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Windsurf & Kitesurf Centre - Risco del Paso Beach - Fuerteventura - Sotavento, Canary Islands

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The Sotavento windsurfing and kitesurfing centre at Risco del Paso beach in southern Fuerteventura is ideal for both adults and children of all levels, because of the sheltered sailing area and open sea right next to the centre. It is especially suited to junior and beginners with a range of light and easy to use equipment. It can be much less crowded that the main Sotavento lagoon beach area further north. With shuttle buses available from Costa Calma and the Melia Hotel.


October - April (appox. 9:30am-5:00pm). June - August (approx. 10:30am-7:00pm).

Directly by the windsurf centre at Risco del Paso beach, there access to open sea conditions and sheltered, tidal lagoon and pools. The centre is approximately a 5 minute drive from the Melia Gorriones hotel or around 15 minutes from the centre of Costa Calma (10km). The beach at Risco del Paso is a beautiful and natural location with no hotels so no wind shadows, but there are no shops, bars or restaurants so it is recommended to bring everything that you need for the day. A car rental is perfect to allow you to get to this spot at the times to suit you.


A shuttle transfer is available which should be booked a day in advance to guarantee availability. Shuttle times from Costa Calma in the winter are 09:30am, 12:00 and 02:30 pm and returning 01:00, 04:00, 04:45pm. In the Summer months from Costa Calma 10:00am, 12:30 and 03:00 pm. and returning 01:00, 03:45, 06:30 pm. Times are subject to change locally. The main Sotavento beach, in front of the Melia Gorriones Hotel is the location of the annual PWA World Cup event, which takes place every summer is further north along the beach, approximately a 10 minute drive.

The Lagoon is separated from the sea by a sandbank allowing beginners having instruction to keep in the shallow area and not drift out to sea. Water at high tide is hip high. There are also two other shallow water pools available at high tide. The shallow water is ideal to start learning the water start, using the harness, foot straps and speed sailing in standing conditions, without choppy water or waves. Once techniques are mastered then the conditions allow practice in open water conditions. Open water conditions can vary from flat to chop with swell and waves up to 2 meters at certain times.

The wind direction is side shore to offshore from the left. Surf shoes are recommended and a shorty or lycra in summer and convertible wetsuit in spring, autumn and winter months. Please note: The lagoon at Risco del Paso beach is tidal and usually only available at certain periods during the month. Please contact us so we can advised if your planned holiday date will have enough water in the lagoon for windsurfing.


The centre is located on an open beach. There are no facilities as such. Bring your own food and drinks and they can be kept in the centre fridge.

Full rental and instruction service with a wide choice of the latest Fanatic boards and North sails and North Kiteboarding and ION wetsuits. Video analysis available for advanced and unlimited lessons at certain times. There is a rescue boat on standby if needed. SUP boards are available to voucher clients at no extra charge on windless days. Private Storage is available with limited space available for those with their own equipment at an additional charge. (This is required to be booked in advance to guarantee availability.) For safety the centre operates a watch system with jet ski, boat, whistles and Walkie Talkies

Kit Range

Latest equipment from Duotone Kiteboarding:  Approx. 35 Kites and 20 Boards (Kite sizes: 3.5m² - 16m²) and 20 Boards (Kite sizes: 3.5m² - 16m²)

Please note: There are limitations on when kite rental is available, during certain tide periods, a 2 hours supervision is needed before the rental (for safety reasons and introduction to the spot). Required level is: riding up wind and changing direction without falling in the water. VDWS level 5 or IKO level 3.

1 Week
2 Weeks
Standard Rate  (Sep to Jun)
£215 £345
Peak Rate  (July & August) £245 £375
Non Consecutive Days - Standard Rate
(Sep to Jun)
4 out of 7 days
10 out of 14 days
Special Rental Rate
booked with Starter & Refresher Course
5 hrs
10 hrs
Please Note: You may be required to pay a damage waiver fee, locally at the centre, or leave a credit card deposit against potential damage, before rental equipment can be taken. 

