Conditions at Preá
The table below represents the percentage of kitable days for each month. A day is considered kitable when the wind blows for more than 3 hours above 16 knots. You will easily deduce that if you come between August and December, your chances of kiting every single day are close to 100%. The month of July is considered first month of the season (with 70% kitable days), and January is considered the last month of the season (with about 55%).
Find out why Preá has such amazing wind conditions in our “Guaranteed wind” section
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The wind on Preá beach is side onshore, which is the safest direction possible.
Because issues can happen while on the water (loosing your board or crashing your kite, and not being able to relaunch), making sure the wind will bring you back to the beach -rather than out into the Ocean- is key!
That is why side onshore winds are important for a safe kite spot. Luckily, Preá benefits from constant side-on-shore winds from 10 am to 6 pm, July through January, every year!
Side onshore winds also great because they enable us to do 10 km to 30 km downwinders along the coast!
Additionally, white sand, tropical temperatures and no obstacles or rocks on the beach make it safe for both beginners and advanced kiters to improve without fear of hurting themselves.
As we all know the Moon affects large bodies of water and it’s rotation around the Earth constantly changes the level of the Oceans, resulting in what we call tides.
As a general rule for Preá, when the tide is rising, the waves are stronger (they have more push) and they are also bigger (up to 2 meters). When the tide is low or going out, the waves tend to be smaller.
When the tide is low, and during the 30 minute period that it is high, the water is flat.
Between the highest and lowest tide, the water is generally choppy due to the wind swell.
The Moon phase also has a great influence on the water conditions (besides the daily dance of the tides). The closer we get to New Moon and Full Moon the flatter the water is when the tide is out, and the larger the waves are when the tide is high. Therefor, the biggest waves -and flattest water- of the month will usually start 4 days prior to Full Moon and New Moon and last until 2 days afterwards.
The water condition varies greatly along the beach, if you go 5 km upwind from Vila Preá -closer to Barrinha- the water is generally super flat (because of the long sandy slope out into the Ocean).
On the other hand, if you go to the end of Preá beach (closer to Jeri), the waves are much bigger because the depth and pressure increases greatly as you get closer to the Serrote mountain.
Preá has a semi diurnal tide which means there are 2 cycles of high and low tide per day. The tide amplitude varies very little from one tide to the other.
You can see more information regarding the current tide tendency and the 2012 table predictions on the tabs above.
2012 Tides tables with high & low tide predictions for Preá & Jericoacoara, as well as the moon phases.