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Marta – a new kitesurfing club member in Mallorca

 

AAA Navegar – kitesurfing club in Mallorca

Every 8th of June, since 2009 it is celebrated the World Oceans Day, what a great chance to celebrate kitesurfing too …
Mallorca is an island, water all around it, beautiful clear blue water …

Let’s see more about the oceans. Oceans and seas generate most of the oxygen we breathe thanks to the great photosynthetic activity of phytoplankton, also oceans absorbs a large amount of carbon emissions, which is helping its acidification. The oceans offer us food and nutrients and also regulates the climate.

Oceans cover approximately 71% of the earth’s surface, which amounts to an area of ​​361,000,000 km².
Oceans have an average depth of 3,900 meters. The deepest point lies in the Marianas Trench. It reaches 11,034 meters deep in a place known as the Challenger abyss.

hey! … I’ve got a question: How much water is in the sea?
It seems impossible to calculate how much water is in the seas and oceans, but some scientists have estimated that the oceans has 1.370 trillion liters.

Of all the water we have on the planet, 97% of it, it is salty and it is found in seas and oceans. The sea currents, waves, tides, etc, keep the seas in continuous movement, this serves to oxygenate, transport food or distribute the energy that oceans store. Although we often talk about different oceans and seas, they are really all connected and united.

What else to say about oceans? … oceans are economically important for countries that rely on fishing and other marine resources for their income, also for tourism, countries such as Spain

World Oceans day motto is: “our seas and oceans are our future.”
On this post entry we are going to add one more important fact: oceans and seas are the perfect background for … kitesurfing!

And now … after so much talking about water, let’s talk a bit about our thing: kitesurfing.

Lately we have had a new member arriving to our kiteclub Asociacion Aprende a Navegar.

 

This is what is about – take profit of so much water around us and learn kitesurfing

I am refering to Marta. A lovely sevillan young lady which spends summer time here in Mallorca.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACHti-MyW5o&feature=youtu.be

The next kitesurfing  photos shows our dear friend Marta on her firsts waterstarts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Es0feIveXg&feature=youtu.be

I must admit that Marta is a very sportive and skilled girl and it has take her really little effort to learn kitesurfing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMlGwWMCiT0&feature=youtu.be
This few lines be an homage to Marta and let’s hope to have many more new members this summer which, besides enhance and enlarge our kite group also embellish the kite scene, undoubtedly …

Marta – a new kitesurfing club member in Mallorca

REDBULL KITE RACING 2017-KITEMALLORCA COM REPORT

Ragnarok 2017 kite racing

One month was held the snow kiterace with mega participation in the spot of Ragnarok in Norway.
This year, the outcome spoke vigorously for our friends from Czech Rep and the Flysurfer kite team in definitely despite tougher conditions than in previous years.

Norwegian Hardangervidda plateau has run the legendary racing RedBull Ragnarok, which attracted more than 300 of the best world’s kitesurfing in snow riders.

The route for the competition was built in harder areas, more demanding than last year and one round has been set for 26km and an opened timeout 5 hours. Unlike earlier low wind conditions, this year wind conditions were in the range of 5 m/s to 20 m/s in the valleys along the top hills.

Fastest athletes coped 5 rounds, which in these conditions required a very good physical condition, and the 350 riders on the start line had a good chance to measure their strength and skills among the 29 nationalities that took part in the contest.

Brightest success rate was achieved by Mr Schutz in the category of snowboard men scoring a brilliant 3rd place! In the category of crack SKI men, like last year the three brave Jenky (5th) Kekert (6th) Lafoun (7th) scored in excellent place.

 

 

Video from the event:

 

REDBULL KITE RACING 2017-KITEMALLORCA COM REPORT

Winds in Spain – kitesurfing blog Mallorca

 

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Air weighs … and so does atmospheric pressure. A cubic meter, by instance, an space of 1mx1mx1m of dry air at 20ºC and at sea level weighs 1.205 kilograms.
Fortunately we are accustomed to bear over our shoulders a weight of 20,000 kg, without any harm because of it, and, this happens because of the pressure exerted by the column of air of 300 km of height on top of us.  We don’t notice this because we do not only receive this air pressure from above, but from below and even from within, getting it all balanced in that way.

