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Costa Rica weather forecasting for kiteboarding

Even though weather reports give you predictions and current wind conditions, observing the conditions firsthand is tremendously useful. In this article you’ll learn a few things that will help you forecast and read the weather.  Conditions will vary throughout the coast in Costa Rica and at the two main kitesurfing areas in the country: Bahia Salinas / Playa Copal and the northern part of Lake Arenal known for its windsurf and kitesurf launch areas. 


2012 kites in Costa Rica – kitesurfing gear

costa rica kitesWe’re very excited to test out the new 2012 kites now that the Costa Rica kiteboarding season is starting. At the top two spots for kitesurfing in Bahia Salinas and Arenal Lake there seem to be mostly three brands of kites out there, with other kite brands interspersed from leftovers and visiting Kitesurfers who bring their own gear. Those top kite brands are shown below with introductory videos and description for one of each of their flagship kites: Cabrinha, North, and Best Kiteboarding. If you want to test these out or buy kites in Costa Rica, check out the gear page for the top kite gear sellers.

The three kites are the North Rebel, Cabrinha Switchblade, and Best Kiteboarding TS.

First, here’s an intro video


Pura Vida kiteboarding video

Pura Vida Kiteboard Costa RicaHere’s a great PURA VIDA kiteboarding video shot over several months of travel and kitesurfing.  With a name like that, anyone that’s traveled to Costa Rica would say this was all about kiteboarding “Costa Rica”, drinking some Imperial, and even visiting some of the lesser known kitesurfing spots on Costa Rica’s pacific coast or even the odd kite day in Puerto Viejo.

The video is an original from Pett.  Pett is a snowkiter, kiteboarder.  It’s a short movie from several months of living, travelling and kitesurfing around Spain and Portugal – sorry, no Costa Rica kiteboarding on this one. Still, it’s a good video with kite-viewpoints, shots from a camera mounted on the board, and some edited footage of wakestyle kiteboard tricks.  Cehck out some great jumps around 2:45 and the series of missed landings and kite crashes around 4:50.

The track on the video is Sweetest girl by Wyclef Jean (live from Madrid)


Wind forecast for top 2 Costa Rica kitesurf spots

Costa Rica wind patternHere are the wind forecasts for the top two kiteboarding spots in Costa Rica. You’ve probably already seen that the best months at these spots are November-May. In fact, many hotels and kitesurfing schools close during the off-season, so be sure to check if you decide to go during the non-windy season. You may still get some wind and there are other options down on the Caribbean or kitesurfing the Pacific coast June-October. If you need more kitesurfing information for Bahia Salinas Kiteboarding or Kitesurf Lake Arenal, just follow the links.


Kitesurf in Pavones – Playa Cocal Costa Rica

Pavones surf beach aerial viewNot much kitesurfing going on in Pavones and southern Costa Rica, but here are a couple of good examples of what you’ll find… beautiful beaches, good waves, moderate wind, and a great vibe.


Lake Arenal Kitesurfing Videos

The view from Lago Arenal in Costa RicaLake Arenal is a great place to kiteboard and windsurf. Over the past year we’ve seen more and more user-submitted videos for Arenal, so we’ve compiled our favorite kitesurfing videos for Lago Arenal. Check them out below and let us know if you have a video to add to this collection.


Kitesurfing videos of Costa Rica

There are tons of videos and clips of both local and visiting kitesurfers and kiteboarders in Costa Rica.  We’ve listed a few of those below,

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Watch local riders, pros, and top kiteboarding footage. Costa Rica kitesurfing videos from visiting kiters, local riders, and each of the best places to launch a kite.   Media Gallery

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