Kitesurfing Lessons in Cyprus by Eightsmileys Kitesurf School

Learn kitesurfing in Cyprus with an experienced IKO kiteboarding instructor and learn to kitesurf in Cyprus


Welcome to ‘Eightsmileys’ kitesurfing / surfing school

Kitesurfing is the fastest-growing and most amazing sport on the planet and one that is guaranteed to change your life! ‘Eight Smileys’ is here to help you discover this for yourselves.

Our school is located on the beautiful, Mediterranean island of Cyprus. What makes us stand out from the competition is our quality of service, continuous support and friendly personal approach combined with the great value for money we offer.

Whether you are a beginner looking for information on kitesurfing lessons and equipment, or an advanced rider planning a kitesurfing trip to Cyprus and looking for information on weather conditions, flights, accommodation, and Cyprus in general, then you have come to the right site.

So, browse through to find what you are looking for. We are here to assist you with a smile! ☺


Philios Sazeides

IKO Kitesurfing instructor

(International Kiteboarding Organisation)


General Info

Kitesurfing is an extreme sport, it is therefore necessary to take some lessons with an experienced instructor-rider before you give it a go. Lessons are important primarily to ensure your own safety, as well as for you to progress faster through the various techniques and make it to that first joyride! ☺

Being in good physical condition is important for people who want to learn how to kitesurf, although no great physical strength is required to learn the sport. Even a five-year-old kid can kitesurf with ease, even though the best age would be 10 years old.


Besides being an exciting sport, kitesurfing is great exercise and could help you burn plenty of calories! ☺

During the lessons we provide you with all the necessary equipment: kite, board, harness. Through the lessons you progress step by step and only move to the next level when you have mastered the previous one. To be able to start practicing safely without supervision, you will need to have completed a total of 9 hours of lessons approximately.

All you have to do is choose one of the courses ‘Eightsmileys’ offers, depending on your level and experience, and we will take care of the rest. We will advise you on weather conditions and availability for your requested period and answer all other possible questions you may have.

What you need to bring along with you to the lessons is some sunscreen, a cool drink, a small snack and plenty of enthusiasm and determination!

Lessons are conducted at either Paramali or Avdimou Beach, where the winds are side-on shore with no risk of getting drifted out to sea.  Both locations are frequented by local riders and rarely attract any swimmers or tourists.


IKO (International Kitesurfing Organization) Kitesurfing Courses Information 

Beginners Course 1


Requirement: basic swimming skills

Duration: Approx. 4 hrs

By the end of this course you will know how to launch-land a kite, know the basics about the wind. You will also fly the kite on land and in the water and be taught about safety.



  • Carry/set up the lines and kite
  • Determine the wind direction, upwind and downwind
  • Fly a small kite in the wind window edge and maintain it close to the ground
  • Know how to stop the kite power in case of a problem by releasing the bar
  • Be aware that the kite leash must be worn at all times, before kite launching and until landing
  • Be aware of the area where the kite can crash downwind to the pilot
  • Recover the kite and secure it on land


  • Launch the kite with an assistant and choose the right angle to the wind
  • Position the kite on request from 9 to 3 o’clock on the wind window edge
  • Fly the kite in the power area without crashing it
  • Twist and untwist the lines while the kite flies
  • Land the kite with the help of an assistant



  • Fly a kite hooked to the harness
  • Pilot hooked into the harness with one hand
  • Activate the harness quick release


  • Perform a downwind course by body dragging and using the power of the kite
  • Have control in the water and enter and exit the water alone

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  • Relaunch the kite from the water
  • Wind the lines in the water and recover the kite
  • Perform a self-rescue in deep water
  • Identify potential wind obstacles creating lift or down draft and be able to define the wind direction, understand the dangers of practicing with on-shore and off-shore wind

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Beginners Course 2


Requirement: Course 1

Duration: Approx. 4 hrs

By the end of this course you will know how to body drag upwind, control the kite with one hand, improve your kite handling and do your FIRST RIDE ON THE BOARD.

You will be ready to buy your own equipment and start practicing kitesurfing independently, inventing your own moves and enjoying yourself.

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  • Define if the practice area is safe for practice
  • Set up and check the equipment alone (kite, lines, bar, leash, etc.)


