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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

Danish couple kitesurfing learning Mallorca

Light wind day kite lessons

Last month we received a young couple from Denmark. They became a kite club members of Asociacion Aprende a Navegar and they took 2 day kite lessons in which the first 3 hours of lessons are included in the membership fee.


sometimes you fall, that’s included in the ticket 🙂

Both of them had a great time, enjoying their kite lessons and performed very well from the early stages of their training and, on the second day of it, the guy started with his first waterstarts.

It should be noticed that there were two really light wind days but thanks to our extra light kite equipment we could have the kite lessons in spite of the poor wind conditions.

Through the following pictures we will see both of them starting the kite lessons, progressing with ease and standing up on the kiteboard.

The equipment used during their -light wind days kite lessons- was a Flysurfer kite, Peak model of 12 mts size and the kiteboad, a Flysurfer XL model.

We are very proud to see how well both performed and took advantage of their kite holidays in Alcudia.
We wish to have them back with us this summer.

Danish couple kitesurfing learning Mallorca

Winds in Spain – kitesurfing blog Mallorca

 

kitesurfing blog Mallorca -winds in our country

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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Most frequent kitesurfing injuries – kiteblog KITEMALLORCA

 

IS KITESURFING A DANGEROUS SPORT?

If we decide to practice our sport, kitesurfing, we may subject our body to evident physical strain. Obviously, we must be careful and know always our limits when we practice kite surfing, especially when we are beginners.

In the next línes we will describe throroughly the most common ways to get injured.
The most frequent injuries are generally caused by:

1.- the loss of control of the kite
2.- by lack of attention to the specific details of all the variables
3.- by lack of technique
4.- by using equipment in poor condition
5.- if you are practicing in powerful winds.

 

The most common injuries when practicing kitesurf are abrasions, lacerations and bruises. Ankle or knee sprains, fractures or twists. This, usually is taking place when the kiter is losing control of his kiteboard or when the kiter is having a bad landing after a jump.
If the latter occurs in shallow water the impact can multiply its effects and cause even a spine fracture.

 

List of the most common injuries practicing kitesurfing

Lower extremities

1.- Sprained ankle
2.- Ligament distension
3.- Lisfranc joint fracture
4.- Bone injuries
5.- Patellar chondropathy -knee-
6.- Meniscopathy
7.- Break of the anterior cruciate ligament

 

Upper extremities

1.- Shoulder dislocation
2.- Tennis elbow
3.- Golf Elbow
4.- Bone injuries
5.- Dislocation of the wrist or the thumb

 

Head and Body

1.- Chest contractures
2.- Sternocostal osteochondritis
3.- Cervical whipping
4.- Bone injuries
5.- Low back pain

On a smaller scale is the discomfort caused by prolonged postures over time or muscular overload. In this group of reasons are cervical overexertion as a logical consequence of constantly looking up at the kite.

Inguinal or lumbar damage due to a poorly attached chest harness and other typical injuries are tennis elbow or epicondilitis, golf elbow and shoulder dislocation caused by the constant sudden movements to which you are subjected while practicing.

http://www.edmkpollensa.com/es/epicondilitis-2/

 

Prior warm up and stretching are very important, same as avoiding overexertion and do not surpasse the limits of your knowledge, technique, and, most of all, avoiding to practice on excess of wind, considering this situations can save you from most of these injuries.

As a precaution it is a good idea to have horsetail infusions., because of its content in Silica.

This herbs are recommended when it is necessary for the body to repair tissues. Silica helps to fix calcium, so the body can store more quantity of this mineral and then use it to repair bones, collagen and other body tissues.

Here are some real bad crashes … not for the faint of heart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK0PodR63b0
Although, unfortunately, a horsetail infusion can not do much if you had one of those bad crashes …

Most frequent kitesurfing injuries – kiteblog KITEMALLORCAay This

MALLORCA WIND – THERMAL WINDS EFFECTS ON KITESURFING

 

Kitesurfing in Mallorca – Summertime

With a size of 3,640 km2, and a coastline of 555 km, Mallorca constitutes a perfect space to receive a typical system of thermal winds during hot season.

In the island of Mallorca, we have a thermal regime of breezes in summer which is created by the following situation: To the west of the Iberian peninsula, over the Atlantic, the surface dominance of the Azores High Pressure Area and the formation of a thermal low over Spain,  together with a general circulation of east component winds in the southwest part of the Mediterranean Sea.

During mid to late spring and throughout the summer season, the earth heated by the influence of sun, causes the convection of superheated air over the surface of the island which in turn gives rise to the aspiration of cooler air from the sea creating what is known as “Embat“.


Thermal winds edmkpollensa com kitesurfing school in Mallorca in June

The embat usually lasts between 6 and 8 hours, corresponding to a smaller duration on the interior of the island, and a longer duration on the coasts.

The intensity of this breezes goes between 3 or 4 knots and until 14 to 16 knots in its highest peak, being generally between 10 and 12 knots its average strength.

The Embat takes place around the island clockwise: NE in the bays of Pollensa and Alcudia, E-SE on the east coast of the island, SW in the south and NW in the West of Mallorca.


Playa de palma, S’Arenal in October after thermal wind season edmkpollensa com kiteschool in Mallorca in October

The sea air, cooler than the overheated air over the island, penetrates inland from different coastal origins depending on its orientation but mainly those of the two large bays of the north and south of the island, reorienting itself in function of the orography.

The sea breeze or Embat usually shows an orientation perpendicular to the coastline, also admitting its relation with some possible effects depending of any zone of high or less likely low pressure area in the greater or lesser proximity of the island, affecting in turn into a greater or lesser extent to the thermal air current, both in intensity and in variation of the angle in which that breeze enters over land.

