Our spot is located in the trade winds zone typical for the locations close to the Equator. Additionally the following effects make the trade winds even more reliable:
Terrain – land masses surrounding our spot are creating a so called Venturi effect that creates a channel through which wind accelerates
Thermal – the difference between water and air temperature creates a sea breeze effect
Due to these effects the average wind statistics for our spot show more than 70% windy days per year!
NW / NNW – most common wind direction giving pleasant sideshore/side on-shore wind. This wind direction always let you go back to the shore, so you are safe! North West winds are also light and dry; therefore you do not feel hot, even when temperature is very high. When we have northern wind – be sure – it is going to be windy…
- NNE/NE – not a very common type of wind. When the wind starts to blow from the East the air becomes more humid and our spot changes. Easterlies are perfect for practising new tricks, as the strength is always between 12 to 15 knots.
- SW – possible only during winter months. Strong off-shore which blows your hat away!
What size of kite should I take?
Your best bet is to take all the sizes you have – from small 6 - 7m to big 13 - 17m kites. Average wind speed at our spot is between 14-17 knots, but this is just the average…
We have observed the following wind patterns at our spot:
- Wind is stronger in the morning
- Wind speed decreases when the tide goes out
- Wind speed increases when the tide comes in Wind speed increases approximately one hour before the sunset and can go from 0 to over 20 knots in minutes.
- If forecast shows no wind it is still worth to coming in the early morning for an unexpected session!
Our spot is perfect for kitesurfers of all levels. Beginners will benefit from the vast, 500 meter wide, shallow lagoon, where water is at maximum waist deep – depending on the tide. The conditions are safe and comfortable which makes you progress faster than anywhere else!
Advanced riders will appreciate flat water, where riding is very comfortable and learning new tricks comes easy! Deep water is separated from the lagoon by the coral reef. Those who like to explore our spot more can safely cross over the coral reef. The rescue boat is always at the ready in case help is required. Once on the water you will notice a stretch of 3-10 meters wide dead reef zone indicated by the yellow buoys – remember to take extra care when passing over.
Tidal flows are typical for all kite surfing destinations in Egypt. Two low tides and two high tides occur within a 24 hour time period. Full tide phase from low to high tide lasts 6 hours and proceeds via the following steps:
- When water level reaches its highest point we are in the state of high tide. After high tide the water level doesn’t change for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours the water level goes down. This process takes four hours until water level reaches its lowest point – low tide.
- Low tide, analogous to the high tide, lasting for 2 hours during which the water level remains the same.
- After 2 hours water level rises. This process takes four hours until water level reaches its highest point – high tide - again.
The above cycle happens 4 times within 24 hours, 365 days a year. In every 24 hour period low and high tide move approximately 45 minutes ahead. For example – high tide time today is 9:15, high tide time tomorrow will be 9:55.
Amplitude – the difference between high and low tide depends on the season and phase of the moon. Difference between the tides is not as high during winter, spring and autumn months. In the summer the water can literally disappear from the lagoon for 2-3 hours. What is the solution? Kitesurfing in the deep water or simply a lunch break :)
Tides - unlike weather forecast – can be predicted years in advance. Tides table for 2015 can be downloaded by clicking here.
Things to take:
- wetsuit – according to our suggestion in the table
- +30 SPF sun cream
- rashguard with long sleeve – especially in the summer!
- Neoprene shoes to protect your feet from pieces of old reef and sharp shells (recommended for beginners)
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