Cold air weighs more than warm air and moist air more than dry air. This greater weight translates into higher atmospheric pressure, which is physically defined as the weight exerted by that column of air per unit area.

It is a magnitude that helps us to understand the movements of masses of air in a much more graphical way than for example temperature or humidity.

I propose a pair of mental associations that will help us understand the maps of time. An High Pressure Area is a kind of “inverted spring”.
 

 

Thus in the High Pressure Areas we have a column of air that weighs quite a bit and slowly expels part of that air at its base, while a Low Pressure Area more closely resembles an “inverted sink”, this low pressure center absorbs the air to make it rise as a sort of chimney.  All that implies descent of air equals tranquility, whereas all the air ascent favors bad weather.

Thus among the various layers of the atmosphere there are important air movements that conditions the weather.

 
 

The differences in pressure

Air flows from the High to the Low Pressure Areas. The more pressure difference, the more flow we will have, and therefore, stronger wind. The high pressures are difficult to move and often only leave narrow corridors so that these storms can circulate.

If the wind finds no physical obstacle on its path, for example when it travels over the ocean, simply, will have to overcome the obstacles of pressure, bordering the high pressure areas.

The Galician coasts and the Cantabrian coasts are often a good example of such winds effect, but when the wind arrives on land it is with obstacles, that makes it go up or channel between mountain ranges, as an example of it on the valley of Ebro river.

 

 

Here is a chart of maximum wind gusts recorded in Spain, record by communities according to a series of data extracted from AEMET (some series span from 1938 to 2016).

In addition, our latitude is affected by the Azores High Pressure Area. The northeast winds (trades) practically define the weather and the winds affecting the Canary Islands. Wind that it channels between this islands.

The High Pressure Area which has its center on the Azores islands, also favors the rising wind which is frequently channeled in the Sea of Alborán, and also having a closed and not excesively deep sea, as the Mediterranean Sea, this definitely has a great influence on the Balearic Islands and the whole Mediterranean basin.

 

 

It is expectable for any cloud front to end up generating a Low Pressure Area near the Gulf of Leon, which propels particularly intense northern winds to the north-east of Girona.
There is much more to talk about all this topic but the post is already long enough.

Unfortunately most of the data belong to capitals or airports and some strategic spots such as the Ampurdà or the peaks of the most notorious mountain systems are not displayed.

It is also interesting to take a look at the chart on the wind map on the first photo of this blog entry to confirm that the higher wind areas in Spain are in the northeastern coast of Galicia, the region of Ampurdà in Girona province coasts, in the Sea of Alborán, in the Strait of Gibraltar and on the islands, especially in the Canary Islands.

 

Winds in Spain – kitesurfing blog Mallorca

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Learn kitesurfing!

Kitesurfin what is that?

Kitesurfin, no, kitesurfing! with ggggggg!

Oh okay, so what?

So, learn kitesurfing!
what for? … how dumb this sounds! … Nonsense!

Nonsense not, it’s really cool …
Look, it’s a sport, it’s a lot of fun, you’re going to exercise, get in shape, actually you’ll fly over the water,
You’ll make a lot of friends, you’ll never feel alone anymore, you’ll have a great time, beleive it!

I am not feeling alone right now though, but, however … that must be expensive, right?

Expensive? no man! … no way! Mmm … well … maybe a little …

How much is a little?

I do not know, a couple of hundred … or three

three? three what?

three hundred euros

three hundred euros? for what?

for lessons …

for lessons? Jesuschrist! this is not cheap …
And … how much cost the equipment?

well, it depends …

What depends on?

On what you want to buy
A new kite cost real money, but … there are also used kites

And … they will not be broken?

Well, sometimes, a little bit … some yes, some not …
That’s why you have to choose well when buying a kite

And you’re sure this is fun?
Some bad part this must have …

Not man, no! … don’t worry!

Well, to be honest … sometimes you have to wait a little for the wind to start blowing …
Other times, when you are kiting, the wind just fades and that is the end of the navigation …

Ah! … and some times when you are pumping the kite … a valve fails, and, fiiissssshhhhh … it deflates
And sometimes you’re riding too fast or you jump and you lose control and … guashhhh!!! … big crash against the water!

