Squamish Kiteboarding- Overview & Lessons
Squamish kiteboarding has earned the rightful reputation as a world class kiting destination. This is due to unique weather conditions that provide a consistent wind flow. Squamish has become a Mecca for kiteboarders from around the world. Squamish Kiteboarding usually begins at the Spit or Nexon beach. The Squamish Spit in known as one of the best organized locations on the lower mainland.
The bay is at the mouth of the glacier-fed Squamish river, so make sure you bring a wet suit or dry suit to enjoy the water!
If you want to learn how to take off and enjoy the world class wind, try Squamish kiteboarding this year. We book lessons suited for beginners to experts that are taught by the local experts.
- The Best weather : May to September
- Wind Conditions: 15- 20 knots, or 7-9m kites
- Water Temperature: 57 degrees or full wet suit
- Water Type: Flat and some Choppy
- Weather: Sunny, Mild, and Windy!
- Daily Fee: 20$ or $165.00 Yearly membership
Book a Lesson today to discover Squamish kiteboarding!
Squamish Kiteboarding Resources
History and Geography of Squamish Kiteboarding
Squamish means “Mother of the Wind`. This is a name given by the first nations due to the breeze that frequently sweeps through the bay. The geography of Squamish creates the ideal conditions for kiteboarding. When the temperature is colder in Vancouver than Squamish, the thermal winds flow up the valley. This creates the strong, consistent air flow kiteboarding requires.
Originally The Spit was a large destination for windsurfing. However, since kiteboarding has exploded in popularity the spit has become home to many people looking to enjoy Squamish kiteboarding .
The Spit is located at the end of the Howe Sound inlet. The inlet provides protection from the Pacific waves, allowing for calm water. The launch spot for kiteboarding is near the estuary, where glacier fed rivers are flowing into the Ocean. The water is cold, but a wet suit will help you enjoy the great kiting conditions.
The Spit is a great location to go check out Squamish kiteboarding, or jump in the water and take a lesson yourself!
Squamish Kiteboarding Weather Tips
The thermal winds blow whenever the weather is cooler in Vancouver than Squamish. The greater the difference in temperature, the stronger the winds will be. The temperature gradient is usually established by 10 or 11am and will continue to develop through the day.
Look up! A clear sky is a good sign of smooth wind. If there is cloud in the north or the south it often means a more gusty wind, which is not ideal for kiting.
Be sure to check out the Squamish Wind Sports website for webcams & weather conditions
Squamish Kiteboarding Lessons FAQ’s
Q: Are lessons done in a group or is it 1 on 1?
A: All private lessons are 1 instructor to 1 student ratio. Unless the student has booked the “learn with a friend” package. Then it would be 1 instructor to 2 students who know each other. The “kiteboarding class” and “group lessons” are conducted as a class then split into smaller sub groups.
Q: What will I need to bring for my lesson?
A: For your lesson you will need to bring a pair of thick sweatpants and a thick long sleeve sweatshirt. This is to wear under your dry-suit. Fleece works well also. Thin Lycra is not sufficient. If you have a wetsuit 4/3 or thicker this will work. If your lesson is 2hrs and under a thinner wetsuit will do.
Q: What is included with my kiteboarding lesson?
A:You will be provided w/ instructor, Personal water craft, insurance, dry-suit, booties, gloves, life vest, helmet, waist harness, kites, kiteboards, bar & lines and pump. complimentary water or pop will also be available. Our instructors use top of the line gear!
Q: What happens if I have a lesson booked and there is no wind that day or if the wind stops during my lesson?
A: If the forecast doesn’t look promising the lesson is called off and rescheduled for a later date. If the wind stops during the private lessons, it’s timed off and continued from where the lesson ended at a later date. The Kiteboarding class is continued and finished.
Q: Is there any part of the lesson done in the classroom or is there a set curriculum to follow?
A: Absolutely not. The whole lesson is conducted on the Spit and in the water. We tailor the lesson to the students needs and abilities. Every student is unique and we understand that students will learn with different methods and at a different pace!
Q: Are there any other fees?
A: The Squamish Wind Sports requires a $20 day fee or an annual membership for any user of the Spit. Even though you are with the kite School this is a separate fee and is processed separately. Please bring the appropriate payment for the SWS to your lesson.
Drive north on Highway 99, past Downtown Squamish until you reach Industrial Way. Turn left. You’ll reach a T intersection at Queens Way, turn Right. Follow Queens way until it curves hard left and becomes Government Road. Follow it 1 km past the train tracks, to a small turn off and sign on your right for The Spit (gravel road).
Turn left at the next T and follow this gravel road until the end of the road to reach the Spit.