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The beginning of winter is a depressing time of year. The days get colder, it gets dark earlier and everyone seems to retreat inside themselves to look for their happy place.

Well the good news is, we've found seven!

Travel with us as we take you on a tour of some of the most amazing and picturesque kitesurfing spots on this planet.

So start planning for next year, because not only do these spots look insane, they're home to some of the sickest riding around.

Warning: the following images may induce severe summer withdrawal symptoms.

zanzibar-kite

 Paje Beach is a world class spot. White sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters make the area look like a Windows XP desktop background.

Most tourists stay near the north of the island, leaving Paje Beach as a calm spot for enthusiasts only.

Due to the coral reef out to sea, the spot has a mix of flat waters one one side and some nice waves on the other.

http://www.kitecentrezanzibar.com/

dakhla

Located in the middle of the Sahara Desert, Dakhla is defiantly a one of a kind place for kitesurfing.

Being right on the edge of the desert makes the beach look like it goes on for hundreds of miles because...er...it does.

This kitesurfing oasis holds an amazing Blue Lagoon with perfectly flat waters and huge shallow zones, making it a perfect spot for beginners.

http://www.kitemorocco.com/

kite watamu

 Located in the north of Kenya, Kite Watamu has a 3 km long white sandy beach and warm crystal clear waters.

The coral reef provides calm flat waters closer to shore as well as some waves to launch off along the reef.

For added variation, there is a tranquil creek inland where you can happily carve around the mangroves.

The Kenyan weather and golden sands are also home to a top notch kitesurfing school, so there's something for everyone.

http://www.kitewatamu.com/

swami

Suitable for all levels of riders, this bright blue bay harbours three different islands as well as an incredible monument building on the beach.

It's so far south in India that it avoids the monsoons, with the hot weather and crazy landscapes makes Swarmi's feels like a trip back in time. Adding that to flat waters and long beaches means that conditions for kiting are all time.

http://thekitesurfingholiday.com/

union island

Union Island has us drooling on the keyboard...This place really is insane.

It has it all. Turtles, tropical fish, sunny skies and the self professed "clearest water you will ever see in your life."

All that and we're still not done with Union Island. The wind conditions are perfect and the water is as flat as the board you'll be standing on.

http://www.kitesurfgrenadines.com/

Black-sand-and-Muriwai-Beach-waves-New-Zealand

Located on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island, Muriwai is definitely easier to look at than it is to pronounce.

It stands out not just because of the 'Lord of the Rings' style mountains behind the beach, but also because of it's trademark black sand.

As a spot for surfers as well, Muriwai plays host to some decent wind and waves. So expect some big airs...

http://www.tourism.net.nz/

Sharm Photos

Deep in South Sinai, Sharm el-Sheikh has the Red Sea lapping at its golden sands.

With flat, shallow, ridable waters as far as the eye can see, it's no wonder that this Egyptian spot is so popular.

The beach goes on for miles and there's even one or two choice restaurants, you'll never want to leave. It's nothing but plain sailing.

http://kitejunkies.com/