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Pacific coast Nicaragua

Postby windgirl » Sat Nov 20, 2021 10:42 pm

Is there any good wave riding x on or x of the pacific coast in Nicaragua? I am planning to go on a surf camp in Miramar Leon province, but am wondering if it is also kiteable?
Would be in May.

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Re: Pacific coast Nicaragua

Postby Flyboy » Sun Nov 21, 2021 1:26 am

I don't have definite answer to your question ... but I'm guessing no. The wind in Costa Rica/Nicaragua is from the North East predominately, so it blows (very hard) in the windy season (December to April) from that direction, meaning it's offshore on the Pacific coast. The one place that has kitable wind is Bahia Salinas, a bay on the border between Costa Rica & Nicaragua. It works there because it's a deep bay & you can launch on the south shore of the bay so the wind there is side on. You can kite on the Caribbean side of Nicaragua, on Corn Island & on the west side of Lago Cocibolca, which is a large lake. It looks like it would probably have rideable swell with strong wind.

https://www.airvuz.com/video/Central-Am ... 60c624a961
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Re: Pacific coast Nicaragua

Postby windgirl » Sun Nov 21, 2021 4:39 am

Flyboy wrote:
Sun Nov 21, 2021 1:26 am
I don't have definite answer to your question ... but I'm guessing no. The wind in Costa Rica/Nicaragua is from the North East predominately, so it blows (very hard) in the windy season (December to April) from that direction, meaning it's offshore on the Pacific coast. The one place that has kitable wind is Bahia Salinas, a bay on the border between Costa Rica & Nicaragua. It works there because it's a deep bay & you can launch on the south shore of the bay so the wind there is side on. You can kite on the Caribbean side of Nicaragua, on Corn Island & on the west side of Lago Cocibolca, which is a large lake. It looks like it would probably have rideable swell with strong wind.

https://www.airvuz.com/video/Central-Am ... 60c624a961
Thanks. So it could be rideable but off shore wind?

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Re: Pacific coast Nicaragua

Postby Flyboy » Sun Nov 21, 2021 7:07 am

I've never kited in Nicaragua, so I can't say for sure, but I very much doubt that's it's possible to kitesurf on the Pacific coast. Look at Salinas Bay on the extreme north of Costa Rica. The wind sweeps down from La Cruz at the top of the bay in a more or less NE direction. That would make it straight offshore up the coast of Nicaragua. When I was there (back in the windsurfing days) it was insanely windy - like a constant 30 - 40 knots. I gather it's not always that windy, but in any case the direction of the wind would make it impossible to go out except in the deep bay. Of Bahia Salinas. Your best bet in Nicaragua would be lake Cocibolca. If it's 30 knots plus on the lake I would imagine there would be rideable swell along the west shore of the lake.

You can see the way the wind works in the area on Windy.com:

https://www.windy.com/?2021112918,10.87 ... ,m:dX0adMu

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Re: Pacific coast Nicaragua

Postby windgirl » Sun Nov 21, 2021 8:44 am

Thanks so much. That really helps.

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Re: Pacific coast Nicaragua

Postby adamj2281 » Sun Nov 21, 2021 1:18 pm

Costa Rica has a spot near the border with Nicaragua, but it's all flat water, kiting waves on the Pacific coast isn't going to work.
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