El saliente

Yes and not, kitesurfistically speaking, geographically speaking, which will be the exact translation of this word? I am sorry, my english language skills don’t get that far.   El saliente, when refered to what I mean it is not just someone which is going away, basically because I am not talking about a person but about a part of the shore which protrude from the coast where it is located.

Therefore, what do I mean?, I mean a space, a especifical place on the shore which is as a point, in surface, our “saliente” it is of about 10×8 square meters, and the good part of the story is that, due of its location, this spot could be used in case you would like to have a place in the shore wherte to start a kitesurfing downwind.

In the next two photos you can see the exact location

1 saliente Es Barcares kitesurfing spot Mallorca

This first one shows the location. As can be seen it is not too far from our natural kitespot in Pollensa Bay, the authorized area to teach and to kitesurf in our island.

2 primer plano saliente Es Barcares kitesurfen mallorca

the second photo show the “saliente” itself

 

 

What a great kite downwind point

The point it is easy to reach, we can park barely 50 mts from it and carry our board and kite until there.   Where starts the dark part of the task? … on the floor, the ground of which the saliente it is of two kinds, firstly it is just a base or rock … which, as consequence of the years and the storms of NW, the waves and the sea erosion have shaped as a what we could call a “very sharp rock“, that is why, we should be extremely carefull about it, in order to not damage our kite.

4 suelo de piedra erosionada por las olas

Thanks to the next link we can see a video of the saliente and, especially, of the part of it which is submerged -which, at the same time, it is the positive part of it-

as the video shows, the submerged part of our point is is covered of some sort of vegetal carpet, which definitely facilitates standing on top of it, though it is recommended, in case you decide to try yourself, to not do it barefoot. A booties or a neoprene socks will protect your dear feet of any posible harm

and … on the next photo, the awaited reward, plenty space downwind, some 600 mts at least from where, once our kite is it launched, enjoy the free space downwind and the absence of any wave which may complicated your waterstart attempts

5 vista desde el saliente ecole de kitesurf a majorque 2016

It is evident that we should have some sort of assistance to achieve the absolute success in out legitimate task, to have a good downwind space.

Depending of the type of kite we are using, the methiod of launching may differ. If it is a tube kite, we should especially be very carefull how and where to pump the kite -not on the hard shaped ground- therefore, pump the kite in other place, and with the help of one or two assistents carry it until the water, and there, place it on top of the water, let it drift downwards and launch it, actually a “normal” water relaunch

If our kite it is a foil, we should also be very carefull about the filling of the kite, preferably to roll the tips of the foil and just fill a couple of meters of the central part of the kite, carry it until the water, one, or better two assistents get into the water and start unrolling the foil kite tips as the kite it is filling itself, until there is enough air on it to let it go, while the future downwinder fellow is pulling gently from the central lines, grabbed over the kite bar.

And a final panoramic photo of the whole “saliente”, pros and cons included.

mallorca kitesurfing downwind

 

Kitesurfing downwind in Mallorca?