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Re: kiting Portugal / Spain in July

Postby Flyboy » Thu May 09, 2019 10:21 pm

I didn't realize that Guincho can get that big during the summer.

Guincho was not big when I visited in July ... however, it was very windy. One day I came off the water with my 7m because it was too windy - people were going out on 4m & 5m kites. Not particularly gnarly to get out at Guincho, but an unforgiving, rocky shoreline downwind. Guincho is a spectacular spot & a big bonus to a tourist is how close it is to Lisbon & the Sintra area. Lots of sights to see within an hours drive, so it would be a good location to stay for a while & make day trips.

I mostly kited in the Peniche area near Obidos. Wind was pretty variable, but a 10m would seem a reasonable choice there. If I were you, I would take a 10m & 7m if you're thinking about spending time at Guincho.
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Re: kiting Portugal / Spain in July

Postby dirtybeach » Sun May 12, 2019 5:04 pm

Just to echo post on guincho wind when we were there, it kicks in about noon, and would peak around 5pm to sunset.

Although we didn’t kite peniche, we went there to surf. Great area there. We stayed in Santa Rita at a nice affordable hotel on the water, and kited the beach nearby. Mellow waves, no surfers, and we were the only kiters.

Guincho webcam - https://beachcam.meo.pt/livecams/praia-do-guincho/

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Re: kiting Portugal / Spain in July

Postby mnd12 » Fri May 17, 2019 3:02 pm

Thanks for providing the link for Guincho webcam!

What time of the year were you in Santa Rita? Also, what kite size did you use?
dirtybeach wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 5:04 pm
Just to echo post on guincho wind when we were there, it kicks in about noon, and would peak around 5pm to sunset.

Although we didn’t kite peniche, we went there to surf. Great area there. We stayed in Santa Rita at a nice affordable hotel on the water, and kited the beach nearby. Mellow waves, no surfers, and we were the only kiters.

Guincho webcam - https://beachcam.meo.pt/livecams/praia-do-guincho/

Santa Rita
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Re: kiting Portugal / Spain in July

Postby dirtybeach » Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:23 pm

mnd12 wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 3:02 pm
Thanks for providing the link for Guincho webcam!

What time of the year were you in Santa Rita? Also, what kite size did you use?
dirtybeach wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 5:04 pm
Just to echo post on guincho wind when we were there, it kicks in about noon, and would peak around 5pm to sunset.

Although we didn’t kite peniche, we went there to surf. Great area there. We stayed in Santa Rita at a nice affordable hotel on the water, and kited the beach nearby. Mellow waves, no surfers, and we were the only kiters.

Guincho webcam - https://beachcam.meo.pt/livecams/praia-do-guincho/

Santa Rita
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We were there late August early September. That day at Santa Rita we were on 12’s. At guincho we only flew 7’s and 9’s.

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Re: kiting Portugal / Spain in July

Postby Onda » Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:48 pm

Guincho is very different every day.
In high summer the wind is VERY strong (30+ kts) almost every afternoon, plus ultra gusty, particularly at the northern end of the beach.
It is really dangerous there: Max. 400 m of beach stretch, with large rocks in the middle of the beach in the water. Extreme currents at both ends of the beach, many surfers and kiters in the water. Rocky coastline except for that small beach... I wouldn´t go kiting there unless you´re 100% sure what you´re doing and about the conditions and that you can handle them.

Costa Caparica is much much more relaxed, open endless beaches, no rocks, wind is at least 5 to 10 kts weaker (which is good, in most cases).
There is a kite station there where you can hire kites, boards etc. (Praia da Nova Vaga).

Viana I´ve heard only phantastic reports about, never been there personally.


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