Punta Trettu Kite Spot

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In the southwestern part of Sardinia, Punta Trettu is the ideal spot for kitesurfing. The kite spot is located in the municipality of San Giovanni Suergiu, near the town of Matzaccara, right across the island of Sant’Antioco. The Spot of Punta Trettu is highly regarded throughout Europe and is certainly one of the best spots for kitesurfing in Sardinia, Italy and maybe Europe. According to many professional kiters: “It is definitely as good as the Brazilian lagoons, for steady winds and flat water!”

The kite spot of Punta Trettu is in fact much appreciated for the conditions of flat crystalline water and shallow sandy seabeds both of which make it an ideal spot not only for kitesurfing in general but especially for practicing more technical freestyle tricks. The large riding space can accommodate many kiters in complete safety and has two separate areas: one for teaching and one for riding. Our beach staff will give you all the necessary information to make the best out of your kiting session. Also, the configuration of the spot guarantees safety in all kinds of wind conditions and directions. As a matter of fact, the shallow sandy strip that stretches the beach out to the water has always been considered as a safety zone, a “shore to rely on” whatever the wind direction may be. In case of any problems you may experience during your kiting session or if you are still learning how to ride upwind, this shallow strip of sand allows you to walk safely back to shore.

In the period that goes from April to October the air temperature is between 18 and 35 degrees Celsius and the water temperature is generally between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius. Recommended wetsuit in Punta Trettu is: 5.4 mm from October until the beginning of May, 3.2 mm during the months of June and September and 2.5 mm during July and August.

THE WINDS

The wind blows steady throughout the year, it enters the bay increasing in intensity and it is always constant and never gusty, especially with the directions of Mistral (NW) and Sirocco (SE).

  • The Mistral (North-West) is the predominant wind in Sardinia, especially during spring and summer, and in Punta Trettu it blows strong and steady. Thanks to the thermal effect generated by the morphological configuration of the land and the pine forest behind the bay, the Mistral – in conditions of clear or partially cloudy sky – enters the bay between 5 and 10 knots stronger than what’s shown on the Windguru and Windfinder forecasts!
  • The Sirocco (South-East) is opposite in direction to the Mistral and it is channeled perfectly. It passes the strait of Sant’Antioco and enters the bay clean and steady. It also benefits from the thermal effect. The Sirocco is the prevailing wind in the months of September and October.
  • The Levante wind (East) enters the bay rather clean and Punta Trettu is perhaps the only spot on the south west coast that works well with the Levante and with all winds from the East!
  • The Ponente (West) and Libeccio (South West) also work fairly well from spring to autumn.
  • The Tramontana (North) enters cold and very strong during the winter (even over 50 knots).

SAFETY RULES

Punta Trettu has an authorized kite area supervised by our beach manager with free rescue service and assistance for all members of Kite Village Sardinia. The spot inside the bay is divided into two areas, identifiable by a strip of sand that separates them. One area is reserved for kitesurfing courses, the other area is used by those who practice kitesurfing independently. On land there is a specific area dedicated to launching and landing kites. Because of the presence of trees and other obstacles some areas are to be absolutely avoided for safety reasons.

Near the spot at a distance of 500 meters there is a historic navigation channel, which must not be crossed for any reason, as it is reserved for boats heading to or coming from the port of Sant’Antioco. The channel may be identified by some buoys and signal poles as well as by KVS signs on the beach. However we recommend all riders arriving for the first time in Punta Trettu to inquire at our reception about the authorized kiting areas and the services we offer.

In the beach area right in front of our Club, depending on the presence of swimmers some rules may need to be followed. Swimmers are usually not present on days with wind above 15 knots, however it is still good practice to set up, launch and land kites away from swimmers and beach umbrellas if present. It is also recommended if you want to ride in this area to keep away from shore (at least 200 meters by law) and from the small marina. This is to avoid putting other people’s safety at risk. Especially with Mistral wind which blows onshore, if a kite flies out of control or falls from the sky, people laying or walking on the beach may easily be hurt. Teaching and beginner practice are therefore strictly prohibited in this area! More experienced kiters who want to ride in this area, please pay particular attention to launching and landing as the wind is particularly unstable here.

From October 1st to February 28th the ridable kite area shrinks considerably as it is a period dedicated to a particular type of local fishing and therefore it is necessary to respect the fishing areas that are identified by the small flags and floating buoys placed on the fishing nets themselves. In the remaining months there might still be some fishing nets placed far from the dedicated kite areas but that need to be taken into account if you want to ride far from shore.

May also be interested in:

  • The review of the kite spot of Punta Trettu by Giacomo Barberi – Italian kitesurfing champion of freestyle – IKO instructor

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