Kitesurf Centre (Magawish, Sofitel) In HURGHADA
One of the worlds’ premier Kitesurfing centres and schools.
This centre opened in 2002 at the Magawish Hotel in Hurghada. Starting off as a fairly small operation the centre has grown from strength to strength over the years and now boasts full rescue and beach services with launching and landing assistance, weather stations, wireless internet and a shop stocked with the latest equipment. It’s our aim to be on the forefront of the Kite surfing industry so you’ll always find the highest quality products available for test and purchase.
In addition to our top of the line materials you will find a multi-lingual staff of Instructors, management and beach assistants on hand to cater for all your Kiting needs during your stay! With 3 separate areas for experts, beginners and a completely dedicated school area, you will find it one of the safest and accessible places to learn and improve your skills.
In addition to introducing and educating hundreds of students to the sport of Kite surfing. The centre also caters for many free-riders and pro-kiters. We’re always pleased to welcome back guests who visit us time and time again to enjoy the good winds and warm waters.
Our facilities include: Compressed air for easy pumping of kites, extensive rescue service, equipment cleaning and storage, kite and bladder repair service, Workshop with all necessary tools and spare parts. 24/7 wireless internet access. Wakeboarding Boat, Sailing Boat, Canoes and Stand Up Paddle Boards.
Lessons can start from between 9.30am and 2 pm depending on the wind conditions during that day. The lessons can be between 3- 5 hours per day depending on the student, instructor and conditions of wind in that week. During lessons we work in a group of 4 students and 2 kites per instructor as laid down by the IKO. (unless you book 1:1 or 2:1 – Private/Semi-Private)
COMPLETE BEGINNER COURSES - IKO Level I+II is a 12 hour group course. Usually run over 4 days, however it may be run over 3-5 days depending on how quickly or slowly the student progresses through these stages. After completing level II it is recommended to have a few days of practice under supervision before starting Level III.
WATER STARTER COURSES - IKO Level II is a 6 hour group course. Usually run over 2 days, however it may be run over 2-5 days depending on how quickly or slowly the student progresses through these stages.
ADVANCED KITING TECHNIQUES IKO Level III is a 6 hour group course Usually run over 2 days, however it may be run over 2-5 days depending on how quickly or slowly the student progresses through these stages.
Private Lessons - Private and Semi Private Lessons are also available Private Lessons consist of 1 student per instructor Semi private lessons consist of 2 students and 2 kites per instructor. Our group courses start in the morning and the private lessons run after group lessons or as soon as an instructor is available. (This rule only applies during our high season)
Supervised Kiteboarding For the Kiteboarder that is not 100% sure of his own abilities but does not want to do a course we offer supervised kiting. This is perfect to do for one or two hours, an instructor will be with you to help you out if needed and soon you will feel confident enough to go out on your own. We also recommend taking supervision hours to practise after you have completed level II and before taking level III.
Advanced Trick Studies These lessons are 2 hour lessons and what we teach is up to you. If you want to work on a specific trick or move, your instructor will help you achieve your goal.
Hurghada is spread out over 30 Kilometers (roughly), the kite centres and best beaches are outside of the centre of town. The centre has the biggest beach for Kitesurfing in Hurghada (around 12 hundred meters). You will experience kiteboarding at its best, our centre is located directly on the Swiss Inn Magawish beach, with huge dedicated shallow areas for beginners and training, separate launch areas for the experts and the now famous sand bar located only 300 meters off shore.
The main launching area is right in front of the centre. Just pump up your kite with our compressor and hit the water. Ride slightly upwind to the sand bar with its flat water areas. The perfect spot for practising those new moves! If you have a problem one of our rescue boats will be there to pick you up and bring you back to the centre.
Our Beach is split into three kitesurfing areas; the school bay, a training bay for beginner kiters (people who are getting up and riding but are not yet confident with their skills) and an intermediate/advanced area for those people who can ride up-wind confidently. In the school and training bay there is no dangerous reef or coral blocks for you to worry about. We have one of the safest centres around. We have staff in all the areas watching and waiting to rescue you by zodiac if needed. We have one of the easiest environments for learning to kitesurf, there are areas with flat water, and areas with choppy water, there are shallow areas and deeper areas in the channel so you will find something for everyone her.
If you need to rent equipment during your stay you’ll find the latest high quality equipment from Naish and Nobile in our racks. Our shop is filled with new and used equipment as well as clothing and any spare part you might need. We carry an extensive range of Kites, boards and spare parts. We also stock and rent harnesses, Impact vests, Helmets and short wet suits.
In our Rental racks we have a full range of 2008 and 2009 Naish Sigma series - Helix, Alliance, Cult and of course Torch. We also have all the new 2008 Nobile kites 555 & NHP. The sizes range from - 6m, 7.5m, 9m, 10, 12m, 13.5m, 14m, 15m, 16m and 20m. In our board racks you will find every size of 2009 Nobile 555, 666, 666 EXT Series and Shinn, Shinn Wave and Skim boards.
In total have we about 100 kites and 50 boards in our racks.
Sunny and Windy! That’s how easy it is to describe the weather in Hurghada. Temperatures range from 23°C during the winter to 38 degrees in July as we come into the summer months. The water temperature is nice throughout the year with 22°C in the winter and up to 28°C in the summer. Leave your rain clothes at home, you will have no use for them here! Rain in this area is very rare and it might rain for a few minutes one or two times per year.
The wind in the Red Sea is powered by the differing temperatures between the land and sea. It blows all year around averaging from Force 4-7Bft. (75 % of the year). In Hurghada this is accelerated by the mountain formations along the Red Sea and boosted additionally by Giftun Island located offshore. It will generally pick up during the day often starting early and sometimes blowing all day. At Magawish the wind normally blows slightly side off shore in the morning with a change to side shore at noon.
Over the winter months you will need to bring a winter wet suit because of the wind chill. We also recommend bringing some good boots/shoes if you are going to be kiting in the training bay or on a course use in the school bay. First thing in the morning and again in the late afternoon it can be a little cold here but in the day it is still 20-25 degrees here, out of the water and wind that is.
PRE BOOKED SPORTS SERVICES
One Weeks Kitesurfing Storage & Rescue Cover (min IKO Level III)
Two Weeks Kitesurfing Storage & Rescue Cover (min IKO Level III)
12 Hours Kitesurfing Beginner Course (IKO Level I & II)
18 Hours Kitesurfing Beginner Course (IKO Level I, II & III)
6 Hours Kitesurfing IKO Intermediate / Water Start Course
2 Hour Private Kitesurfing Instruction
3 Hour course
One Week Kitesurf Rental (IKO Level III Only / upwind sailing ONLY)
Two Weeks Kitesurf Rental (IKO Level III Only / upwind sailing ONLY)