General

  • We recommend you consider RipATrip a guide or first step in planning your adventure travel. Please perform further research prior to booking any travel.

  • Our objective is to help direct you to the best destinations at the best time. Accordingly, all ratings are based on conditions during high/windy season.

  • Data corresponds to any or all launches within 50km.

  • We’ve put significant efforts into our data, but we’re not perfect. We encourage your input, team@ripatrip.com

Location Preferences

  • Min Air Temp: Min average monthly high temperature

  • Max Rain Days/Month: Max days with > 2mm precipitation

  • Cost Lodging/Food: Daily cost 1 lunch, dinner, & double room at midrange hotel. Stars:

    • < $50 =1

    • < $100 = 2

    • < $150 = 3

    • < $200 = 4

    • + $200 = 5

  • Restaurants and Bars: Includes dine-in and take-out

  • Min Wifi Coverage: Prevalence of public access points

Kiteboarding Preferences

  • Min Wind (kts) -> Days/Month: Select your wind speed preference and frequency. Example: Min 12 knots wind, min +20 days/month

  • Max Wetsuit:

    • 0 = Average high water temp > 21°C

    • SS (short-sleeve) = Average high water temp ≤ 21°C

    • 3/2 = Average high water temp < 17°C

    • 4/3 = Average high water temp < 13°C

    • 5/4+ = Average high water temp < 8°C

      Flat Water Grade:

  • 1= Open coast with deep water

  • 2= Open coast with minimal protection (reefs, etc.)

  • 3= Coast with moderate (islands, peninsulas) protection or extensive shallow water

  • 4= Enclosed areas > 1 sq. km & significant shallow water

  • 5= Enclosed areas < 1 sq. km & significant shallow water

Not Crowded (“Crowded” = too busy to enjoy. “Popular” = busy but enjoyable)

  • 1= Most options crowded (lagoons, small lakes)

  • 2= Crowded shoreline/launches but deep water not

  • 3= Main launches popular but other launches exist

  • 4= Vast kiteable shoreline

  • 5= Generally < 25 kiters at peak season

Beginner Friendly (max 5 points):

  • 2 points for flat water rating of 4 or 5, one point for flat water of 3

  • 1 point for “Not Crowded” rating of 3 or higher

  • 1 point for limited rocks/obstacles

  • 1 point for “Accommodation < 200m of launch” tag

  • 1 point for “Launch Space > 25m” tag

Other Activities (generally within ~50km, max 5 points):  

  • 1 point for established surfing lessons or fishing charters (open ocean)

  • 1 point for flat water & established non-kite rentals (smaller water)

  • 1 point for tourist center

  • 1 point for mountain/hills (provides multiple activity options)

  • 1 point for historic site seeing

  • 1 point for other notable activities

Nightlife:

  • 1= Limited to people at your accommodation; < 100 kiters per km

  • 2= A social spot exists for people from different hotels

  • 3= 2-3 weekly busy bar nights within 10km

  • 4= 2-3 weekly busy bar nights & it’s a busy “tourist venue” for non-kiters

  • 5= 3-7 weekly busy bar nights & it’s a busy “party/nightlife venue” for non-kiters

Family Friendly (max 5 points):

  • 2 points for “Accommodation < 200m of launch” tag

  • 1 point for a score of 4 or 5 for “Other Activities”

  • 1 point for 30+ for Restaurants

  • 1 point for “Moderate” or “High” wifi

  • 1 point for “Flat Water” rating of 3 or higher

Features

  • Accommodation < 200m of launch: Minimum 5+ operators

  • Downwinders > 10 km: Shoreline must have public, safe access

  • Waves 1-2m: 1-2m waves at a launch or within 500m of shoreline

  • Waves 2m+: 2m+ waves at a launch or within 500m of shoreline

  • Launch Space > 25m: can include shallow water (<1m)