F in the summer and 18°C / 64°F in the winter when you’ll need a long suit.
In the summer you'll find conditions for twin-tips and foiling here
“Fuerteventura is a very special place with everything from pumping waves to kicker freestyle at Flag Beach as well as flat lagoons if you know where to look. Deciding which toys to put in your car is the hardest part!” TOM COURT / DUOTONE PRO RIDER
OTHER SPORTS & OFF THE WATER ACTIVITIES Most of the off-water activity happens around Corralejo which is next to Flag Beach. It’s a busy tourist town with supermarkets, shops and plenty of restaurants, including some excellent tapas joints as well as cafes and bars with lively nightlife. If you want to stay close to the action then you can find Airbnb properties around town from as little as €20 p.p.p.n as well as other options from hostels to five-star hotels. There’s more accommodation / villas to be found in nearby villages like Lajares too, which is more tranquil. On no wind days you can SUP or surf if the waves are on (there’s a serious local surf scene) or go snorkelling, deep sea fishing or scuba diving. On dry land there’s mountain biking, hiking the volcano and mountains inland as well as quad bike excursions, to name just a few activities. Corralejo’s a family-friendly spot with plenty of stuff to keep kids busy, including a waterpark! It’s possible to drive the length of Fuerte in less than two hours and it’s definitely worth renting a car if you want to try out a few spots during your stay, like Sotavento, a 90 minute drive to the south of the island.
Fuerteventura Puerto del Rosario (FUE) airport is a 30 minute drive from Flag Beach / Corralejo and taxis, buses and hire cars are available (check about current transport options due to Covid with your airline / accommodation provider). Generally, air fares to the Canary Islands from Europe can be cheap with budget airlines.
SCHOOLS FLAG BEACH has been operating here for 32 years! Open 365 days a year, teaching all levels with a max ratio of 2:1. A rescue boat is always on hand for lessons (or it’s €30 for 15 days cover if you want to book it). Hire Duotone and Ozone gear. Hobie cat, windsurfing, SUP and surfing lessons / rentals are also available. Accredited by: VDWS (also with IKO certified instructors) Languages: English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Polish, Dutch, Russian. www.flagbeach.com firstname.lastname@example.org +34 928 866389