ION CLUB SAFAGA
The Best of Surfing Elements
Location : Safaga, Red Sea, Egypt
Season : From March 2022
Opening hours : Daily 8.30am – 05.00pm
Located about 50 kilometers south of Hurghada, the Egyptian destination of Safaga is home to many scuba diving clubs, and is also one of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing spots in Egypt. The contrast between the deep blue and turquoise colours of the Red Sea, and the arid mountains of the hinterland makes Safaga a fantastic setting for your kitesurfing or windsurfing trip in this particularly windy desert. Since 1991, the ION CLUB Safaga center, close to the Shams hotels, has been one of the best addresses among the windsurfing centers in Egypt. ION CLUB Safaga has also offered kitesurfing since 2003, with courses and rentals on offer. One of the highlights of the spot for all windsurfers and kitesurfers are the organized trips to the paradise island of Tobia, a small sandy island located close by.
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Safaga is an ideal place for all those who want to learn, progress and enjoy windsurfing, kitesurfing and foiling. The spot in front of the ION CLUB Safaga center is very large, and the different colours of the translucent water make it a really great place for water sports. In the morning the wind blows side-offshore and comes from the left when facing the sea, turning to side-shore around noon. The sailing conditions are perfect for teaching kitesurfing and windsurfing, or for independent riders, whether you want to increase your speed or improve your freestyle tricks. The ION CLUB windsurfing and kitesurfing center is located right next to the three hotels of the Shams chain, including the 5-star Shams Prestige. The ION CLUB team will undoubtedly do its best to make your holiday magical and memorable.
In Egypt, kitesurfing and windsurfing are now heavily associated with our country, and especially with the beautiful region of Safaga.
DISCOVER the best spots in SAFAGA
Safaga is a kitesurfing and windsurfing spot perfectly suited for all those who love being out on the water. Here you will enjoy the conditions whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced rider. Our kitesurfing school organizes courses mostly in a shallow water area, so the water start becomes easily within reach. The water is flat in the morning, slightly choppy in the afternoon, and the wind is steady. The launch area for kiteboarding is in front of the ION CLUB center, and is an easy launch. The spot offers varied conditions ideal for slalom, freeride and freestyle
The windy conditions in the morning usually encourage a trip to Tobia Island, a sandy island surrounded by turquoise water less than 4 kilometers from the ION CLUB Safaga center. It is well worth the trip.
The spot of Soma Bay, a huge spot with clear water, about 7 km upwind from Safaga, is an incredible and safe place for all kitesurfers and windsurfers, as well as for foilers.
March, April, May, June, September, October, November
In the morning, the wind blows side-offshore, coming from the left when looking at the sea, turning side-shore around noon. The wind conditions in the morning favour kitesurfing and windsurfing beginners. It is also a perfect opportunity for independent kiters to take advantage of an excursion to Tobia Island, a sandy island surrounded by turquoise water less than 4 kilometers from the ION CLUB center ... not to be missed! In the afternoon, the wind turns to side-shore and often becomes stronger, around 20-25 knots, sometimes a little more until the end of the day. In order to limit incidents between kitesurfers and windsurfers, two separate areas are set up, and the few coral areas are clearly marked. You can relax and sail without risk … the Safaga kitesurfing and windsurfing center has thought of everything!
Spot without waves, sometimes a little choppy if the wind is strong
HOW TO GET THERE ?
From Hurghada Airport
After leaving Hurghada airport, take the new highway south to Safaga. Follow the highway for about 45 minutes (60 km), then take the first exit before Safaga. After about 200 meters, turn left in front of the Amarina Hotel and drive to the end of the road, where you will find the Shams Hotels and the ION CLUB center.
Unnamed Rd,، Safaga, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt
WHAT TO DO AROUND SAFAGA ?
If you would like to ride a different kitesurfing spot to Safaga, it is quite possible to organize a full day trip to El Gouna, closer to Hurghada. In the evening enjoy the marina, take time to refresh yourself or have a meal in one of the many local bars and restaurants.
If you have some time left during your kite or windsurfing trip to Safaga, don’t hesitate to plan a day trip to Luxor. Visit the different museums and observe the antiquities to discover a little bit more about the history of ancient Egypt. The tour is a one day trip (departure at 6:00 am, return around 8:00 pm). Luxor is often referred to as “the world’s largest open-air museum”, and it is an extraordinary place. Nothing in the world compares to the majesty of the monuments that have survived in the ancient city of Luxor, once called Thebes.
It is possible to organize a 2-3 day trip to Cairo and the pyramids of Giza from Hurghada.
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 38 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 17 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
IS KITESURFING ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE ?
Yes, like all sports, you have to be in good shape. Children must be a minimum of 12 years old in order to take part.
HOW MANY LESSONS DO I NEED TO LEARN KITESURFING (TOTAL BEGINNER)?
On average 12 hours.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING FOR MY KITE / WINDSURF / WINGFOIL LESSONS?
Included in the course: wetsuit, harness, leash, vest and helmet.
WHAT LANGUAGES DO YOUR INSTRUCTORS SPEAK?
WHAT HAPPENS IF I PAY FOR THE LESSON IN ADVANCE BUT THERE IS NO WIND?
At the time of your departure, the center will take stock of the situation and you will be issued with an ION CLUB credit note corresponding to the number of hours not taken, valid for all ION CLUB destinations for 24 months.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO PAY BY CARD?
CAN WE WITHDRAW MONEY?
Is there WIFI?
WHAT WINDLESS ACTIVITIES DO YOU PROPOSE ?
DO YOU SUPERVISE THE CHILDREN ?
IS THERE A SHUTTLE SERVICE FROM THE HOTELS?
ION CLUB does not organize a hotel shuttle. However, you can ask your hotel for more information.
IS THERE FOOD AND DRINK AVAILABLE NEAR THE CENTER?
DO I NEED TO RESERVE EQUIPMENT IN ADVANCE?
It is recommended.
DO I NEED INSURANCE FOR THE EQUIPMENT?
It is recommended.
WHAT DOES A RENTAL INCLUDE?
Complete equipment + wetsuit, harness, leash, helmet, vest.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN WETSUIT AND HARNESS?
It is recommended if you rent your equipment.
CAN I STORE MY OWN EQUIPMENT AT YOUR CENTER?
CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT AND GO TO ANOTHER PLACE?
WHAT HAPPENS IF I PAY THE RENTAL IN ADVANCE BUT THERE IS NO WIND?
You can use the SUP boards available at the center at no extra charge.
DO YOU HAVE A LIFEBOAT?
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO KITE IN COSTA CALMA?
The conditions are good from March to November. The best period is from May to September.
WHERE CAN I CHECK THE WIND CONDITIONS?
On the Windguru website.
DO I NEED BOOTIES ON THE SPOT?
WHAT THICKNESS OF SUIT IS RECOMMENDED?
Shorty or 3/2mm wetsuit from November to April and swimsuit + lycra to protect you from the sun from May to October.
WHAT DOES THE EQUIPMENT BREAKAGE INSURANCE COVER ?
Conditions are good all year around for wind. From November to March for waves, and April to October for flat water.