Kite spot info Lake Garda: Navene, Capo Reamol and Campione
Information about the spots, the water, the wind and the weather of Lake Garda.
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. It is located in Northern Italy, close to Verona, Milan and Trento. In the north it is surrounded by steep mountains. It is formed by a glacier during the last Ice age. The lake and its shoreline are divided between the provinces of Verona (to the southeast), Brescia (southwest), and Trentino (north). The main tributary is the Sarca River, which mounths in lake Garda at Torbole. This river brings the clean and cold water. A few days after big rain fall the temperature of the lake goes down because of the cold water brought to the lake by the Sarca. In the winter the lake is between 5 and 8 degrees. In the summer it reaches a nice 24 degrees!
April: shoes, gloves, hoody, 5 mm wetsuit. Mei, October: 5/3 wetsuit. June, September: 5/3 wetsuit in the morning. Shorty in the afternoon. July, August: shorty in the morning. Bikini and boardshort in the afternoon.
»The Ora (wind from the south):
The Ora is a thermal wind which develops at around noon or in the early afternonn when the sun heats up the mountain ranges to the North (the Alps) which causes the air to rise. Then colder air from the Po valley is sucked into the Garda lake valley and accelerated on its way thru the narrowing valley. The wind usually reaches around 4-5 Beaufort on the northern part of the lake near Torbole and Riva. The Ora dies usualyy dies down at around 6 PM. At our kitespots: Campione, Navene and Capo Reamal the wind is between 12 and 18 knots. We recommand a 12 meter kite.
» Peler (wind from the north)
During the night the rocky mountain ranges cool off and the warm air retreats to the Po valley in the south. A substantial difference in temperature between the cold mountains and the warm valley develops which results in a wind (Peler) which flows southward through the lake Garda valley. The Peler can reach up to 7 Beaufort. Most of the time it is around 20 knots. The wind looses in strength as the sun heats up the mountain peaks in the morning. So if you want to catch the Peler you have to get up early. At around 10 AM the Peler is usully gone and you’ll have to wait until noon before the Ora kicks in. We recommand a 9 meter kite.
Do not check Wind Guru or Wind Finder for wind Forcasts. They do not work: check www.3lab.it and our statistics.
In general you can say that the wind blows. Sometimes if you do not expect it, it blows good. Sometimes you expect it and it does not blow. Normally we have 2 times a day wind. Last year we only had 4 days with no kiteable wind at all!
We, Wind Riders take you to the best spot of the lake. In the morning the best spot of Lake Garda is Capo Reamol. The wind is stabiele and the water is relatieve flat. Just a little downwind of the hotel we also have a secret freestyle spot with flat water!
In the afternoon we take you to Navene: a 10 minute boat ride away or Campione a 15 minute boat ride away:
Campione is the place were you find the most kitesurfers. 8 different schools are teaching here and the club on the beach has 500 members. We usually do not go here because it is a bit far and it is more busy than the other spots.
But they organize the best events of the Lake. International competitions, fun events everything gets organized here. Check the Wind Riders calender for the events.