Chile boasts 4000 km of beautiful coastline facing the Pacific Ocean with many vast beaches and secluded spots. It makes Chile a perfect destination for kitesurfing and windsurfing in South America. Due to storms in Antarctica accompanied by stable and robust southwest winds, there is enough wind power, up to 35 knots, for kites and sails to speed up.
Extreme wind and waves of еру Chilean coast suit experienced riders and may be too rough for beginners. The kiting, surfing and windsurfing season in Chile starts in October and lasts till March bringing some 3-5 meter swells. However, keep in mind that water is always cold in Chile, so a wetsuit is a must. The air temperature is usually lower on the coast than inland.
Kitesurfing and windsurfing spots in Chile
Matanzas, La Vega de Pupuya, and La Boca de Rapel are some of the most popular spots for kitesurfing in Chile. They are also perfect for windsurfing. Matanzas, located in 2.5-hours south from the capital city of Santiago, is an excellent base for water sports enthusiasts because it features at least four excellent beaches for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Many riders stay at hotel Surazo or the Olas de Matanzas campsite.
Pupuya & La Roca Cuadrada
Pupuya is located just a few kilometers south of Matanzas. It boasts strong on-shore winds suitable for practicing acrobatic stunts. La Roca Cuadrada, just north of Matanzas village, has the reputation of one of the best surfing spots in the world.
If you drive south from Matanzas for about an hour, you can reach Topocalma that boasts the strongest winds on the coast. It is popular with windsurfers and surfers. For kites, the local wind might be too abrupt, making it almost impossible to kitesurf.
Windsurfing on lakes
In Chile, another popular option for windsurfing is on the country's numerous lakes. While In the Northern Area and the Central Region, windsurfing is mostly practiced on coastal beaches, whereas in the southern areas of Chile it is mostly done in lagoons and lakes, especially in the Araucania and the Lakes District. Villarrica Lake (87 km pr 54 mi southeast of Temuco), Caburgua Lake (23 km or 14 mi east of Pucon) and Llanquihue Lake (20 km or 12 mi north of Puerto Montt) are some of the places worth heading to for a great windsurfing trip in a scenic setting.