If you’re a kiter and you’re planning a kitesurfing trip, you’re bound to think of Egypt, and more precisely of El Gouna.

El Gouna is a unique destination, a small enclave built on purpose for tourists and to take advantage of the excellent weather conditions for water activities.
That’s why I chose it as the destination for one of my Kite Camp.

As always, my article is meant to provide you with some tips about this destination, based on my experiences and the spots I visited, hoping that it will help you.

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GENERAL INFOS

WIND

In Egypt, the prevailing wind is from the N – NW.

During the summer months, especially between April and October, the wind blows constantly and the statistics are very suitable. The best months are June and August.
The wind is lighter than the Mediterranean wind because it is a warmer wind. It blows on average between 10 and 25 knots.

During the winter months, the wind is less steady but stronger. There is an alternation of several consecutive days with more than 30 knots and days without wind.

TEMPERATURE

The hottest months are between June and September, with an average temperature of over 30° and a sea temperature of over 27°.

April, May and October are also warm months, but temperatures may hover around 22-24° and the sea temperature, especially in the first two months, drops to around 23° due to the previous winter temperatures, and a “shorty” wetsuit is highly recommended.

In winter, temperatures remain pleasant, it is indeed rare that the thermometer goes below 20°.

KITE SIZE

The wind is not very strong in summer, which justifies the use of bigger kites, from 9m to 14m.
The best compromise is a 9m and 12m, as well as a foil for very light wind days.

In winter, a 7m can be useful.

RAIN

Rainfall in El Gouna is rare and almost non-existent, especially during the summer months.

PROS and CONS

  • Steady wind

  • Beauty of spots

  • Huge lagon

  • No wind activities

  • Kitesurfing center on site

  • Warm temperatures

  • Excellent wind statistics

  • Presence of coral reefs

  • Tides

SPOTS WHERE I’VE BEEN

EL GOUNA SUD

Simone-kitesurf-Sardaigne-Punta-Trettu

Level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Water

  • Flat

  • Choppy

Wind

  • On – Side on

  • Rarement side-off

Freestyle 80%
Freeride 100%
Vagues 10%
Big Air 60%

A huge “lagoon” makes this place incredibly beautiful and suitable for most riders. It should be noted, however, that the “lagoon”, which covers an area of about 5 km2, is mainly reserved for beginners who go there by boat with the school.
For more advanced riders, it is possible to reach the lagoon by going crosswind (or upwind depending on the wind direction) for about 2 km, and this only at high tide.

A suitable place for everyone, thanks to the safety boats and the side-on shore wind direction. At low tide, you ride in front of the beach, and the wind is more gusty, and you must be able to ride upwind. Beginners must take a class and be accompanied to the “lagoon”.

The water is generally flat, but tends to become choppy when the wind picks up. In the “lagoon”, the sea conditions depend on the tide, so it can be calm or agitated depending on the depth and the wind strength.
In front of the take-off area, the zone is in deep water and, when the wind is side on, the wind is steady and the sea not too rough, while if it turns side off, the wind becomes gusty.

The spot is ideal for freeriding or for perfecting freestyle or old school maneuvers.

Facilities: on the beach, there is a kite school, Osmosis kiteboarding, which offers a storage service, surveillance and security with boats, as well as kite lessons for beginners. The spot is located in a hotel where there is a restaurant (not so good). If you don’t eat there, you can order food and have it delivered by asking the school.

Dangers: the take-off area is not very safe, but the beach boys are very experienced and will give you the best advice, as well as the school manager, Sylvain, who offers a briefing of the spot to each newcomer.
Beware also of the corals and the reef. There are two main areas to avoid absolutely at low tide.

Warnings : to reach the “lagoon”, it is necessary to check the tides. Normally we take as reference, depending of course on the coefficient of the day, 1h30 before and after the low tide peak. If you leave or enter the lagoon within this time frame, you may not be able to pass or you may get stuck.

A huge “lagoon” not to be missed.

Map El Gouna Kitesurfing