Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Kiteboarding Thailand : Hua Hin

Hua Hin is also our main test center in Thailand for Airush kites and boards. If you are interested in purchasing equipment, you can test it out before you buy it.
Hua Hin is a great place for all levels of kiteboarders. A 5 km long beach makes for great down winders, and it has the longest windy season in Thailand: from the start of November to the end of April.
The beach is relatively uncrowded and there is plenty of room to lay your kite down. In the summer months the beach opens up to around 100 meters in width during low tide. There is 30 or 40 km of coastline north and south of Hua Hin awaiting discovery.
The sea:
Chest deep at about 50m, sandy bottom.Hua Hin beach has choppy waves which get bigger as the wind increases, and a nice little shore break for shredding and boosting. Waves are smaller during the months of February to April. Some days in November to January can produce some big surf, great for the advanced kiter.
The shop:
Open: 1st November till June
KBA Hua Hin offers kite courses and lessons, equipment sales, access to equipment repair, Equipment storage, Wash down facilities, toilets and beach restaurant.
The Wind:
November to January- the northeasterly monsoons, wind ranging from 8-20 knots. Wind blows in cycles averaging 6-10 days at a time. Wind is generally strongest in the morning decreasing over the day. Wind direction is generally northerly in the morning swinging slowly around to the northeast over the day.
February to mid May - Afternoon sea breezes 12-20 knots, kicking in around 13:00, building until around 17:00 then decreasing as the sun goes down.
Mid May to October – the south westerly monsoons producing gusty offshore winds: the rainy season!
A theory that the wind is stronger over the full moon period has been thrown about by a number of people. My experience seems to suggest that the full moon can create stronger winds... but not always. A friend of mine called Roger also told me that in Hua Hin the wind always starts to blow on Fridays. So plan your trips to arrive a few days before a full moon and on a Friday if possible…!