Sardinia, the Summer Island
Zuza Czaplińska - 6th December 2016
Kitesurfing is a beautiful sport and undeniably a massive part of its beauty lays in its diversity. Possibilities are endless – from waveriding, through freestyle and wakestyle, all the way to the foil, which seems to be slowly yet surely climbing its place in the game. It is all up to you which side of the sport you will choose to follow, and for me it has always been about travelling and discovery. And so, this year I've decided to pack my things and head over to Sardinia, a beautiful Italian island, which is well known for its good kitesurfing conditions.
I spent 3 months on Sardinia, working at SKYHIGH.PL kiteschool and kitesurfing whenever I found time. It turned out that it's true what everyone has been saying about this place – it was sunny, warm and windy most of the time.
Sardinia is very picturesque. It has a bit of everything – fields, hills, mountains... even salt lakes! Days there are clear and bright and sunsets amazing. It's a perfect island for people who want to spend time surrounded by beautiful nature. If you're the kind of person who would go hiking, bicycling or running whenever you're not kiting, this is definitely a place for you!
I stayed mostly in Porto Botte, which is at the south-east part of the island, but there are many other kitespots around. Some of them include Porto Pollo, Poetto Beach, Badesi, La Maddalena and Punta Trettu. When you arrive in Sardinia, renting a car is definitely a good idea, because it gives you freedom to move from place to place. Depending on the forecast, you can choose from a variety of kitespots both at the north and south of the island. Sardinia is huge! There are more than enough spots for both flat water and wave riding lovers. All you have to do is wake up, check the wind conditions and just drive to the best place for the day.
I went to Sardinia with two kites in my bag, 7m and 10m Cabrinha FX, and it was definitely enough! The wind conditions there are pretty steady, with Mistral usually blowing between 18 and 28 knots. I don't really like riding kites smaller than 7m, so if the wind was really pumping, instead of borrowing a smaller kite I just always went for a big air session. Flying high in the air can be so much fun!
Porto Botte is a very cool place to stay if you're looking for something a bit more quiet. The kitespots there are quite big and not as crowded as the ones up north. And the best part of Porto Botte is definitely the game reserve righ next to the kitespot. The old salt lakes are home to countless flocks of flamingos. It's truly amazing to see those pink birds fly over your head as you set up your gear. I've never seen so many of them in one place before!
To sum it all up, Sardinia is an island every kitesurfer should see at least once. Besides having beautiful landscape, great food and friendly people, it's perfect for all kinds of watersports – windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing... So if you're still wondering about your next summer destination, think no longer – Sardinia is the place to go!