For starters, I would like to clarify that geographically Ras Sudr is in Asia, but as it is part of Egypt and you would probably fly to Cairo airport, I've decided to list it in Africa!
Ras Sudr is located in Sinai, one of the most magical parts of this world, with a lot of history. As a kite location, Ras Sudr is considered one of the best kitesurfing spots in Egypt. The fact that it is just a stone throw away from Cairo makes it a trendy weekend destination for kitesurfers living in Cairo. Ras Sudr has a very chilled and relaxed vibe! People there want to escape the city madness, unwind, kitesurf and have a beer or two! The flat water shallow lagoons and white sandy beaches make it a giant playground for beginners as well as advanced kitesurfers. All the kite spots are throughout 40 kilometres. Ras Sudr is a relatively remote destination and as such is not overcrowded with mega developments or people.
The weather is incredible, during the summer season it’s a sweet 28 to 35 degrees, and the wind is at its best from March all the way through to November. The average wind speed is 16 knots to 25 knots. It tends to be the windiest around end August to end of September with days where it gusts over 30 knots. No wetsuits are needed during the summer months! Just a light rash vest to protect you from getting sunburnt! During the winter months (November to March) most of the centres in Ras Sudr will close for renovation or upgrades from their busy season. During those months, it will get very quiet in Ras Sudr. Some centres might remain open or be willing to hosts guests, but I would recommend you drop them a line before you book.
In Ras Sudr you need a car or taxi to be able to get around the town and to other kite spots. Saying that you will probably kitesurf at the closet spot to where you are staying, and most centres will have enough going on during the day and the evenings to keep you entertained and not wanting to move from one spot to another.
Matarma Bay Hotel has the most extensive and mouth-watering menu in Ras Sudr. When people think food in Ras Sudr, they think Matarma Bay which offers a variety of international cuisine dishes. Soul kitesurfing has their restaurant with delicious burgers, salmon steaks, mussels as well as salads and vegetarian-friendly options. They also offer refreshing smoothies, fresh juices, and coffee. Other than that, there are quite a few restaurants open around, and there will be food at the hotels. All the kitesurfing centres have a beach bar with a lunch menu, snacks, and drinks!
There are eight centres in Ras Sudr at the moment, so there is always something going on that will suit your mood. From crazy parties to just a chilled evening! If you are the laid-back beach type, you will blend right in. The nights are mostly spent with your feet in the sand listening to chilled tunes and enjoying the relaxed vibe. Throughout the year, there are many big events around the holidays, from local rock bands to high-end DJs, and the best part is that they're all at the beach, barefoot!
Soul Kitesurfing is open daily until midnight and offer live music and bands most weekends and always have music playing at night for entertainment. There’s still a crowd dancing the night away at Soul.
Most of the centres rent out SUPs, kayaks and offer wakeboarding. On no wind days, you are 80% guaranteed to see dolphins swimming around! You'll also find other activities to do including yoga, SUP yoga, beach volleyballs, football, tennis and much more. If you want to take a break from the sea, you should book a safari and check out the Ras Sudr desert surrounding the bay. Don't feel like doing any sports? There will always be a crowd to have a beer with and listen to some good tunes.
Most places in Ras Sudr do not have wifi, it may not always be convenient, but they seem to like it that way! However, if you do it, it is easily provided. You can either purchase a sim card for the duration of your visit for close to nothing or ask one of the staff members to 'hot spot' you for a minute!
Soul kitesurfing Centre is based at La Hacienda Hotel. There are over 50 bungalows on the seafront with air conditioning, TV and a mini bar fridge. The bungalows are within walking distance from the centre. Another option we recommend is Matarma Bay which has 44 luxuriously finished bungalows with ensuite bathrooms; all fitted with air conditioning and TV with fantastic views of the bay. 360 Kitesurfing Centre has a designated camping area with direct access to the beach. Here, you can pitch your tent and enjoy unobstructed views of the sea and stars!
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The Kite Buzz centre in Ras Sudr offers great conditions covering the full range of kitesurfing levels and needs. During low tide, there is nothing quite like The Kite Buzz; 2 kilometres of waist-deep water, with constant cross on-shore wind creating the safest and biggest playground at Ras Sedr for over 15 kilometres. No more bumping into each other.
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When it comes to kitesurfing, 360 is one of Egypt’s unique spots as it’s surrounded by different water conditions. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced rider, we guarantee that you will find whatever suits your riding skills. You can enjoy the lagoon, the open water, or head off to the infamous Ras Sudr “Island”. Water is super flat with cross/offshore winds. If you are looking for dolphins or wave spots, 360 is your ultimate destination. The most spacious kitesurfing centre in Ras Sudr with distinct spots for all riding conditions.
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The windy months to go kitesurfing in Ras Sudr are March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
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