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KITESURF & CONDITIONS
Kitesurf is not a difficult sport, but requires knowledge of a particular technique. It is not necessary to have an extraordinary physical condition to kitesurf. There is also no age limit. You will need to learn with professionals to navigate safely. After a few lessons, you will already be able to ride.
Kitesurfing requires to learn a particular technique (use of the kite and the board). That’s why it’s essential to learn with professionals in order to know well about the safety rules.
Being dependent of nature (wind & water) you also need to have basic knowledge in how analysing a spot (wind direction, tide, current…) If you’re trained and you know kitesurf safety rules, this sport isn’t more dangerous than other outdoor sports.
If you’re a beginner in kitesurf, you will first have to learn how to fly the kite, safety rules, how to analyse a spot, how wind and tides work, how to set up the equipment.
Once you’re comfortable with the kite, you’ll be able to get the board and learn how to use it on the water as well as manage the kite.
Number of lessons depends on each person. Generally, if you’re a beginner without any experience in board sports, it takes at least 9 hours to get your first riding feelings on water.
To be considered an autonomous rider you have to know the kitesurfing safety rules as well as the international signs, be able to launch and land your kite in security. Know how to go upwind from both sides.
You can become independent after 9 or 12 hours or more, it will depend on the way you’ll progress.
If you want to become an independent kitesurfer as quickly as possible, or if you have a short time to learn, private lessons seem to be the best option for you.
However, if you have more time to learn kitesurf and you want to share an experience with your partner or one of your friend, semi-private lessons are a good alternative.
In Portugal, it’s possible to kite:
– in the north of the country from Porto to the Spanish border.
– Around Lisbon.
– In the south of the country in Algarve.
About kitespots in the north and around Lisbon, wind blows more or less all the year with still more windy days between April and November. What will determine the season is above all the water temperature, cause yes, in Portugal we wear a wetsuit for kitesurfing.
The best time for kitesurfing or learning kitesurf in Portugal is between April and November.
In Summer, you’ll have more chance to get windy days, you’ll do kitesurfing in a warmer water, but you’ll also meet more people on spots.
INFORMATION & BOOKING
Discover all the activities, our best addresses, tips and things that cannot be missed in our article.
Visit the castle, the Sainte Marie church, walk in the small flowered pedestrian streets, discover the white, blue and yellow houses. Óbidos is a charming village.
You cannot leave Óbidos without tasting the well-known Ginjinha. You will find this cherry liqueur everywhere in the village. Enjoy it in a small chocolate glass, a real delight!
– Buy chocolates at Óbidos Chocolate House
– Taste Bombokas at the Fábrica das Bombokas
– Taste the traditional Pão com Chouriço (bread with chorizo) at Capinha
Events in Óbidos:
March / April: The International Chocolate Festival
July / August: The Medieval Festival, Mercado Medieval de Obidos.
To go to the Óbidos lagoon from Lisbon, the best option is to come in car (about 1½ -hour drive).
If you don’t have car you can take the bus with the Rede Expressos company from Lisbon to Peniche (1½ hour-ride ) or Caldas da Rainha (1:10 hour-drive) then book a taxi transfer to come to the lagoon.
We also plan some car transfers from Peniche, Baleal and Ferrel for our students.
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