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Sotavento Lagoon Spot Guide - Fuerteventura - Sotavento, Canary Islands

The windsurfing and kitesurfing beach and lagoon in Sotavento offers world class sailing conditions as well as sheltered, tidal lagoon for lessons and practicing moves.

The Spot at Sotavento Lagoon
Depending on the tides, the beautifully situated lagoon stretches across Sotavento beach right in front of our recommended Hotel - the 4* Melia Gorriones. At 4km long, the lagoon offers a tidal area, offering shallow water up to 200m wide at the optimum high tide conditions. These flat, warm water conditions are ideal for all levels of windsurfer and kitesurfer from beginners to experts. Windsurfing and kitesurfing zones are separated by a swimming zone, with jet skis offering assistance during instruction or as part of the rescue service on offer.

The Conditions at Sotavento Lagoon

There is a choice of open sea in front of the centre or lagoon. This is where the PWA Windsurifng world cup takes place every year in July. If you wish to sail further along in the lagoon in flat water conditons,a complimentary shuttle is available when hiring equipment.

The lagoon offers spectacular, turquoise, mirror flat water that you can stand in. The open kiting area, directly off the beach offers conditons between flat water, chop, rolling swell and waves depending on the time of year and local conditions. This is the location of the PKRA World Cup in July. The lagoon and open kite area are separated by a sand bank. Launch space is huge with one of the widest and longest sandy beaches we have seen!

The Centre at Sotavento Lagoon
A full inventory of equipment if available on the spot with pre-reserved equipment and possibility to change depending on the conditions.

The Sotavento lagoon is tidal. Please contact us before planning our holiday so we can advise when is the best time to go to maximise your sailing time in this area.

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Sailing Conditions

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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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