  • In the water, body drag while creating constant power with the kite on one side of the wind window and then on the other side. Go away from the shore (cross on shore wind) while body dragging, go downwind and come back to the shore
  • In the water, body drag while practicing the power stroke on one side of the wind window and then on the other side
  • In the water, control the kite with one hand while hooked in the harness line, to keep it stable


  • Know the water start theory: board and body positioning, kite flying
  • Recover the board in deep water, position the feet in the footstraps and keep the position while flying the kite


  • Adjust the trim system of a 4 line kite to avoid it flying backward or to adjust the power
  • Know the right of way rules
  • Stand up on the board and ride while moving the kite up and down (a small percentage of people are able to get on the board and ride within the 10 hours of lessons….kitesurfing needs practice to get going, but it is surely worth it…magic)


Get your card certifying the level reached and you will be ready for action …☺



Kitesurfing Spots around Cyprus

Kitesurfing Spots

Cyprus offers a good variety of kitesurfing spots, located in the Limassol district and fairly close to one another (about 10-30mins drive from one beach to the next). The most popular of these are:

–          Paramali Beach

–          Curium Beach

–          Lady’s Mile Beach

–          Avdimou Beach

–          Shipwreck Beach

Your choice of where to go will depend on factors such as wind direction, experience level, preferred sea conditions, style of riding etc. Please refer to the map below showing the location of each spot. Click on each name for detailed information and photos.

Paramali Beach

General: By far the safest place for beginners. This spot rarely attracts any tourists or swimmers even during the busiest summer months. It is favored by all riders, especially when the winds are light to moderate. This is where most of our lessons are conducted.

Wind Conditions: W or SW are the prevailing winds during the summer, which make the conditions side on-shore. This beach is not recommended during Easterly winds.

Sea Conditions: Flat water closer to shore, choppy further out.

How to get there: About 30mins drive from Limassol via the motorway. Take the first exit after the tunnel, then at the ‘STOP’ sign turn right and just before you reach the Turkish minaret turn left (by the house opposite the small church). Can be a bit tricky to find the turn leading to the beach which is one of the reasons it is such a quiet place. 

Tip: If the forecast says it will be windy, go to the beach early. Here the wind comes earlier than in other places and dies away earlier as well.

Curium Beach

General: Good place for those who enjoy riding waves. Not a beach for beginners. Can get very crowded during the summer. It is essential that you ride outside the swimmers’ designated areas (marked by red buoys).

Wind Conditions: W or SW winds make the conditions side-on-shore. This beach is not recommended during Easterly winds.

Sea Conditions: Vary from small chop to big waves. Usually small short breaking waves with some chop when W/ SW winds.

How to get there: 20mins drive from Limassol with direction Paphos. Follow the (???) exit sign from the motorway.

Lady’s Mile Beach

General: The only option during Easterly winds. Can be a fun place with short breaking waves even in low winds. Long, and for the most part empty coastline, will give beginners the chance to challenge and improve their skills.

Wind Conditions: During the winter months, Easterly winds are dominant, which make the conditions on-shore with a touch of side-shore. In W/ SW winds, conditions are off-shore with perfect flat water, but gusty. Not recommended as you can drift out to sea if something goes wrong.

Sea Conditions: Short breaking waves during Easterly winds.

How to get there: Find your way to the New Limassol Port (just follow the Limassol coastal road with direction Paphos) and you will see the signs at the Port’s round about. Only 10-15mins drive from Limassol center.

Avdimou Beach

General: good place for those who enjoy riding in flat water. Not as crowded as Curium and can be an ideal location for beginners, who can keep upwind, and for those who like to practice tricks in these conditions.

Wind Conditions: Mostly side-shore during W or SW winds. This beach is not recommended during easterly winds.

Sea Conditions: Flat water inside the bay, gets choppy outside.

How to get there: Easy access from the motorway, just take the ‘Avdimou’ exit and follow the signs to the Bay (not the village). Half-way between Limassol and Paphos (30mins drive from each town).

Tip: If you can’t get upwind, don’t go far out, otherwise you may end up going past the Bay and then you’ll be in for a long walk back.

Shipwreck Beach

General: A relatively hidden and forgotten beach that rarely attracts any attention. It has a few tricky spots that better be pointed out by those who know the place.

Wind Conditions: W or SW winds make the conditions mostly on-shore but the occasional NW winds will give you a perfect side-on-shore breeze. This beach is not recommended during Easterly winds.

Sea Conditions: Waves. If you catchthe right conditions you can find big waves and when combined with the occasional side-on-shore winds (NW) it will make your day!

How to get there: We’ll take you there.

Tip: If the conditions are right take a camera with you!

Surfing Spots around Cyprus

It all depends…we will inform you which spot works best.