Kalpitiya boasts two wind seasons, making it one of many spots with essentially the most kitesurfing days in a yr. The various lagoons are excellent for starting kiteboarders, whereas the close by ocean and the a number of islands within the bay are higher suited to intermediate and superior kitesurfers that may journey upwind as a result of offshore winds. Sri Lanka as a rustic lots to probe for non-windy days, making it excellent for the final word trip. Sri Lanka Kitesurfing: Kalpitiya ought to be in your listing on your subsequent kiteboarding journey!
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The place is Kalpitiya?
Situated about Four hours and 170 kilometers (104 miles) away from Colombo, Kalpitiya grew from a small sleepy fishing village on the Puttalam Peninsula to a well-liked kitesurfing and diving vacation spot.
The place are the Sri Lanka Kitesurfing: Kalpitiya Spots?
Kitesurfing Kalpitiya Lagoon
The primary kitesurfing spot, that is the right place for learners and specialists alike. The sandbar and a smaller shallower part of the lagoon permit learners to enhance their abilities. Consultants can attempt new methods within the sturdy afternoon winds.
Notice that the realm to launch your kite is on the dunes, and no kite resort begins instantly from the resort’s location (besides perhaps Sri Lanka Kite on west-southwestern winds). You’ll be able to attain the dunes both by boat in case you are coming from one of many lagoon’s resorts, or by truck/motorcycle/ scooter if you happen to can from the seaside. A ship can be fairly helpful because the wind is offshore, in case of a rescue. Even in case you are not a part of a resort, fishermen and resort boats are on the prepared to assist, offering a small charge for the rescue (500-1,000LKR).
In Summer time, the wind blows South/Southwest, whereas it comes from the North in Winter.
PROS: The lagoon is sort of a big space and may accommodate ~40 kiters with out feeling too crowded. Earlier than 9:30 am, between 12 pm midday to 2 pm, and after 4:30 pm typically makes a lot much less busy since most faculties are away at these occasions. Don’t miss a sundown session (~6 – 6:30 pm all yr lengthy)!
CONS: The wind could be very gusty within the summer time and extra so in direction of the south finish of the lagoon. The extra vital dunes space tends to be filled with classes and learners, which typically makes entry and exit considerably tough. The entire lagoon begins to be fairly cramped with over 50 kiters.
- Be respectful of native fishermen and their internet. They often come to the lagoon earlier than 9 am and after 5 pm, although most of them fish at night time. Fishing is the livelihood of most villagers, so it’s essential to offer them precedence throughout these hours if you happen to see them round.
- Relying on the state of the dunes, the north half would possibly solely be accessible by foot or 4-wheel drive.
Indian Ocean by Kalpitiya Lagoon
Uneven in the summertime, higher attempt your luck within the winter season for smoother water. You’ll be able to spice your journey and nearly leap from the calm Kalpitiya Lagoon just some dunes away. The seaside there may be additionally an excellent touchdown spot for downwind from Donkey Level
PROS: You may be largely by your self however with protected side-on shore wind.
CONS: Uneven in the summertime.
Downwinder: Donkey Level
Situated close to a small navy camp, Donkey Level often options the perfect waves within the space and secure wind. The world can be an excellent place to begin for a downwind as much as the shores by the Kalpitiya Lagoon. Each Summer time and Winter winds are side-onshore, however both manner, can carry you removed from the shore so be sure you have a security boat or associates who know you’re right here.
PROS: Secure wind and good waves
CONS: Recommend a security boat for downwinder
One other spot with each entry to the ocean and the lagoon, Dream Spot is reached inside a 15-minute boat journey from Kalpitiya Lagoon. A couple of kite faculties and resorts provide journeys there as a part of their packages. You too can go away from right here for a 20 – 40 mn downwind to Ippantivu Island (Mini Vellai). The crossing would possibly imply uneven water through the summer time season.
PROS: Presents steadier wind than the Kalpitiya Lagoon
CONS: Entry by boat or off-road automobile solely
Newcomers’ Favourite: Kappalady Lagoon
A small lagoon about 30 minutes south of Kalpitiya, the flat water of Kappalady is ideal for learners and people seeking to enhance their abilities. The world is quite small and matches about 15 kiters most however affords extra secure wind than Kalpitiya. Notice that the launch space is reachable by foot solely both by crossing within the shallow water space in the course of the lagoon or by the North or South sides. Even be respectful of native instructors and their college students.
PROS: Regular wind circumstances, tremendous flat and shallow water all throughout, excellent for learners
CONS: A quite small website, crowded with 10 kites. An space is supposedly reserved for learners, making it even smaller for kiters
Kiteboarding Kalpitiya Should-Do: Vellai Island & Paradise Island
A day journey to Vellai Island is a must-do whereas in Kalpitiya. The two.5 km (1.5 miles) lengthy bay is in Portugal Bay, about 1-hour boat journey North of Kalpitiya and is true to its title of Paradise. The regular offshore wind runs from Might to September and means flat water circumstances. A couple of sandbars permit for standing and assist learners and intermediate riders to enhance their abilities. The offshore wind nonetheless additionally means upwind using abilities are required. Except a rescue boat is on standby to catch you, your kite or board again. A couple of fishermen huts and dunes are the one constructions on the island, however in a single day keep could be organized.
