Wind directions kitesurfing

Windrichtingen kitesurfen

Be more conscious of the wind and the wind-directions from now on. Where is it coming from? How do you see that? How do you feel that? The wind-directions which are dealt with here is relative to the beach.

Wind-directions

We know four wind-directions namely North, East, South, West. You are also able to combine these wind-directions. Be more conscious of the wind from now on. Where is it coming from? How do you see that? How do you feel that? The wind-directions which are dealt with here are relative to the beach and there are different names for them:

  • Onshore
  • Offshore
  • Side shore
  • Cross onshore
  • Cross offshore

Movie wind-directions kitesurfing (dutch)

Side shore

Side shore means the wind-directions are blowing along the waterline/beach.

Side shore is the perfect wind for kitesurfing. You can go out away from shore and kite right back to shore. (the walk of shame 😉) If you fail to maintain the hight of your starting point you can always walk back “upwind” (into the wind).

Onshore

Onshore means the wind-directions are blowing from the water towards the shore. For a kitesurfer onshore wind-directions make it more difficult to get out to kitesurf. The reason for this is because a kitesurfer has to immediately go upwind with a waterstart in order not to land or crash on the beach.

Onshore wind-directions are pretty safe because you can’t be pulled out to sea. Be aware of objects downwind (with the wind) of you. Some beaches are relatively small making onshore wind-directions more dangerous if there are objects nearby.

Cross onshore

Cross onshore means the wind-directions are blowing towards the beach a 45 degree angle (diagonally).

Also diagonally onshore wind-directions are the best wind-directions for kitesurfers. You can always get back to shore when something goes wrong. Even if you are a beginner exercising in the water you can easily walk back upwind.

Offshore

Offshore means that the wind-directions are blowing away from land out towards the water. It’s also called a “land breeze’.

With offshore wind-directions it’s highly advised not to go kitesurfing. Offshore winds are 90% of the time very gusty resulting in difficulty flying a kite and making it harder to come back to shore when something goes wrong.

Cross offshore

Cross offshore means the wind-directions are blowing away from the beach a 45 degree angle (diagonally).

With cross offshore wind-directions it’s highly advised not to go kitesurfing. Offshore winds are 90% of the time very gusty resulting in difficulty flying a kite and making it harder to come back to shore when something goes wrong.

What wind-directions are the best along the Dutch coast?

From southwest to north winds, the wind side shore, side onshore or onshore. Ideal to go kite surfing! If the wind is coming from land/shore and is blowing out to sea make sure you go to an inland lake. Please note that the wind is gustier making it more difficult to kitesurf.

Unique at “De Zandmotor” (The Sand Engine)

At our teaching location in Kijkduin (Netherlands) there’s a flatwater venue called “De Zandmotor” where you can enjoy kitesurfing in all wind-directions. This is a peninsula right next to the sea where you can always find a side shore spot to start from.