In this wind guide for kitesurfing there isall you need to know for kite surfing, we will cover the following topics:
Wind Speed for kite surfing
The speed of the wind is important for kitesurfing and is measured in different units. To understand the windspeed it is good to know the differents units.
- Beaufort scale (bft)
- Knots (kts)
- Meters per second (m/s)
- Kilometer an hour (Km/h)
- miles per hour (mph)
In witch the Beafort is most commenly used in weather reports. Knots is most used in sailing, kitesurfing and windforcasts. Therefor it is good for every kitesurfer to know the wind scaling in Knots. To know the differents between the units of measurment here is a windtabel comparing al the measurments.
Understanding the windspeed is one part of the story, the other is to know in witch wind you are able to kite. Under 10 knots, or 3 Beafort its almost impossible to kitesurf.
Best windspeed for kitesurfing
The best windspeed for kitesurfing is between 12 and 30 knots. Where the windspeed from 12 till 17 knots is consider light winds. Therefor are bigger kites being used and you can’t go that fast or high in the air. Wind between 17 and 24 knots are being consider perfect kitesurfing weather. Here you can use a broad variety of kites and tricks. The last part are the stronger wind, 25knots and more. This is not best suited for beginners. in stronger winds the smaller kites are being used and is best for jumping high. But this is also depending on materials and other variables. Check out The rights kite size to read all about that.
All about the wind directions
We all know the wind rose. North, south, east and west. But knowing where the wind is coming from is only relevant if you combine it whit your kitesurf spot. Besides for the wind rose the direction where the wind is coming from in relation to the beach is more imported for kitesurfers. We have a few different options;
- Side shore
Is when the wind is blowing from the water right on the beach. This makes kitesurfing possible but can be hard for beginners or kitesurfers that have trouble moving upwind.
Is the opposite of onshore, this is when the wind blows from the beach right into to water. This is dangerous to go kitesurfing because you need to gain upwind to get back to shore. Also for experience riders this is a no-go. Even if you can kite well if you are in trouble, you can’t get back to the beach.
Side shore winds
This is probably the best wind direction for kitesurfing. Side shore is when the wind follows the shoreline. This way you can head out in the water kitesurfing one direction, and you can head back to the beach riding the other direction.
Beside from this wind guide for kitesurfing, you will learn al about the possible wind directions and kitesurfing in your kitesurfing lessons.
The wind window for kitesurfing
The wind window for kitesurfing is very important to understand. The wind window is the hole area where the kite can be in, as you are flying the kite. So when using 20 meter lines, the wind window is an area of 20 meter on your right, left, front and above. The kite can’t be behind you if you are standing with the wind in your back.
Wind and weather forecasts
Knowing the right wind direction and strength is important. Before kitesurfing you can check the upcoming condition on your kitesurf spot. Here are a few options to check out the weather and wind condition on your favorite kite spot.
Beside from the wind, make sure the weather stays good in Beside from the wind, make sure the weather stays good in your kite surf session. Prefer some sun, some rain won’t hurt you, but make sure there is no thunder while you are on the water.
Common Kitesurf questions about the wind
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