ION CLUB FUERTEVENTURA
RISCO DEL PASO.
The Best of Surfing Elements
Location : Risco Del Paso/Fuerteventura
Season : All year round
Opening hours: September until April, daily 10.30 – 17.00 , May until August , daily 10.00 – 18.00
The beautiful natural beach at Risco del Paso, Fuerteventura is located seven kilometers south of Costa Calma. In 2013, ION CLUB opened a wind and kitesurfing school there.
Guests can take the regular and free shuttle service between the center Risco del Paso and Costa Calma. Only a few places in the world offer so many different surf conditions in just one spot than Fuerteventura.
Here at the center you will find a large sandy beach, safe shallow water and wind throughout the year, which makes Risco del Paso a unique place.
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A WORD FROM THE MANAGER
“The Risco del Paso natural park on Fuerteventura is in an idyllic place to practice our hobby or lifestyle. The prevailing trade winds blow almost throughout the year along with the incredible temperatures that accompany during practically the whole year. They make Risco del Paso a unique place. Where the tides along with the wind play with the sand creating flat water lagoons perfect for kitesurfing, windsurfing or stand up paddle. It doesn’t matter what level you have, since the conditions allow you to enjoy the most advanced and help you progress when you are starting.”
Best spots on Fuerteventura
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
The hills right behind the beach of Risco del Paso Playa Sotavento accelerate the normal wind strength and also alter the direction of the wind. The direction is more northerly to northwesterly than northeasterly, and blows side-offshore to offshore from the left. Particularly in the summer months the wind is quite
strong and very reliable, but also in spring and autumn there are very good conditions making a windsurfing or kitesurfing trip worthwhile at this time.
The waves to the left hand side can get up to two meters high. The waves turn to the direction of the beach due to the large sandbank which divides the lagoon, the open sea and the shape of the bay. Therefore there are fantastic
waveriding conditions especially for beginners. There are no rocks or stones to disturb your session, only pure sand.
RISCO DEL PASO – LAGOON
The huge sandy beach and the windsurfing and kitesurfing spot at Risco del Paso Playa Sotavento is in a class of its own and for sure one of the best places on Fuerteventura. It’s hard to find a spot that offers so many different conditions all at the same place. The windsurfing speed track in Risco del Paso in front of the center really lives up to its name. Depending on the tide there is a large shallow area in front of the center, which is superb for intermediate sailors to practice waterstarts and jibes. Another advantage when the tide is up are two shallow water pools which are used for beginner lessons, giving the students a very safe feeling. Kitesurf lessons are held to the left and separate from the windsurfing area.
WAVE SPOT FUERTEVENTURA
More windward of the ION CLUB center there is a nice wave sailing spot with waves up to a maximum of one meter. It is brilliant for those who want to make the first steps in wave sailing as the waves normally break very smoothly and the sandy bottom is harmless.
FUERTEVENTURA – COSTA CALMA
You will find ION CLUB Costa Calma directly in the middle of the huge sandy beach of Costa Calma, in front of the Hotel Monica Beach. Enjoy the unique comfort of this spot, as it is only a short walk away from most of the hotels. Besides the advantage of short ways between accommodation and center you will find some of the most brilliant windsurfing conditions on Fuerteventura, especially for beginners in the morning and for intermediates and freeride sailors during the day. In the morning, starter lessons will normally take place in calm conditions with almost no waves disturbing. Once the wind machine of Fuerteventura is turned on, Freeriders will find excellent flat water conditions to speed up.
HOW TO GET TO RISCO DEL PASO?
From Fuerteventura Airport
To go to Risco del Paso, you will pass by Costa Calma first. The drive from the airport to Costa Calma takes about 1 hour, 1 hour and 15 min approx to risco del Paso and to Esquinzo around 1 hour 40 min (ca. 100 km). From the airport drive along the FV-2 towards 'Morro Jable and Jandia'. The ION CLUB Center in Costa Calma is located right on the beach in front of the SBH Costa Calma Palace and the Monica Beach Hotel. If you are traveling with a rental car and want to get from Costa Calma to Risco del Paso, you drive on FV-2 direction Morro Jable to 72 kilometers "Risco del Paso" there it goes to the left along a small dirt road to paradise - the journey takes about 20 minutes. If you are traveling from Esquinzo and want to get to Risco del Paso, you drive on FV-2 direction Jandia, then there it goes right along a small dirt road...
Playa Risco Del Paso, Km 72, 35627 Pájara, Las Palmas, Spain
WHAT TO DO AROUND FUERTEVENTURA?
A short off-road trip away from Costa Calma, you can find a small town called Cofete, it is situated in one of the Nature Parks of Fuerteventura. After enjoying a panoramic view of the south coast of Fuerteventura, you can enjoy some of the typical canarian dishes in the local restaurant.
La Pared is situated on the West Coast, about 10 km from Costa Calma. In this small little town, you can find a very nice beach and some waves, perfect for surfing. A must do on your trip to Fuerteventura is to sit on the cliffs of La Pared and watch the sun disappear on the horizon.