Sportif recommend you take insurance to cover third party liability, as well as medical and general travel insurance, which is required as part of our terms and conditions of booking. However, your insurance may not provide cover for damage to equipment that is rented, so worth checking in advance of travel.

 Discounts Available                                                     

Double Usage: 2nd person receives 80% discount on rental rate
(ie only pays +20% on rental rate).
Combination of 2 Sports: 70% discount on rental on 2nd sport equipment
(ie pay only +30% on rental rate).
Rental & Instruction of 2 Sports: 10% discount on rental rate.(rental kitesurfing & windsurfing,
instruction - kitesurfing,
windsurfing, surfing, catamaran sailing).
Board Only, Rig or Kite Only: 30% discount with storage included*.
Pay only 70% of complete rental rate. (*At centres offering
storage - the storage for 1 board, 1 kite or 1 rig included
in the price, subject to availability.)
Family Specials: Windsurf Rental 1 adult + 1 child using same board
- child up to 16 years is Free of Charge.
Kids & Youngsters: 50% discount on rental rates
(valid for kids & youngsters up to 16 years).


Windsurfing Tuition: Beginner, Kids, Advanced & Unlimited Premium.
Lessons are scheduled for 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm depending on the local conditions.
Beginners and children's lessons are normally in the morning before the wind gets up.
Group lessons are maximum 6 persons. If there is only 1 person in a group less the time will be reduced but you will receive one to one instruction for the same rate! The content on the lesson can be requested in advance - such as beach start, stance, planing, harness & footstraps, gybing & freestyle manoeuvers.

Starter & Refresher Training incl. equipment - £85 £120 £170
Advanced Training* £40 - - -
Youngster Training including equipment
- £65 £95 £145
Children's Training incl. equipment (6-11 yrs)
maximum 4 children per group
3 hrs
5 hrs
Semi Private / Private Training Semi Private
1 hr £40
1 hr £65

*Advanced & Private & Semi Private training does not include equipment.

Kitesurfing Tuition: Beginner, Intermediates, Advanced
The kitesurf lagoon spot is on the left side of the center around 500m into the lagoon, with a Jet-Ski that provide the safety during the lessons. The wind is side offshore to offshore and therefore kiting in the open sea is only suitable once you are up and riding on the board. Depending on the local conditions, the supervising instructor will decide where the most suitable area is for your level. Kite lessons are held to the left and in a separate area from the windsurfing area.

Starter & Intermediate Training incl. equipment - - £180 £275
Semi Private Training (Max 2 persons)  - £170 £240 £365
Private Training - all levels 2 hours
6 hours

PLEASE NOTE: Kitesurfing rental is not available to prebook before arrival but is available onsite.

Kitesurfing in the Lagoon at Risco Del Paso Centre. It is Only possible to kitesurf IN the lagoon during certain dates and dependent on the local tides and minimum required levels of water in the lagoon for safety reasons. It is only possible to Kitesurf for a maximum of approximately 4 hours per day (depending on the moon either morning or afternoon; the rest  of the day there is not enough water in the lagoon). The minimum required level is to be required to kite upwind safely. 2 hours of supervision on the first day are obligatory (70euro per person, including equipment) which is a safety check by the centre staff before you will be able to rent equipment.You will only be able to kitesurf with rental in equipment in the lagoon. You will not be permitted to take rental equipment out of the lagoon.



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Great Reasons to go to Sotavento, Fuerteventura, Canaries

Best Time:  April - October.
Launch: Huge, wide sandy beach.
Wind Direction: Cross offshore
from left.
Wind Type: Trade winds. Unique
double venturi creates exceptional
cross offshore winds.
Shorebreak: Slight.
Water Conditions: Flat water some
wind chop.
Suitability: All Levels - slalom /speed/freestyle. Beginners in the lagoon.

  • World famous windsurfing and kitesurfing venue.
  • World's biggest centre.
  • Wind Foil, Kite Foil and SUP.
  • 3 windsurf spots offering flat water and swell/small waves.
  • Superb beginners lagoon.
  • Best wind June-Sept.
  • Most popular board size
    85 - 105 L
  • Most popular sail size
    4.8 - 5.2 M.

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