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Kitesurfing In Kalpitya Sri Lanka 2018-2019 - Best Spots To Kite In Winter

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Created by KitesurfSriLAnk 27 days ago, 25 Mar 2019
KitesurfSriLAnk
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25 Mar 2019 5:37PM
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Hi guys! The kitesurfing season just ended in Sri Lanka and we want to share with you our opinions and experiences about the winter season we had this year in Kalpitiya. 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 wellIn winter time we always have 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 to kite with 10-13 m kites. Given that we had wind since the first hours of the day, we had enough time for any kitesurfing trips. In contrast to what many people think, Vella Island is an amazing spot even in winter time: extra-flat water and very constant wind from the northeast. You just should 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 to do in Kalpitiya during the winter time is going to the Navy Point. There, the wind blows constantly in the strip of sand where the Dutch Bay ends and creates a huge pool of flat and shallow water. The Navy Point is located in the middle of the way to Vella Island and it is worthy to go in winter time. (Don?t go in summer time, it will be to choppy)

This season we were lucky with the wind and we could enjoy many downwind trips. We were kiting alone almost every day among the little isles located north from Kalpitiya. We recommend the downwind trip from Vella Island to the Dream Spot; we go all the time by the coast of the Wilpattu National Park and it is very beautiful.

Dream Spot is another interesting point that you should visit in winter season and it's very close to Kalpitiya. Although in winter time it is always windy in Kalpitiya lagoon and it is perfect spot for kiting, on some days there are too many kiters, especially in Christmas and New year. Dream Spot is the best place to kite during these days given that this spot is not too crowded yetFrom the third week of January up to the middle of February, we had wind almost every day in the afternoon, from 12-1 pm. The average speed was of 16-20 knots, but during some days it was even higher, up to 25 knots, so we had to kite 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 were using bigger kites (14-16 m).In general, if you come to kite in Kalpitiya from December to March and you can take only few kites with you, we recommend you 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!

Ruben (www.margarita-village.com)








NorthernKitesAUS
QLD, 730 posts
27 Mar 2019 11:44AM
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Where do your guests stay?

CJ2478
NSW, 314 posts
27 Mar 2019 1:22PM
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You gotta have this pic on your website homepage for the post session durry/lung conditioning

AlbanWave
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8 Apr 2019 9:32PM
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During winter (for you), there is much better and closer with Vietnam, Philippines and Taiwan ... and plenty of choices of spots. Even Indonesia with Belitung, Aceh and Bintan can have some good days 15-20kt during monsoon season

quikdrawMcgraw
1001 posts
9 Apr 2019 8:38AM
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AlbanWave said..
During winter (for you), there is much better and closer with Vietnam, Philippines and Taiwan ... and plenty of choices of spots. Even Indonesia with Belitung, Aceh and Bintan can have some good days 15-20kt during monsoon season


Or could stay in Australia, north QLD season starting allready check it out




Swavek
WA, 293 posts
9 Apr 2019 7:02PM
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Do you need stinger suit and crock repellent or are these spots safe to kite? Asking seriously, not trying to start West vs East war :-)

cauncy
WA, 7044 posts
9 Apr 2019 7:48PM
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Swavek said..
Do you need stinger suit and crock repellent or are these spots safe to kite? Asking seriously, not trying to start West vs East war :-)


Nah Sri Lankan's have eaten all the crocs and jelly fish

lotofwind
NSW, 5015 posts
10 Apr 2019 12:57AM
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In WA you only need to worry about great whites, not sure if there have been any attacks of late, it usually takes about 6 months before their communications from the desert reaches the modern society in the East. But their dial up speed is improving

quikdrawMcgraw
1001 posts
10 Apr 2019 6:35AM
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Swavek said..
Do you need stinger suit and crock repellent or are these spots safe to kite? Asking seriously, not trying to start West vs East war :-)




Winter is ok...summertime know one swims without a stinger suit, crocs are cold blooded so very inactive in winter. People certainly kite between Bowen and cooktown (approx 1000kms) during winter.

theDoctor
NSW, 4712 posts
10 Apr 2019 9:09PM
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Depends on what kind of trip you wanna do
Just kiting or traveling and get a bit of kiting in...

It's kinda hard to beat ant and paulies place if you just wanna kite
Location is amazing, their place is awesome, conditions are crazy good, and the crowds are non exsistant.
sri lanka is great cause you get to do things other than kiting which makes the so-so kiting ok. But there's crowds, farking crowds and you have to travel from where you're staying to kite, and if you wanna kite away from the crowds you have to travel further and pay more. Plus there's kiting douche bags everywhere.... seriously, it's like a real life version of those kitecomix that get posted here.
I've done both
If i had limited time and just wanted to kite, aus kitesurfari wins hands down.



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