The Embat in the eastern part of the island is less regular although sometimes the heated land create breezes that blows with greater intensity than the normal intensity, being in that case its predominant direction from the third quadrant -from South- instead of East or Southeast coming breezes, that is, when wind intensity rises. Then, as explained before, this it is due to the breeze which has rolled towards the South.

MALLORCA WIND – THERMAL WINDS EFFECTS ON KITESURFING

 

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 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.

3 desde la playa Famara kitesurfing blog auf Mallorca

 

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.

3a dunas desde la playa kitesurfing lessons mallorca kiteschool edmkpollensa

 

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.

4 la graciosa desde el risco parte norte kiteblog mallorca kite spot mallorca edmkpollensa com

 

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.

4a las bajas, olas rompiendo desde lo alto del risco blog kitemallorca com kiteschule

 

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.

5 fuerza de las olas en La Santa kitesurfen mallorca blog edmkpollensa ecole de kitesurf

 

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.

8 kitespot Famara kitesurfing blog mallorca kitekurse auf Pollensa kitemallorca com

 

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

WIND IN MALLORCA – South and Southwest directions

Winds from South and Southwest directions in North Mallorca

 

When the wind in Mallorca is coming from South or Southwest directions, common sense indicates that it would be best to navigate with kitesurfing on a beach oriented to those directions and of course, the logical thing would be to take the trip and go down to the south beaches of the island.

But if we live in the north of the island and for some reason we can not go South for kitesurfing, or we are in summer and the beaches of the south are completely occupied by the tourism – in that case the thing is complicated because also the beaches of the northern part of Mallorca will be occupied –
We will see the different options for South and Southwest winds that the north of Mallorca offers for kitesurfing.

To this, it must be added that the previous experience has indicated on many occasions that even coming the wind from South , in the Bay of Alcudia it has been more consistent wind and even stronger than, for example, in Can Pastilla or Sa Rapita.

1 wind in mallorca edmkpollensa kiteschool blog

2 Mallorca North  shore wind in mallorca kitemallorca com

The different maps come with the indications -in spanish language- of each case and the photos also indicate what happens in a South wind day in the Bay of Pollensa.

3 Alcudia Bay wind in Mallorca edmkpollensa kiteschool blog

The South wind is perfect in Alcudia Bay from the beginning of May and since October but there must be take into account that it happens very frequently that at noon or from the beginning of the afternoon, the South wind has a tendency to become Southwest, if that is the case, the kitesurfing party will be over because that means is coming from offshore direction, the buildings next to the beach will cut the wind and in the best case it will be very gusty with wind holes that can leave you windless.

5 Llenaire Pollensa bay edmkpollensa com wind in Mallorca

If this would happen in the part of the beach close to Alcudia Yatch Club, an area which it is known by the local kitesurfers as: “El Charco“, it would be less of a problem because it offers some more tolerance to the wind gusts of southwest – although it does not really helps much – but if winds really swith from South to Soutwest, a  sudden -and not uncommon- fall of wind would leave us downwinded, or even windless and floating

If it is the case that we are on the last part of the Alcudia beach -El Charco- and next to the Yatch Club, as this is a real shallow area and the beach has a sort of hook shape this would avoid us to get drifted  towards the open sea.

With Southwest wind the only option at the coast would be Aucanada, but there is no beach in fact and launch and landing the kite is not a really safe operation.

In Aucanada, Southwest winds are also gusty in any case as the wind has to pass over the buildings which are in Playa de Alcudia, which are not really so far anyway.

4 Pollensa Bay wind in Mallorca kitemallorca com

If in Bahia de Pollensa, the Southwest is the enemy number one, because it is totally offshore.   South wind could be used down on the sandy beach at Port de Pollensa but it is always a bit gusty and that could only be done off season, otherwise the beach is quite busy with tourists and swimmers.

6 Formentor beach kitesurfing lessons mallorca edmkpollensa kite school

Also a possibility would be to try to use the beach of the hotel Formentor.  There, South wind direction should not be so bad but the beach is very small -narrow- and if being kitesurfing there wind would turn to Southwest it would  become also be very gusty.

 

SOUTH WIND DAY IN POLLENSA BAY

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Pollensa bay with South wind

b Llenaire pier wind in Mallorca edmkpollensa kiteschool blog

 

Windward side of the pier Llenaire – Pollensa bay with South wind

c the pier offer shelter and behind it is flat water edmkpollensa wind in mallorca

 

Where the pier ends Pollensa Bay / Llenaire – Puerto Pollensa

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Across the pier on a South wind day in Llenaire

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Pollensa Bay – Llenaire / Windward of the pier South wind in Mallorca 

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 Pollensa Bay – Llenaire / Leeward of the pier South wind in Mallorca 

 

LAGO MAYOR ALCUDIA – BEST SOUTHWEST WIND OPTION?

And one last option is to try it on the Big Lake in Alcudia.

 

Both South and Southwest wind directions should work, perhaps Southwest a bit better oriented.   I do think nobody has ever tried kitesurfing there.   It should be all about trying and seeing if it is possible.

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Lago Mayor Alcudia Leewward left side with south wind

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Lago Mayor Alcudia Windward right side with south wind

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Launch area Lago Mayor Alcudia

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Lago Mayor Alcudia jetty with Southwest wind

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Lago Mayor Alcudia upwind right side of the Lake with Southwest wind

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Lago Mayor Alcudia downwind left side with Southwest wind

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calm water but yet windy with Southwest wind

m Lago Mayor Alcudia calm water but yet windy with southwest wind edmkpollensa kiteschool blog

 

WIND IN MALLORCA – South and Southwest directions