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Re: Best place to retire in Europe for Old boy board freak

Postby TomW » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:09 pm

Bri7,

Yes, that is a good idea for scoping out.
I'm OK if it is 10-14 c in winter, I kite in that kinda weather all the time!

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Re: Best place to retire in Europe for Old boy board freak

Postby cichenlùp » Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:14 pm

I'm OK if it is 10-14 c in winter
In Italy I'd advise you to go to Sardinia (west and southwest sardinia if you're looking for wind and waves, north and south if'you're looking for wind only) or to Sicily (south and west).
If you're looking for a place to live 6-8 months a year, Sardinia could be better
If you're looking for a place to live 365 days a year, you might choose Sicily, warmer and more populated in wintertime
Living in places like Siracusa-Ortigia, Noto, Scicli or Modica and kiting in Santa Maria del Focallo or Pozzallo ... that would probably be the best! :cool2:

Otherwise, in Sardinia, you could live in the area of cities like Sassari, Alghero Oristano or Cagliari, and be few mins from kitespots like La Pelosa or Chia
Other than Italy, I've a real passion for Greek islands, but in wintertime they are really few crowded, may be too much in my opinion. In this case I'd choose to live near Athens, from what I remember in the coast between Rafina and Cape Sounion there should be some kitespots

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Re: Best place to retire in Europe for Old boy board freak

Postby bri7 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:33 pm

We are going back to Sardinia for the 3rd time this summer, this time to the South. We did the north for 2 years and I kited only Porto Pollo, there are better spots and Tony's guide to Sardinia on here is a great resource.

The island itself I find has a rustic charm and I'm looking forward to seeing the South of the island. We go as a family so twin girls who are 5 my other daughter who is 17 and the wife. If it's windy I'll hire a car and drive to the spot. I like the Italian way with kids, they are super nice with them and I find it's just part of Italian culture. That along with how they eat.... it's amazing, No boozed up Brits getting hammered anywhere.

The views are stunning and the evenings are long sun drenched affairs, Once you get out the main towns it's super laid back. Of course there is the Italian food, wine and now I've discovered Italian craft beer which is great. Nice American style IPA's etc.

We have booked our holidays through www.justsardinia.co.uk/home/ it will give you a feel for the Island. Yes, there are the Billionaire yachts in Porto Cervo but there are a thousand other coves / beaches to explore.

Not sure what its like in the winter, it can;'t be that cold ;-) I'm in the mood for resigning now, spending the kids education money on a van, selling the house and hitting the road !!

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Re: Best place to retire in Europe for Old boy board freak

Postby sixdivision » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:38 pm

Could someone point me to reliable (first-hand?) information about the kite-conditions on Fuerteventura in winter please, I struggle with contradictory reports...Some say Tenerife (El Medano) is better, some say Fuerte is better...thanks in advance :-)

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Re: Best place to retire in Europe for Old boy board freak

Postby Slappysan » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:14 pm

Hit up Gunnar Biniasch ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnn5Nj ... bWC4uAEyDg ) for info on Fuerte.

I think that the kiting is better at Flag Beach on Fuerte than El Medano but overall I there's a lot more to do on Tenerife and it's still got really good kiting.

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Re: Best place to retire in Europe for Old boy board freak

Postby sixdivision » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:57 pm

Slappysan wrote:Hit up Gunnar Biniasch ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnn5Nj ... bWC4uAEyDg ) for info on Fuerte.

I think that the kiting is better at Flag Beach on Fuerte than El Medano but overall I there's a lot more to do on Tenerife and it's still got really good kiting.

Thanks for that, just contacted him and he shared some useful info, basically in winter it's hit or miss on Fuerte, which translates to 50% of the days kite-able on TT/freeride. If you foil then it's 80%. Kitesize used by Gunnar is 10 or 15 for freeride, but he mentions he likes to be overpowered, so he uses the 15 from 18-25 knots, and 10 above that. Good enough for me :-)
Mostly Flag Beach works, but sometimes he moves to different location.

Does anyone have similarly detailed info on El Medano?


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