Israel has become a country of surfers since the first surfboard was brought to Israel by a Californian doctor in the 1950’s. Whilst surfing in Israel is a popular sport, windsurfing and kitesurfing in Israel are also incredibly popular, with Israel having won Olympic medals for windsurfing. Windsurfing and kitesurfing take place along Israel’s Mediterranean coastlinewhere a number of prestigious centers operate, as well as at the Sea of Galilee and in Eilat.
Kitesurfers on a quiet beach by Or Hiltch, on Flickr
As soon as the waves and the wind get good, beaches in Israel become dotted with surfers of all abilities, a far cry from when that Californian doctor gave his first surfboard to a Tel Aviv lifeguard fifty years ago. Today, there are tens of surf schools, all along the Mediterranean coastline, as well as at the Sea of Galilee and in Eilat, some of which specialize in windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Peak season for the wind on the Mediterranean is in the Spring and Fall months of May, June, September, and October, although there is wind year-round in different parts of the country, with Eilat having over 200 days of windy conditions every year.
A common question we receive is where to rent kitesurf gear in Israel, and to the best of our knowledge, this is not possible at the present time.
Where to Windsurf or Kitesurf in Israel?
We recommend a hugely prestigious windsurfing and kitesurfing school on Israel’s Mediterranean Coast, about 45 minutes north of Tel Aviv. The sea is quiet, the teaching is good, and the experience is exhilarating. Among their past students are an Olympic Gold Medalist.
We are pleased to offer a number of programs perfect for tourists or residents, from beginners to more advanced surfers – full information on these courses, as well as prices, and the ability to enquire or book can be found on the relevant page: