25 October 2017
Hi guys! The kitesurfing season just ended in Sri Lanka and we want to share our opinions and experiences about 2018/2019 Winter season with the Kite community. Unlike last year, during this season the wind came around the middle of December, a little earlier than last season, and, unfortunately, it finished a couple of weeks earlier as well
Usually, the wind that comes in winter is a thermal wind that rises around 12-1 pm. However, during the first three weeks of January we had good wind during the entire day (from 9 am to 5 pm, approximately). During those days, we used 10-13 m. Given that we had wind since the first hours of the day, we had enough time for kitesurf trips. In contrast to what many people think, Vella Island spot is amazing even in winter: extra-flat water and constant wind from the northeast. You just have to take into consideration that if wind blows too late, it doesn’t make sense to go up to Vella, given that this island is 45-50 minutes far from Kalpitiya by boat.
Another kitesurfing trip option in Kalpitiya during winter time is going to the Navy Point. There, the wind blows constantly in the strip of sand where Dutch Bay ends and creates a huge pool of flat water. The Navy Point is in the middle of the way to Vella Island and it is really worthy to go in winter time
This season we were lucky with the wind and we could enjoy many downwind trips and to kite alone among the little isles located north from Kalpitiya. We recommend the downwind from Vella Island to Dream Spot, given that we go all the time by the coast of the Wilpattu National Park and it is really amazing!
Dream Spot is another interesting point that you should visit during winter, and it’s very close to Kalpitiya. Even though wind easily blows in the lagoon of Kalpitiya during winter and you can kite brilliantly, on some days there are too many kiters, especially in Christmas and New year. Dream Spot is the best place to kite these days given that there are only few people.
From the third week of January up to the middle of February, we had almost daily wind in the afternoon, from 12-1 pm. The average speed was of 16-20 knots, but some days it was even higher, up to 25 knots, so we had to surf with smaller kites (9-10 m).
Ending of Febrary and beginning March we still had some good wind but not so consistent as before. During some days the wind slightly changed its direction and we had less wind so we are using bigger kites (14-16 m).
In general, if you come to kite in Kalpitiya during winter and you can take only few kites, we recommend the following sizes: 12-14 m.
I’ve been living and kitesurfing in Kalpitiya for 5 years, so don’t hesitate to ask me anything you need to know!
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