Frequently Asked Questions
We have put together some of the most asked questions, to help you answer some facts about surfing, kiting and our set up before even getting in touch
Our surf season starts from 15th of December until 15th of March and then again from 1st of June to 31st of October. Throughout the season the conditions are great for beginners on a daily basis. For more intermediate / advanced surfers we get the most consistent swells in January and February as well as from June - September with bigger waves.
Average swells are between 1.2m - 1.5m in season. This means that our beginner spot will provide waist high waves on average and the intermediate / advanced spots on the outer reefs chest to head high waves. We can get bigger waves than that although conditions are generally most fun and cleanest with medium sized swells.
The surf trips are scheduled with the tides and conditions and times are changing daily. Please check with as at least one day in advance to find out about the schedule and availability for the next day (this way you won't miss an early morning session as well)
Surfing on the island is very tide dependant, which means that we only get one window of good surf in the day. Tide timing depends on the spot we surf and other conditions such as wind strength and direction as well as tide phase. For those reasons we run only 1 surf trip per day and after the trip is finished the waves are as well and unfortunately there is no chance to keep practicing after a lesson and we will have to wait for the next day.
No. All surf spots in Zanzibar are out on the reef and only accessible by boat.
We provide all the gear including reef shoes as well as snacks on the boat. You should bring lots of sun lotion (make sure it is extra waterproof one), a towel and dry clothes for after the surf and that's it. If you want to bring a camera make sure to have a waterproof bag to keep it in the boat.
We have a wide range of surf boards. For beginners we provide the beginner soft top boards. For intermediate and advanced surfers we have a good range of fibreglass and epoxy boards between 5'8 and 8'6.
The amount of guides depends on group size and level of surfers. All lessons are group lessons and usually no more than 6 or maximum 7 students per instructor. We are the only ones in the spot which means even in a bigger group you will be able to catch a lot of waves and progress nicely.
The kite season is a bit shorter than the wave season and starts from 15th of December to 15th of March and then again from beginning of June to end of September. The best and most consistent months with highest chances of wind every day are January and February as well as June, July & August.
Kite sizes used most in Zanzibar are 10m - 14m kites. If you bring a size between 9-11m and one bigger size you should cover most days. Small kite sizes are hardly used on the island.
Well, this really depends on each and everyones individual learning curve. The average person takes around 9-12 hours in a semi private group course or 4-6 hours in a private course to have the first success riding both directions. A few more hours can get you to a level of confident riding, doing transitions and being able to rent gear on your own. Again, every student is different and some pick it up quicker and others may need a lot more hours. Our instructors will be able to adapt the course to your individual learning curve and go in the speed that is most productive to get you riding and independent as soon as possible. If you had board sports experience such as wake boarding, snowboarding or surfing you will probably pick it up quicker when it comes to the board riding. Any experience with wind sports such as sailing or windsurfing will help you understand the kite a lot quicker. No experience at all is also not a bad thing, since you won't have bad habits from related but different sports 🙂
Most of our instructors come from all over the world and change seasonally. First language on lessons is English, but if you need lessons in a different language ask us and we can have a look if we have an instructor available who speaks your mother tongue.
The tides have a big influence on kiting conditions. As an experienced kiter you can kite all day if there is wind. The water goes flatter on mid and low tide and choppy on the high tide. Best teaching conditions are over mid and low tide when the water is shallower. We will advise you on best schedule throughout your stay when booking lessons with us.
We use the latest Liquid Force Equipment at our center and keep the gear in great condition and change it regularly to offer you the best quality possible.
If you have a short time frame we recommend to opt for a surf trip. You won't be a good surfer after a short course but you will be able to have a ton of fun without breaking the bank. Another alternative for shorter time frame is Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Kitesurfing can not be learned in a day but you are able to find out if it is a sport you would like to continue in a few hours speed / crash course. Just let us know your time frame at time of booking and we can advise for the best option also depending on conditions and your budget.
We include hotel transfers on all wave surfing trips from any hotel in Jambiani, Paje or Bwejuu. If you are staying in a different location on the island, we are happy to help you arrange a driver at reasonable cost. For all other activities (kiting and SUP) we don't include transportation and you can meet us at our center in Paje for the scheduled appointment.
We accept payments in cash in USD, TSH, € as well as payments via credit card (Visa, Master & Amex). Please note that a 5% banking fee will be added to your bill when paying via card.
Depending on the time of year we can get very busy and booked up quickly. For example over Christmas and New Years Spots are often booked up weeks in advance. The earlier you sign up the better but generally we have space most days if you sign up for lessons and trips at least 2 days in advance.
Not where we kite & surf 🙂 If you go diving and are lucky you can spot some small reef sharks. But the scary big ones haven't been seen around.
The gear used during surf & kite lessons has a basic insurance since you will be with our instructor. When renting SUPs, kitesurfing gear or fibreglass surf boards we do not include insurance and recommend to buy a worldwide gear rental insurance to cover you in any case. We recommend the VDWS Safety Tool.