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Winter season – winds and destinations

Prevailing and seasonal winds in the winter

Easterlies in the Atlantic Ocean: These trade winds blow from Northeast (in the northern hemisphere) and Southeast (in the southern hemisphere) to the West.  They are permanent and prevailing winds caused by temperature, pressure differences, and the Coriolis effect (Earth turning towards the East). These Winds strengthen during the winter. 

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. They landed in Isla Hispanola, now Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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Winds in East Africa: The Kaskazi is an ancient Swahili word for ‘northern wind’. It is a monsoon wind that blows N/NE from December to March. It hits the coasts of Kenya and Tanzania, Zanzibar in particular.   

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. 


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East Africa: The Kaskazi wind hits the coasts of Kenya, in spots like Diani beach and Watamu near Mombasa. It continues on to bless Zanzibar, in the spots of Paje and Jambiani

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.

North-East of Brazil: Southeasterly Winds blow from Southern Africa to the Northeast of Brazil. Sao Miguel do Gostoso and nearby spots have a long season that goes from November to March.

South-East Asia: 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. The season in Vietnam starts in mid-November and goes to mid-March. The most known spot of the country is Mui Ne, but new spots have been developing in the last years. And finally the Philippines also offer a wide variety of kitesurfing spots, the most famous being Boracay.

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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: 

Tanzania : Jambiani (Zanzibar)

Dominican RepublicCabarete (Puerto Plata)

Brazil : Sao Miguel do Gostoso (Rio Grande do Norte)

Canary Islands : El Médano (Tenerife)

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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