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- what is the best kitesurfing spots around the montpellier aerea
and what wind direction and strength are the most frequent and stable in this aerea during summer, autumn, winter and spring
- Hi Ronny,
I kitesurf around Montpellier and can give you the info you need :
Winter is the best season for kitesurfing there, the wind is usualy strong
and gusty and the beaches are empty. In winter time, I use my 4lined 5m2
wipika classic the most. The wind is either the Tramontane coming from
North-West or the Mistral coming from North. The Mistral is said to turn
people crazy because it is so strong. These winds blow from 25 to 35 ++
knots and are gusty, water is usually flat. They are also cold winds. Water
temp goes down to 10° celsius at the coldest (jan-feb). These winds blow
year round but are more frequent during the winter season. Be carefull
because most of the spots are offshore with these conditions. Go to Le Grau
du Roi or Port Camargue to be safe.
Another frequent condition is the South East wind : it comes with warm but
overcast weather and waves (can be pretty big). This wind is side on shore
and the best spot is La Grande Motte. This spot is very crowded when the
southeast blows (lots of windsurfers) but the beach is huge. The waves are
not hawaii like, they brake all over the place but are fun to ride. Again
the best chances you catch this wind is winter time. This wind is also
strong and gusty (around 25-30 knots).
During summertime you get onshore thermal winds everyday but it is also the
tourist season. Be aware that our beaches are super crowded during the
summer and kitesurfing is impossible in most of the places. The thermal wind
blows at 10 to 15 knots an the water is usually flat.
Get your high and gusty wind kite and a light wind kite and come on over,
you'll have fun. For info my quiver is mae of a 5m2 wipika and a 9+
Mosquito. I also keep a ATK 6,5 M2 to fit in between but I don't use it very
often. I'm 70 kg and ride wakeboards.
I believe you can find a map of the spots around Montpellier on the Axel Air
web site (www.axelair.com).
Hope this helps, see you in the water.