Why not Redshark..?
I had the “pleasure” to be with Redshark for a kite course. Here is a short summary why I would never go to Redshark again
1. Do not have access to the best beach in Corralejo
2. They are not well organized
3. No sufficient equipment - I mean boat here, kites are fine
4. Problems with pick up service from your place of stay
Here is the explanation to the points I mentioned before:
Ad 1: The best beach in Corralejo and around is the Flagbeach. Nice sandy, very long beach and almost no rocks. Great for kiting! However Redshark does not have a license to teach on this beach and as soon you will go on there with instructor, the police will show up AND TELL YOU TO GET OUT OF THE BEACH! It is not joke! The only school, which is allowed to teach on this beach is the school called Flagbeach! (the same name as the name of the beach) There is a regular “war” between these two schools and Flagbeach has the advantage to be on the best beach in Corralejo
Because Redshark can not teach you there, they will take you to Cotillo on the west side of the island. Unfortunatelly Redshark does not have a license to teach in Cotillo either so if police show up you need to go….. Because of this they teach on the beaches outside which are rocky, and difficult for beginners. If you are unlucky to you brake your kite no these rocks, which is so easy, the lesson is over.
Ad 2. A day before they tell you, you are going on the boat and the next day they abruptly change their mind and go with you on the beach again. I am not sure if they have a boat at all….
You send them an email, you wait 2 -3 days till they write you back, sometimes never. Not funny when you write them that you just arrived….
The school closes at 5:30 or 6 pm, do not recall exactly now. Wind pick up frequently in afternoon, so if for example the wind pick up late like for example at 3 or 4 pm you lost your day waiting in vain because it is too late for them to pick you up and organize your lesson. I wasted at least 4 days of good weather out of 8 because of it!!
Ad 4. They have problems with the pick up service from your place, so sometime they might ask you to come over to school which is on the end of Corralejo (1 hour walk from the center- definitely not a pleasure in the heavy sun)
They do not offer an airport pick up service. Flagbeach does. From the Airport is quite a while 25 to 30 min in a car and there are not direct buses to Corralejo. If you take a bus you need switch underway. Bus it is not the best option when you arrive late.
Finally: It is more than a month since I was there and I still waiting for the reimbursement for the lost hour.... If you still want to go for this school, please take my advice: pay always after the lesson, not before!
If you want to learn kite on Fuerteventura, your only option, in my opinion is to go for the Flagbeach school. It is quite expensive, I need to admit, but well organized with transport to the beach and back included and a storage house right on the beach. You have no stress. They pick you up at 10 am or at 2 pm, depends on wind conditions, drive you to the beach, and stay with you till 7:30 or take you on the boat. If there is a wind you will have your ride, if not, you stay with other people on the beach enjoying the time. Redshark, definitely, does not have these capabilities. I waisted 5 out of my 10 days for nothing.
I wish I would had put some more bucks on top and go for Flagbeach instead of sitting and wasting my last day on Fuerteventura and only be able to watch kites flying over the Flagbeach!
The only positive aspect was my instructor! Great Fellow! I would joint him again but not in this school.
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