Windsurfing
Soma Bay

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Windsurfing inSoma Bay

Soma Bay , is where it all started

This beautiful and secluded bay is situated just 10 minutes north of Safaga and has some small, offshore islands that protect the bay from big waves.

And indeed, flat water, small to medium sized waves and shallow areas offering something for every level of ability.

With low tide, the huge offshore sandbank flattens the water surface and becomes a speed piste while the high tide enlarges the standing area close to the beach, providing perfect beginner conditions.

Further out, you find chop hops and smaller waves up to 1 ½ metres with ideal conditions for perfecting your power-gybe or freestyle moves.

There is wind throughout the year, with some of the best in the summer, usually sideshore to side-offshore. However, as Soma Bay also enjoys at least 1 Bft more than Hurghada further up the coast, it is a popular spot all year round.

In the summer months, from May to October, the average wind is around 22 knots or 6 Bft with the afternoons sometimes getting even stronger winds, especially in September.



Practical Advice on Windsurfing

What do bring along – Equipment rental / storage

Kitesurf equipment is usually not as bulky and heavy as other surf equipment and usually fits into an oversized bag – this is not the case with other windsurf boards and sails. However, you had better check with your airline company if excess weight and luggage is allowed, in most cases you will have to pay an extra fee for your extra luggage! If you would like to rent the necessary equipment, it is highly recommended to make a reservation with the kitesurf centre well in advance, to make sure that your favourite board and sail is available.

Bring along as well plenty of sun blockers, maybe your personal wetsuit or rash guard, depending on the season. Keep in mind that the water temperature can drop to an uncomfortable 20 degrees in February and March, whereas you do not have to worry in the late summer months when the water warms to as much as 29 degrees. If you do bring your equipment along, you can store it safely at the professional centres, subject to certain storage fees.

Professional centres will offer the latest gear, suitable for beginners up to advanced kiters. Boards and kites come in different sizes, depending on your experience level and wind strength and you might find brands like Naish, Carved and Takoon and F-One.



Windsurfing Conditions

Kitesurfing is possible in winds from 8 to 10 knots, about 3 Bft, to a maximum of 20 / 27 knots, or 6 to 7 Bft, depending on the kind of kite you choose and your level of experience and skills. The wind direction from cross-shore is considered to be the best, and the coasts of Egypt have plenty of it, especially in the summer months! If you ride with offshore winds – this means the wind comes from the land – make sure to stay close to the coast, or that there is a rescue boat patrolling; otherwise you might have a hard time coming back!

Like with many other water sports activities, beginners will prefer shallow lagoons with a sandy bottom, sheltered from the waves and with no obstacles such as rocks and stones in the water. Kiters also need an extensive practice area, away from windsurfers or other water sports enthusiasts, so that everyone can enjoy their own spot in a safe environment. In some places, you will be taken to appropriate lagoons or deserted bays not far from the centre, the transfer is usually included in the service. You usually would always start from shallow lagoons with long down winds, to progress in your way to navigate.

If you are a beginner, you do not need to bring anything, the centre will provide you with all you need. A good idea, however, is bring along booties or old trainers, a lycra shirt and some shorts in the summer are fine (from April to November), or full long sleeve surf suit for the colder months. Always bring plenty of sunscreen.



Windsurfing Courses in the Red Sea

Training courses comprise the fundamentals of theory, practise and safety on the water. Beginner courses usually include the training material (board, rig, accessories); a complete beginner course can take around 8 hours (for instance with the international association VDWS which is widespread in Egypt) and achieve an international surfer license. Advanced students who wish to get to the next level, can enrol in courses of an average of 4 hours, on request, it is possible to have group courses. Private lessons are available for instance if you wish to learn a special loop or master some spectacular jump.
There are also specialized courses for slalom and free riding, power jibes and many other specialties. The material has to be rented, however, for advanced courses or private coaching. Even children starting from 8 years can start with discovery programmes and even full courses.
And since the Red Sea is just a fantastic place, offering numerous options to discover its wonders, why do you want to stick to only one sports activity? With some combined programmes, it is possible to mix windsurfing with kitesurfing or scuba diving. If you pick up a day or so of no or only light wind, no other place than the Red Sea can offer you great alternative activities such as snorkelling or diving!

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