Wind windows and powerzone

POWER OF THE WIND

Understanding wind directions, reading forecasts, wind strengths and the different characteristics of winds isessential for kite surfing. Before going into the water, it is extra important to know the direction of the wind and the wind. It is a basic rule every kitesurfer should know. It is also important to be able to assess wind direction in order to be able to choose a beach and to practice kitesurfing safely.

WIND WINDOW - AN IMPORTANT PART FOR KITESURFING

Understanding the wind window is important part of your kitesurfing development. The wind window is called the entire area where the kite flies and generates power.

The kite generates different amount of power depending on where in the wind window it flies and pulls you in different directions depending on where in the wind window the kite is located. When you understand the wind window, you know where the kite should be placed so you can surf and have maximum security when there are strong or breezy winds.

THE DIFFERENT ZONE OF WIND WINDOW

The three zones of the wind window:

Static zone
The kite flies, but powerless. A kind of free mode or decoupling. This is where takeoff & landing takes place.

Dynamic zone
The kite generates force and pull as it flies in the dynamic zone.

Power zones
The kite generates maximum power and drag as it passes that part deep down into the wind window called the powerzone.

DIFFERENT WIND DIRECTIONS

The best wind conditions for kitesurfing are side onshore, ie when the wind blows obliquely towards the beach. Then you surf out from the beach and into the beach.


If the wind blows from the water directly towards the beach, it is called an onshore wind and is also a safe wind direction to kitesurf in.


Offshore winds should be avoided as long as you are not sure of your self-rescue and / or have a lifeboat available.


For more information on different wind directions, see the video below.