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Fall season Winds and Destinations

Prevailing and seasonal winds in the fall

Trade Winds: Also called Easterlies, blow from Northeast (in the northern hemisphere) and Southeast (in the southern hemisphere) to the West along the Equator.  They are permanent and prevailing winds caused by temperature and pressure differences, together with the Coriolis effect (Earth turning towards the East). These Winds strengthen during the winter, starting in the Fall season already. 

Trade Winds have been used by sailors to cross the Atlantic, since the Age of Sail (mid-15th to 19th Century) when the merchant sailing ships were crossing the ocean waters. Northeasterly winds start in the shores of the North African continent and blow towards the Caribbean. For that reason, most of the expeditions such as the one undertaken by Christopher Columbus initiated in the Canary Islands. 

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Winds in the Mediterranean Sea: The dominant wind of the Egean Sea is the Meltemi which blows in the summer from the Northeast in the Cyclades, and bending Northwest towards the Dodecanese Islands. It is a seasonal wind caused by the encounter of the high and low pressures in the western and oriental Mediterranean Seas respectively. Although it looses force around September, it keeps a base for some interesting accelerations at local levels.  

Thermal winds typical to the summers in Italy keep blowing until October. They can be either Maestrale (NW) or Libeccio (SE). From November on the system changes to winds caused by climatic perturbations, and the directions remain Maestrale and Scirocco.

Winds in East Asia: Monsoon winds blow in the winter mainly from NE in the East Asian Coast. These seasonal winds hit the Japanese Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Starting after the typhoon period, from October to April, between 10 and 30 knots. 


fall season destinations

Brazil Nordeste: Southeasterly Winds blow from Southern Africa to the Northeast of Brazil. Thus the whole coast of Brazil from Sao Miguel do Gostoso to Barra Grande (around 300km) is blessed with constant winds coupled with thermal effects during the period from mid- October to end of December. 

Canary Islands: Starting point of the Northeasterly Winds, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife are famous for their year round warm and windy climate. These islands also benefit from nice waves generated in the Atlantic Ocean, providing for good surfing conditions as well.

Greece: Although the Meltemi slows down around mid-September, the southern island of Rhodes still gets good intensity until the end of October. Rhodes also benefits from the west winds coming from the Mediterranean.

Italy’s main Islands: Thermal winds typical to the summers in Sicily and Sardegna keep blowing until October. Temperatures are still comfortable and beaches are less crowded, also free to use by Kitesurfers.

Japan: The windy season in the southern islands of the Ryukyu archipelago including Miyakojima and Ishigakijima starts in October and goes through the winter, to April. Minimum temperatures are still above 20 degrees C until November, and from April. In the winter months they can drop to around 17C and the highs to 22C. Water temperatures never go below 23 C. Shorties are normally enough. 

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In particular for these destinations, we propose specific spots where we have partnerships with local operators with whom we built personal knowledge and relationships while working on site during the seasons spent there. Click on the names for respective web pages, and the button below for an overview of our destinations: 

Brazil : Sao Miguel do Gostoso (Rio Grande do Norte) and Jericoacoara (Cearà)

Canary Islands : El Médano (Tenerife)

Greece : Theologos (Rhodes)

Italy : Lo Stagnone (Sicily) and Punta Trettu (Sardegna)

Japan : Miyakojima (Okinawa)


We look forward to hearing from you, with questions, comments or requests about the sports, experiences, and details about the destinations before departing for your journey. Please feel free to simply connect with us through our Facebook or Instagram pages. 

Thank you, and let’s get ready for your next experiential trip!

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