You probably have time and like tenting, an in a single day also needs to be in your listing. The wind is extra secure than within the lagoon, so if the wind circumstances are gusty in Kalpitiya, plan a day journey to Vellai. On the way in which there, ask on your boat to drop you on the sandbank about 5 km ( three miles) from Velai seaside for an epic flat water downwinder.
PROS: Flatwater, regular wind, sandbar, simply excellent!
CONS: Go there earlier than it will get too common!
Additionally known as Mini Vellai, that is one of the small islands additional up Dutch Bay in direction of the ocean. The central bay is protected and affords flat water with offshore winds. A superb and nearer different to Vellai, a ship journey can attain the island in about 30 minutes. Within the Summer time, you may shortly do a downwind from the peninsula to Dream Level, however the water could be uneven.
Epic Downwinders: 84 Miles from Kalpitiya to Mannar
How does an 84-mile (135-km) downwind journey alongside the Northwest coast of Sri Lanka sound? Think about jungle, villages, mangroves, and naturally sturdy winds to take all the way down to Mannar. A visit of a lifetime for positive! Kitesurfing Lanka resort organizes a number of journeys through the summer time season all the way in which to their Vayu resort in Mannar.
The flat water spot is best kited in summer time due to the offshore SSW wind. A favourite downwind is feasible by means of Dutch Bay.
Dutch Bay Level
A winter season spot, Dutch Bay Level – aka Navy Level – that is corresponding to Vella Island with flat water and offshore circumstances however nearer to Kalpitiya. You want a 4-wheel drive, a fisherman’s tractor or by boat to achieve it. If you’re there across the summer time months, get pleasure from a downwind session to Vella, greatest reserved for superior kitesurfers.
Gear Rental & Classes
Loads of kite faculties are across the Kalpitiya lagoon and alongside the ocean, and most of them are built-in a part of kite resorts. For simpler entry, we’re itemizing right here kite faculty resorts, the place faculties are on website or working along with resorts. A number of the extra vital organizations are Sri Lanka Kite, De Silva Wind Resort, however there are numerous others. On the time of scripting this weblog submit (Up to date March 2019), you may discover the next faculties resorts: Valampuri Kite Resort (former Kiteboarding Sri Lanka), Surfpoint Sri Lanka, KiteWorldWide, Ruuk Village, Rascals Kite Resort, Kitesurfing Sri Lanka, Margarita Village Kalpitiya Kite College, Solar Wind Seashore Kite College, and Cocodance Kitesurfing. This listing just isn’t exhaustive as there appear to be new faculties and new resorts popping up each different day.
A number of faculties are additionally near the Kappalady Lagoon: Kite Heart Sri Lanka on the Components Seashore Nature Resort, Kite-n-Roll, and Kitekuda Sri Lanka Kite College.
Classes can be found in numerous languages, French, German, Dutch, English, Spanish, and extra relying on the varsity you select. Many make use of Western instructors in addition to native execs who grew up with the wind and know the native spots inside out.
If you’re seeking to windsurf, De Silva Resort is the one one offering windsurf rental gear.
Hire or convey your gear?
That’s the query! Properly, our reply shall be: convey your personal! In fact, meaning shuffling your heavy luggage to Kalpitiya, however you may be free to go wherever you need everytime you need. Actually renting offers the flexibleness of getting totally different kite sizes relying on the wind. However you may nonetheless do it to enhance your materials, ought to the necessity arises.
One of many causes we recommend bringing your gear is that the costs requested for the rental are usually costly. Furthermore, the rental gear we noticed and tried didn’t appear to be the latest or most performant fashions. Granted, it was in March, on the finish of the season and most faculties had already packed their gears. Notice that we didn’t attempt all of the kite faculties and may’t touch upon all of them.
You probably have particular gear in thoughts, or a model or a mannequin, contact the kite shops to see whether or not they have what you need. One other good thing about bringing your gear is that, as a newbie myself however not taking classes; I couldn’t hire any gear since they often require you both take lessons with them or have an intermediate degree. Having the ability to use Bruno’s gear allowed me to maintain working towards and enhancing.
Every kite resort has a small store the place you should purchase new and used gear – harness, rash guards, typically even a number of boards or kites. Notice that you just could possibly get an excellent deal on North and Nobile kites that are manufactured in Sri Lanka.
There was once an precise kite store in downtown Kalpitiya run by AAA Kiteboarding but it surely appears the web site and store not exist (Be at liberty to tell us if that’s not true).
Within the case of an unfortunate tear to your kite, test with Sri Lanka Kite. Considered one of their employees offers kite repairs and would possibly save your holidays.
When To Go
With two wind seasons to select from, Kalpitiya makes it straightforward so that you can plan your kitesurfing holidays.
- The Summer time season runs from Might to October with the wind often blowing 15 to 25 knots every single day, typically even with peaks at 30 knots. The wind usually comes from the southwest. This summer time 2017 has been inconsistent to this point. Over a roughly 45-day interval, we had about 5 days with out wind, 10 days with gentle breeze, and fairly gusty when windy. Native long-timers say it’s considerably uncommon. Possibly we have to come subsequent Summer time once more.
- The Winter season is from December by means of February, with regular afternoon winds averaging 15 to 20 knots most days.The wind comes from the north throughout this season and begins from round late morning. Many say the winter season is best than Summer time as a result of the wind is extra constant even when not as sturdy. Extra regular winds imply flatter water, making winter a good time for different actions resembling diving, whale-watching, or dolphin-watching.
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