Hurghada is the top Red Sea destination for wind and kite surfing and is picking up a great reputation as a wake-boarding destination too. Many international competitions are held in Hurghada every year. Windsurfers were coming to Hurghada before there was an international airport, attracted by the fact that Hurghada offers good, strong, winds throughout the year.
Hurghada is one of the best places to learn to kite surf. Windsurfers have a downwind bay pretty much to themselves, leaving two upwind bays with large shallow areas free for kite surfers. There is plenty of space to practice flying the kite, body dragging and water starting in shallow areas that extend far enough from the beach to allow 100m runs before getting into deeper water. Once your skill and confidence has built up, you can blast out to a sandbar approximately 1 km offshore where the wind is super clean and the flat water area around the sandbar is perfect for practising tricks and moves.
The winds in the Red Sea are created by the difference in temperature between the land and the water, but in Hurghada this is accelerated by the mountain ranges just behind the town and by Giftun Island offshore. The coast is also generally flat without fringing reefs which create perfect conditions both for wind and kite surfing. From May to October the average wind speed is around 18 knots, sometimes getting up to 25 or 30 knots in the afternoon (especially in September).
is excellent for all levels of kite and wind surfer but is especially good for complete beginners or those keen to progress. There is a very high level of instruction available locally and the shallow flat water of the 'small bay' is perfect for beginners and those keen to develop their skills.