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17th October 2013, 07:05 PM #1
Been watching videos of Galicia in Spain and it looks amazing.
Waves look really nice and there side off wind. Good surfing and culture. But I have a couple of questions- are these side off conditions in those wave suitable for someone just starting to waveride? are there more timid spots on a big day? is there flat water for learning to kitesurf?
Would love to sail in those conditions- looks so amazing! Is August a good time to go?
17th October 2013, 07:09 PM #2
17th October 2013, 07:24 PM #3
17th October 2013, 08:50 PM #4
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- Sep 2008
Jackoboi, ignoring those links cross off conditions are by far the easyest to wave sail in, there's vastly more technique required for side shore or cross on. As long as you've got a good water start and can bog profficently you'll be fine. Tacking off the plane comes when you practice it). Just makes sure there are waves (if there are your garunteed to get back to the beach if the wind dies or you lose your kit) and there not bigger than your happy with (to big and you'll break stuff).
The videos show waves of a decent size but they don't look hugely punishing. They're breaking predictably, its a beach break from what I can see, so nothing rocky to bang yourself against and not super hollow or powerful.
Last edited by TallJames; 17th October 2013 at 09:01 PM.
18th October 2013, 10:28 AM #5
18th October 2013, 10:41 AM #6
Galicia is awesome. There's always a beach that you can find to cover pretty much any wind direction and swell direction. I've not windsurfed there but have surfed there, having taken some time out after a boat delivery (to Portosin in the Ria de Muros e Noia) and it's a fabulous part of the world. Make sure you speak Spanish or French (they get a lot of French tourists because of the pilgrimage to Santiago di Compostela) and you'll be fine. There's almost too many beaches and you need to be very, very careful as the breaks on most are very powerful and quick on the Atlantic coast and it's a little "easier" on the Biscay (north) coast, around La Coruna.
If you're a football fan then go in the season and make sure you catch a Deportivo game at the Riazor as well, it's on the beach, tickets are cheap, the fans are great and it's the most amazing atmosphere.Got an opinion? Great. Guess what, so's everyone else!
18th October 2013, 10:41 AM #7
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Was there summer 2012 sailing out of Portosin and briefly in September this year before crossing the Biscay. Beautiful area, incredible beaches and clean waves but no wind in the summer. Feels like Cornwall or Pembrokeshire, cold water and weather dominated by Atlantic lows so probably best windsurfing in the Autumn/Winter.
Last edited by jdrummer; 18th October 2013 at 10:47 AM.