Apart from the fact that when wind is light, all kiters start to get downwinded and everybody must try to reach shore because, as people kite with small kites and also small boards, of course … the lack of proper wind create big masifications of kiters crossing ways and annoying each other …

And … oh! yes! … sometimes when you are kitesurfing everybody is crossing each other’s way, provoquing lines to cross, tangle and that is a big mess …
therefore, when people get downwinded and end up sailing inside the buoys which mark the bather’s area … if in that moment pass the Guardia Civil, you may get fined with 3000 euros penalty …

Hey!, you’re starting to convince me, do not stop now …

Do not stop now what do you mean?

I have a friend who is masochist and when I will tell him about that, I’m sure he’ll be veeeeery interested!
It sounds as a real bitchy activity and it seems to me, the perfect ground for real suffering …

Author’s Note:
Come on, relax, that’s all a joke. It is a very cool sport
Considering that, if you live in Mallorca and want to kitesurf in summer, which is when the kiting appeals, do not get wrong!
Better buy a large board, or at least a medium to large one, and, if possible, a Flysurfer kite – better a 15 meters size or even bigger

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Kitesurfing and … moving to Mallorca?

If you are a kitesurfer, if you have enjoyed the great kitesurfing conditions of Mallorca island.

If you love to travel to our beautiful island everytime you have the chance to do it.

If you enjoy the friendly atmosphere, the affordable cost of life, the peace and the relaxing life style of Mallorca.

If you ever thought or dreamed about the possibility to buy a property here, you are the reason of this entry to our kiteblog.

Mallorca Properties it is the best webpage when it comes to offer you the multiple possibilities within the best ratio quality/price of properties on Mallorca.

Here some photos to check among the many possibilities that Mallorca Properties offers you.

  

  

  

  

  

Visite the webpage and check by yourself:

https://www.mallorca-properties.co.uk/en/

 

Kitesurfing and … moving to Mallorca?

Kitesurfing and body temperature

 

Which is the minimum temperature
our body can withstand?

 

When we practice kitesurfing we must always consider the water temperature. For many reasons it is adviced to use a neoprene. A neoprene will protect our body from hypothermia as well as rashes, bruises and contusions that generally can occur while we are sporting, but the main reason to use a neoprene when kitesurfing it is definitely to keep our body temperature on the needed normal conditions. Our body, in normal conditions, has a temperature that oscillates between the 36 and 37 degrees Celsius.

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Kitesurfing and body temperature

When a person is subjected too long to very low temperatures can suffer what is known as hypothermia, that is, when the temperature drops below 36 degrees. In these cases, medical attention is needed and symptoms such as tremors, muscle contractions or breathing problems appear.

On the opposite side, a temperature between 37.1 degrees and 37.9 degrees is considered low grade. In case the temperature rises above 38 degrees, it is called fever or hyperthermia.
A significant decrease in temperature causes alteration of cellular functions, while a temperature of 43 ° C or higher causes death by protein denaturation.

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What is the minimum temperature that a person can endure? Although a temperature below 36 degrees is already abnormal, in medicine it is considered that when the body temperature is in a degree inferior to the 27 degrees, the person is clinically dead.

 

WEAR ALWAYS A NEOPRENE, IT WILL HELP YOU  KEEP YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE
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HOW TO SELECT YOUR NEOPRENE:

We have to keep in mind that while we are kitesurfing, unexpected situations could happen.

If we get windless we will have to stay in the water until we’ll be able to reach the shore again.

Even if the water may seem not cold in the first place, when our body is submerged on the sea, our body temperature will drop soon to levels in which we may enter in hypotermia, if that happens, we would be in risk of death if we are too far from the beach.

Always wear a neoprene and never kitesurf so far that you cannot swimm back to the beach.

Kitesurfing and body temperature

Kitesurfing spots LANZAROTE – FAMARA

MAGIC LANZAROTE – KITESURFING FAMARA

This is just a shor kitesurfing report to remind about this magic island which is Lanzarote, the first if starting from the East of all Canary islands. I had the pleasure to live there for 4 years back in 1984. At the time, kitesurfing didn’t exist yet but windsurfing.

1 aa medio risco mirando hacia la caleta

 

There were several wind spots on the island being the most famous Las Cucharas in Costa Teguise on the central East part of the island and Los Pocillos-Playa del Carmen on the same East coast but on the southern part.
There were other spots, of course, by instance Playa Blanca but this spot was used only when winds blew from SW -the sort of “Kona winds” version Canary islands.

