La Grande Motte Autumn Gale – Kiteboarding

Today was a good day for kite-boarders. Unusual warm weather with gale force winds. Around noon the wind picked up and the beach began to fill. We showed 35kts peak winds in a protected corner of the port.

Horizontal rain did not stop the enthusiasm. Looking east, towards Sete I guessed a 100 kites flying in the sky. A fantastic, wild view. I didn’t make a wide-angle shot of the scene, since I didn’t dare to change the lens with sand and rain blowing across the beach.

Here are some more shots from the day. Some kite boarders jumped really high.

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Wind force

Name

mph

knots

Mean knots

Sea state

7

Near gale

32-38

28-33

30

Rough-Very rough

8

Gale

39-46

34-40

37

Very rough – High

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