I have been looking for a long while for beaches that have a proper balance between wind and waves in Egypt, I’ve heard a lot of rumours about rare nice wave days over the south Sinai region, kitesurfing spots like Ras Sudr, el-Tur and Dahab can offer really strong and fun conditions and combined with swell, it can give a very close feeling to riding waves.
I had my money on somewhere else tho. Not much people believed me when I said Sharm el-Sheik has got waves, so I had to prove it!
Me and Lina were then determined to find out if those waves were actually any good, we scouted many locations on the coast of Nabq which is famous for delivering very strong winds in the winter season, venturing into it’s national park on our quest to find a wave beach we stopped at a bedouin fishing shack to ask the locals if such conditions where to be found, I remember very clearly the funny look on the bedouin’s face while he said to me “the spot is right in front of your eyes!” He took me just past the shack which was blocking the view of the sea. There it was!!!
An amazing wave spot with nice and safe on-shore wind direction, I couldn’t believe it! we are at Sharm el-Sheik and it has waves!!!!!!
I quickly grabbed my 9m kite and starting pumping and Lina grabbed her camera to start shooting.
I started to scout the area to look where it was safest to start and I have to admit, I was a bit scared! the wind was gusting to 30 knots and the waves looked quite big for guy like me with not much surf experience, in my mind I was thinking at least its onshore winds, which should blow me back to shore if anything happens.
It was go time for me, I launched my kite, jumped into my board and started riding upwind as hard as I can to clear the shore break. It was big enough to level me to the ground!
As soon as I was upwind enough, the ride started to become more and more fun and I started to have the guts to ride some waves. I already knew that I had to approach the wave from toe-side and then slash it on my heels. of course it didn’t work out the first time, I got munched by a wave as I messed up my timing.
Trying more and more I started to get the hang of it and before you know it, It starts to become easy. I had so much fun riding,slashing and jumping those waves, It really opened my eyes to another dimension of kitesurfing! Its really cool that with this sport you can kite in any conditions whether its flat water, waves, sand or snow, you can do it all!
So next time you get the opportunity to ride in waves DO IT!!!!!!!