KITESURFING RULES IN POLLENSA BAY/MALLORCA 

Advices for independent riders

Consider the fact that, on the Eastern part of  Pollensa bay, kiters that decide to ride there,  have to share the spot with other riders navigating in tracks which generally run parallel to the beach, and to that fact, we have to add that some of this riders are  inexpert and/or beginner kiters.

Having that in mind, you have always to extreme precautions and procure to have your rides or upwind from kiter’s masification, or downwind of it, and respect always the “preferences of way” which can be found on our Blog.

Feel free to ask everything you wish to other riders, most of them will help you with pleasure. When practicing kitesurfing, and , specially if you are a beginner, it’s advisable to do it on winds between 8 and 15 knots, with less wind, the kite will not fly well, but with more wind, it can be dangerous.

Basic advices when practicing kitesurfing

getting started with kitesurfing in Mallorca

Never go kitesurfing alone and if you do, always tell to your family or friends. Let them know where you are and at what time you will come back. Find out the dangers that may be on the beach, especially at low tide, because may be shallow enough to leave some rock near the sea surface, check for possible boat moorings, etc.

If the wind comes from the sea, (onshore) we should extreme precautions, especially when launching and landing the kite, because if there’s any problem we may get dragged.

Sea winds are usually more laminar, because the sea has no obstacles that can produce turbulences and gusts in the wind. The average intensity of onshore winds can go up or down but mostly in a fairly progressive way.

When winds are blowing offshore, we should not try to kite, or fly a kite on the beach even if it seems that wind it is not strong.  In that case, as the wind arrives through mountains, buildings, etc, this will  creates turbulences, lulls and gusts.

Wind can pass from 6-7 knots  to 20 + knots in a couple of seconds and you can lose control of the kite, the kite can collapse or you can even get dragged brutally. You have to consider also the danger of losing the kite if it falls into water, because offshore winds will push it off into the open sea.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Precautions after your KITEMALLORCA kite course ends

1) Liability Insurance.

2) Anemometer. Imperative to know how strong the wind is and if it’s in the range of your kite.

3) Kite. Use the kite size according to your weight and wind intensity.

4) Board. A medium or large size will certainly improve your progress.

5) Harness. Buy the one that makes you feel more comfortable.

6) Vest. The main reason to have a vest is that they give you buoyancy and also protects your ribs.

7) Helmet. In all cases but specially in zones franked by rocks or in areas of not much depth.

8) Booties. If your area is rocky, also to avoid getting hurted on the feet by pebbles, seaweed, etc.

9) Neoprene. It helps you to keep your body temperature and protect you against abrasions.

10) Check your equipment before sailing to see all is in good condition. If there is anything that can break, change it to avoid accidents.

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Every time before sailing to do some rehearsal with the quick release oo your bar, if you need it you will find it fast.  It has to be a reflex movement, without thinking.  You may not have to use it ever, but better be prepared to use it if needed.

Review it for it is in good condition and works when needed.  Salt, sand, wear, etc, could make it stiff and when you more need it, it could fail and you may stay hooked.

After check it, make sure you assemble it correctly

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IMPORTANT FACTS TO CONSIDER ABOUT WINDS IN MALLORCA

GETTING STARTED WITH KITESURFING

During Autumn and winter we receive mostly winds from the predominant SW W and NW directions, alternating with ocassional storms from N or NE.

Since weather gets warmer, and especially during the summer months, the predominant wind direction it’s marked by thermal differences, which create winds onshore, from NE and East, known as “embat”.

This is making the most part of Pollensa Bay, a perfect 4 kms spot with little waves and shallow waters.

ASOCIACION APRENDE A NAVEGAR

The best and safest way to practice and/or improve your kitesurfing, windsurf or surfing skills

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