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30th December 2019
Multisport - Trip Report: UK + Tenerife
Wind Direction: Review of 2019
Surf / Sea State:
Review of 2019
Things I learned in 2019
1. I should have got my bigger (94l) wave board earlier.
2. Kiting is better than windsurfing if wind up and down a bit.
3. I shall not try windfoiling as it is light wind option and local area
usually has enough to wind/kite on 7.5m/11m, or too light to even windfoil.
So saved myself a few Łk there.
4 Best gear and sporting options depend on where you live, so listen to
others but make your own decision.
5. Kite cruising is better than windsurf cruising as more open to elements
and views, but windsurf blasting is better than kite blasting.
6 Kiting is much less tiring than windsurfing and see why kiters use
Overall a good year as I wind/kited 126 days (147 sessions - 88 windsurf
and 59 kite with multiple sessions morning and afternoon in Tenerife, or
kite morning and windsurf afternoon in UK))+ 2 days catameran. Sails used
3.7m (6), 4.2 (14), 4.7m (25), 5.3m (28). 6m (15), 7.5m (13), 9m kite
(equivalent to 4.7m/5,3m Windsurf), 11m kite (57, equivalent to 6m/7.5m
windsurfing). I missed some good days: six alone in December due to two
I am surprised so much was on small gear, 28% of wind/kite sessions on 4.7m
or smaller and 45% on 5.3m and smaller. I am also surprised I kited 38% of
all sessions, as I kited rather than windsurf to improve my kiting, and
winds were either too S or NW for local beach and much easier to load car
with kite gear
Tenerife - I wind and kitesurfed 43 out of 83 days on my 86l quad
windsurfer for 30 sessions and kite for 27, which was about 50% of days and
a bit less than usual, but at least windy days were windier than usual
Sails used: 3.7m (4),4.2m (5), 4.7m (8), 5.3m(10); 11m kite (27) equivalent
to 6m-7.5m windsurfing for me (85kg). Kiting gave a wider wind range for
luggage allowance and copes better with El Medano gusty conditions.
Waveriding at harbour wall was poor and has been snce they completed bigger
harbour up the coast. There were only a few days with shore break waves,
though they get crowded and wind is light inshore.
El Medano is a challenging place to learn kiting as water is choppy, wind
sometimes gusty, busy, and you quickly run out of beach. Loads of
windsurfing and kiting experts ready with tips which helps
Holiday ended on 17 no-wind days, returning the day after I left - c'est la
Overall a 4* year. If my waveriding had improved more would be 5*.
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