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Lake Como Kite Spots

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LAKE COMO WEATHER FORECASTS

The reliability of Lake Como winds has made the Lake a popular place for wind sport enthusiasts. A lot of people will use Windguru and Windfinder to check conditions before their trips. These websites are great at predicting the wind in the vast majority of places, but they simply don’t work for Como! The reason for this? They model their forecasts on larger-scale pressure systems and don’t pick up the smaller-scale thermal regimes or (importantly) the influence of the local topography in accelerating the wind at the north end of the lake (known as the ‘venturi’ effect).

We use a combination of a few local weather forecasts to predict the wind on the lake. Il Meteo & Meteocentrale both predict the direction of wind quite well (although they also don’t pick up the venturi acceleration so understate the wind strength). For a more general picture of the weather, we use the NZZ forecast for the south of Switzerland, and the MeteoSwiss app.

If you want to find out the latest conditions, just give us a call!

Check out our other kiting locations here:

Local Como Winds

Lake Como is ideal for kitesurfing because of the huge area available for kiting, and the consistent thermal winds that provide great conditions from April – October. The Lake experiences four major winds that all have some influence on conditions:

  • Breva

    Coming from the South when the Tivano (below) weakens. It’s the main wind on Lake Como, especially in the North. The wind typically blows from about 10am to sunset, and accelerated by the funelling effect (“venturi”) of the mountains in the North. This is the predominant wind regime in summer.

  • Tivano

    Blows the whole year from 6-10am out of NE and originates in the “Veltlin” or the “Chiavenna Valley”. For advanced kiters, this wind can be good for early morning sessions in Val Madrera, Cremia, or Dervio. See the Como Spot Guide for more info. The north wind especially appears when there are bad weather conditions in the north towards St Moritz in Switzerland.

  • Ventone

    A northerly wind that often blows after a thunderstorm in the mountains with gusts up to 40-60km/h. Not recommended for kiting, other than in the southern part of the lake if it is stable.

  • Menaggino

    Arriving from the South with strong gusts, mainly after thunderstorms in summer.

At 414 Kiting all of our lessons are run from boats (usually launching from south of Cremia and working back towards Gera Lario). This allows us to take advantage of the Southern ‘Breva’ wind, giving pupils as much space as possible to practice. For more advanced kitesurfers there are numerous possibilities to set up & launch from land and ride the super-smooth Breva wind – check out our spot guide above for more information on where to go.

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