The Suez Canal has been a source of wealth for Egypt for decades. This waterway, linking the Mediterranean with the Gulf of Aden, saved European seamen a lot of time and money on their trading voyages to Asia. Less than 80 kilometres south of the canal mouth and a 3 hour drive away from Cairo we have discovered a new source. Not a source of wealth and luxury, but a unique oasis for wind- and kitesurfers.
Seldom has a spot made such a strong impression on us at first sight. Admittedly, the infrastructure on this part of the coast is still relatively undeveloped and one has to put up with a 2.5 hour transfer, but the windsurfing and kiting conditions that await you are unique, not only for novices and intermediates but also for expert freeriders and freestylers.
The distance to Cairo naturally offers a unique opportunity to combine your windsurf vacation with a trip to the sights in and around the capital of Egypt. Depending on your wishes, this programme can be limited to a day trip or can extend over several days. The pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum are only two of the sights around Cairo that should be mentioned here.
Ras Sudr is certainly no party town. It is the ultimate dream spot for those who wish to spend most of their time on the water and enjoy the quiet, both onshore and offshore! You can count on making tremendous progress here and will feel reborn after your return.
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The long stretch of coast literally takes a windward bow in front of the station and stretches over a distance of 1km in the form of a sand bank further and further out to the sea before it returns to the land. This characteristic has two advantages. Firstly: in this area the wind can blow unhindered and side shore over the wide sandy beach without gusts or swirls. Secondly: flat water with a slight to medium chop invites pure freeride and freestyle fun. A third advantage is a shallow water area (depending upon the tide), which reaches 100m into the sea. Stones or corals are scarcely found here.
Ras Sudr offers very good conditions for teaching kids. The water is warm, very clean and flat, making this place really good to teach kids and beginners. There is also an area of 150m of shallow water which makes the teaching areas very safe.
The north to north east wind blows sideshore to side-offshore and increases during the morning hours until it reaches a peak in the afternoon. In the late afternoon the wind normally calms down again. Due to a moderate breeze and flat water, the morning hours offer perfect conditions for beginners.
The vicinity to Cairo naturally offers a unique opportunity to combine one's windsurf holiday with a trip to the sights in and around the capital of Egypt. Depending on one's wishes, this programme can be limited to a day trip or can extend over several days. The pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum are the two most popular sights around Cairo given limited time.
Ras Sudr is certainly no party town. It is the ultimate dream spot for those who wish to spend most of their time on the water and enjoy the quiet, both onshore and offshore!
UK / EU passport holders should have a full 10 year passport valid until at least 6 months after date of return. Other passport holders please check with Egyptian Embassy (020 7235 9777). You will require a full Egypt visa for entry into Ras Sudr. The easiest way to get it is on arrival at Cairo Airport where it will cost £12. It can also be obtained in advance from the Egyptian Embassy at a cost of £15 - £20.
There are no compulsory inoculations if travelling from the UK although Hep A and Typhoid are recommended. Please check with your GP or local travel health clinic for the latest advice.