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Also in the NE part of the island it was Los Jameos but this was a high risk spot because there was no beach but a rock lava formation where it break waves from the left and where the spot had to be shared with surfers.

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But this short report is to talk about Famara, on the NW part of the island and which once kitesurfing showed up on the beaches of the island has taken the Famara beach for one of the best kite spots of Europe.

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During my stay on the island I was never very keen of Famara in fact and it was because its big waves which if propulsed by a windsurf sail, you had not really much chances to succeed when crossing the shorebreak.

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Famara it is oriented to North winds and NE winds which is what mostly blows in Lanzarote during winter months, from October until March this wind directions made the beach not a good option neither for kitesurfing nor windsurfing, being from March until end of September when the tradewinds turn to North the real kitesurfing season of Famara.

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To describe it basically, that not in detail, the spot, Famara has three parts, starting from its west part -left- to the east part -right- if looking straight to the sea.

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The first part is where the village is placed, know as La caleta and further left there is the famous surf spot of La Santa, though in La Caleta there are also great breaking waves, though the locals, some of them canarians and some of them vascos, are not on the friendly side of the sport.

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Towards the center of the beach it is a wreckage of a sunken ship and there is where the waves break wildier, actually mostly big tube sort of waves which close fast and hard giving not much chance to go down the wave, you can call that “cerrojos” in spanish language. This is also the part of the beach which is considered to be used for swimmers and sun bathers, though, beside the big waves, the current make it not really ideal for bathing.

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And, further to the right, under El Risco it is where the kitesurfing takes place. It must be noticed that on that part of the beach, during high tide there’s actually not beach at all as the water arrives up until the pebble stones -cantos rodaos- which makes almost impossible launching kites unless you are willing to take real risks.

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During mid and low tide the beach allowe launching and landings without more problem than crossing the shore break which is at least quite significant.

The photos which are brought to the report show the beauty of the area.

Kitesurfing spots LANZAROTE – FAMARA

Kiteclub ASOCIACION APRENDE A NAVEGAR

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Asociación Aprende a Navegar

To become a kite member of our kiteclub, regardless of your nationality or place of residence, for a yearly fee of 100 euros, which you can renew optionally,  you will acquire the right of having supervised practices and enjoy monitorization, help and advice, plus access to the different clinics and courses that our kite  club promotes periodically.

This payment include the first 3 hours of kitesurfing tuition included in the  membership fee.

 

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If you had previously lessons in your country but feel yet insecure and you don’t wish to pass again through a whole kite course but you want some refreshment hours, you can join the different kite course levels available through KITEMALLORCA

 

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If you decide to bring your own equipment when you travel to Mallorca, with our kiteclub you will enjoy all your free time practicing safely and monitorized.

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On our webpage and on the websites under, you can get further information about the kite club and  school.

www.kitesurfwindsurfmallorca.com
www.edmkpollensa.com
www.asociacionaprendeanavegar.es

Also about technique, kite trips, weather forecast,  news about equipment and info on other world kitesurfing spots

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Some photos of Claudia, one of our most recent kite students, which, on her third day of kite lessons starts her first waterstarts and rides.

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Waterstart i 8 hovedpunkter – Danish Kite lesson

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Waterstart i 8 enkle hovedpunkter

WATERSTART faktisk er ikke begyndelsen. Før waterstarting vi nødt til at forstå, hvordan man kan at kontrollere en kite. Denne proces for læring tager normalt 3 timer. Når dette er opnået vi er nødt til at positionere os på kiteboard, og … det er de grundlæggende punkter at følge derefter:

1. Tag din kite til 12 timers stilling og holde den der.

2. Hold kiteboard med den anden hånd.

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3. Sæt kiteboard foran dig så hurtigt som muligt.

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Noget hjælp, det er altid velkommen

4. Send kite i den modsatte retning gjorde du planlægger at gå.

5. Send kite hurtigt til, hvor du ønsker at gå.

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6. Når du føler kontrol, begynder at stå op og pege kiteboard vindretningen

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7. Start gør presset på hælen side af kiteboard og … lad os gå!

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Waterstart i 8 hovedpunkter – Danish Kite lesson