Kitesurfing Colombia

Why not try some kitesurfing Colombia? Ever wanted to experience the thrill and excitement of riding waves with a kite? Practicing a sport that combines surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing and paragliding?

Kitesurfing was invented in the 1800s by George Pocock looking for an alternative way of transport that consisted in harnessing the power of the wind. This quickly turned into a sport in the late 1900s and has since become one of the most popular water sports reaching around 1.5 million users in 2012.

Apart from the equipment, the two basic things you need to practice this sport is a body of water and wind. Various places around Colombia have become popular amongst kitesurfers because of the touristic appealing locations and the constant winds we receive every day.

This has evolved into an important tourist attraction thus bringing the creation of various kitesurfing schools specialized in teaching this extreme sport.

Here we will provide to you some of the best locations to Kitesurf along with some schools that might be of your interest to train your skills. Enjoy kitesurfing Colombia!

The mayor places to kite surf are: La Guajira (Cabo de la Vela), Calima, Cartagena, Chivor, Santa Marta and San Andres and Providencia. Why not try some Kitesurfing Colombia?

La Guajira

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Located in the most northern part of Colombia, with spectacular deserts, clear skies and constant winds, La Guajira is a favorite tourist attraction for surfers and non-surfers. Strap on a kite and surf alongside enormous sand dunes that reach right up to the ocean.

DIFFICULTY: Experienced Kitesurfers

WIND DIRECTION: Cross-offshore and offshore


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Calima, a lake located  about 2 hours north of Cali (Southern part of Colombia) attracts kitesurfers and windsurfers because of the constant winds it presents 365 days a year. Located between two mountains, winds funnel between them creating winds strong enough to practice these sports all year round. The amount of tourism that is attracted to this lake has caused a massive development of restaurants, hotels, cabins, shopping centers around the border of the lake.

The wind is the strongest near the most southern part of the lake and there are various schools where you can take classes or just sail off their beach with a small fee. These schools also provided rafts that will rescue you just incase you sail to far downwind. Kite sizes that range from 8 to 12 are the most used in these winds.


WIND DIRECTION: Cross-onshore and onshore


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Cartagena, one of Colombia’s biggest cities, and one of its biggest tourist focus points has some of the most incredible beaches and open ocean waters to practice kitesurfing. Located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, Cartagena has everything a tourist could want, from crystal clear waters, to shopping centers and a fortified part of the city is sure to be a site to see. Why not learn and practice some kitesurfing in this paradise?


WIND DIRECTION: Cross-onshore and onshore


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Located just 2 hours from Bogotá, Chivor a man-made lake has become a popular place to practice kitesurfing due to its proximity to Bogotá, the Colombian capital. December and January are the best months to come here since the strong winds allow for perfect surfing and stunts. There isn’t a lot of accommodations around the lake so people tend to bring a tent, some beers and relax while they watch their relatives and friends fly over the water.


WIND DIRECTION: Cross-onshore and onshore

Santa Marta

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Santa Marta, another important city located about 2 hours northeast of Cartagena and also on the Caribbean sea has clear waters and different strengths of winds and waves depending on the beach. Just like Cartagena, Santa Marta is an important tourist location so various shopping malls and hotels have been under development in the last years.

DIFFICULTY: Intermediate

WIND DIRECTION: Cross-onshore and onshore

San Andres & Providencia

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San Andres and Providencia, two islands located in the Caribbean sea are Colombia’s treasure. The islands with their water zones represent almost 10% of the Caribbean territory and about 1/5 of the total national territory. These islands contain 78% of Colombia’s Corrals. Due to its natural characteristics, San Andres and Providencia have become a kitesurfing paradise where you can choose to surf over waves, on calm waters or even mangroves, surf on crystal deep waters or above beautiful corrals.

DIFFICULTY: Depending on Location, can vary from Novice to Experienced

WIND DIRECTION: Mainly Cross-onshore and onshore

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