For hiking fans, Fuerteventura has a few things to offer, one of them is the so called “Baranco de las penitas”. After a walk through the volcanic rocks, where you will see a few of the local chipmunks and goats, you will find a “rock window” through which you have a nice view of the mountains.
WE ARE HERE TO HELP
A story of pioneer since 1985
The story of the ION CLUB tells of people who have turned their passion for windsurfing and kitesurfing into a profession. Since its founding in 1985, customer orientation, team spirit, innovation and professionalism have been the top priorities of our corporate philosophy.
The ION CLUB / Club Mistral has gained a lot of experience in the 30 years of its existence and has developed more and more into a company that focuses on communicating with guests and fulfilling their needs and wishes.
With 18 water sports schools worldwide, we are one of the leading companies in this field. ION CLUB has a network of international partners in different countries. We strive to be international and multicultural and express this through the selection of our employees, who currently come from 24 different countries.
Frequently asked questions ?
LESSONS IN FUERTEVENTURA
Do you need to be young and strong to learn kitesurfing?
No you don’t need to. It’s a sport where you need feeling not strength.
How many lessons do I need to learn kitesurfing from a total beginner?
After 8-10 hours in easy conditions you normally start to ride. But already after 1hr you can have a lot of fun.
What kind of classes do you offer?
We offer private and semi private classes for all levels and all disciplines. All the lessons are done using the advanced BB talking radio system.
What do I need to bring for my kite/windsurf lessons at ION CLUB Fuerteventura?
You should bring sun protection, sunglasses (preferably with a strap so you don’t lose them) and a smile on your face. Everything else (wetsuit, harness, helmet, life jacket and kite equipment) will be provided by us.
What languages do your instructors speak?
All our instructors speak English and normally we have Spanish, Italian, German and French speaking instructors in our team.
How can I pay for my lessons?
We accept all types of credit-cards, Euro and you can now pay through our web page with your smartphone – link –
Is wetsuit, harness and protection (lifejacket and helmet) included in the price?
We really care about the comfort and safety of our guests. Wetsuit, harness, life jacket and helmet are included in the price of lessons as well as in the price when you’re renting your equipment.
What happens if I pay for the lesson in advance but there is no wind?
Kitesurfing and Windsurfing are both sports that depends on the nature. Fuerteventura is one of the best spots in Europe to guarantee wind but of course, no wind days can happen as well. If you are renting with us, you can use the SUPs free of charge, and maybe we can offer some wakeboarding activity if the water is flat enough.
If you have booked lessons with us and the conditions don’t allow us to provide the lesson, you will get a voucher for the remaining lessons. Perfect excuse to come back to Fuerteventura one day…
Why is ION CLUB the best school in Fuerteventura?
ION CLUB has been teaching watersports for more than 35 years worldwide and followed the development of the sports and the gear. We are based on the beautiful beach of Sotavento and Costa Calma beach, the perfect spots for both windsurf & kitesurf in Fuerteventura.
Our professional and friendly team is multilingual, certified with the Spanish license and German VDWS license and IKO. We teach Kitesurfing with the radio BB Talking system, that provides the fastest way of learning and every lesson is fitted to your personal needs to make a great progression.
Our guests have the unique possibility to use the showers, changing room, lockers right on the beach.
After your session you can chill on the private chill-out area, enjoy the beach vibes.
RENTAL iN FUERTEVENTURA
Do I need to book equipment in advance?
Pre-booking will always assure you the best price and availability.
Do I need insurance for the equipment?
It is recommended if you like a stress-free vacation but you can choose not to take it.
What does a rental include?
The complete gear, a wetsuit and a harness if you did not bring your own.
Do I have to bring my own wetsuit and harness?
If you prefer a special model it’s recommended. Or if you want to make sure to find your size available.
Can I store my own equipment at your center?
No unfortunately, we do not offer storage at our center in Fuerteventura.
Can I rent equipment and go to a different spot?
No unfortunately you can’t.
What happens if I pay for rental in advance but there is no wind?
It depends on the rental option you choose.
Do you have a rescue boat?
All of our guests are under the supervision of a private safety boat. For our guests, rescues are included in the price of the rental or the lessons. The other users of the spot can purchase a rescue ticket before going on the water. One rescue is 30 euros or buy 2 rescues for 50 euros. If you haven’t bought a ticket before but need to be rescued, you will pay 50 euros/rescue.
SPOTs risco del paso & costa calma
What is the best time of the year to COME TO Fuerteventura?
Fuerteventura offers good conditions all year but of course from March to November the weather is normally nicer.
Where can I check the wind conditions?
It is hard to read the forecast because the micro climate of the area is affecting the standard charts. Our team will be happy to give their view on daily basis during your stay and suggest the best activity to organize.
What is the best wind direction for the spot in RISCO DEL PASO?
The wind in summer is mainly off shore at Risco del Paso.
Do I need shoes at your spot?
No you don’t need to wear shoes. It is sand everywhere.
What no-wind activities do you offer?
Stand Up Paddle and also Wakeboarding but only if the water is flat enough.