25 Aug 2014

More kitesurf spots in Skåne, Sweden

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Aftersurf at Falsterbo

Aftersurf at Falsterbo

Feelgood camp is the annual get-together my friends and I arrange to hang out, catch up and kite surf in the South of Sweden. I’ve already written about the array of spots that this part of Sweden offers but this year saw an addition of a few new spots thanks to a very consistent week of Easterly wind.

Most spots around Malmö work best on Westerly or Southerly winds which are also common wind directions here, but this week in July gave us wind almost every day, although coming from East / North-East. Not a problem though as here are the spots that work on those directions:

Falsterbo

Mentioned in my old post, but here is a better write-up. No seaweed in sight this time, and given its East-facing arch shaped beach this became our go-to spot for the week. A truly beautiful spot with just enough beach strip for rigging and even self-launching if you need to. It gets deep just a few meters out but the chop is bearable and even enjoyable. The beach is accessed through a parking that is free most of the time but on weekends and sunny days you’ll find guards at the entrance asking for around €2 for the day. It’s also a popular beach amongst normal beach-goers so you have to look out for people on launching and landing but otherwise not a problem.

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Klagshamn

This spot is a new favourite of mine. It’s originally a windsurf spot belonging to a local windsurf club but it has  evolved to a joint spot where the windsurfers stick to the area in front of the club house and parking and the kite surfers have taken to an area a bit farther away with a big grass lawn for rigging. Conveniently the water next to the rigging area caters better to kite boarders as the water is more shallow here. There are stones in the water but they are marked with sticks and tend to come in groups with still plenty of open space between the clusters. The water here is super flat on a cross off-shore wind and perfect for practising freestyle tricks. The area is also scenic and the grass keeps your kite free from sand.

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Borrby

Last spot to add to the list of Skåne kite beaches is Borrby, located on the East coast between Ystad and Simrishamn. It’s know for its waves which are considerably big for being the Baltic sea. For me, being used to the beaches on the English West and South coast it was normal conditions. Not my favourite style, but I saw a lot of riders with directional boards enjoying the waves. Still good fun to use the waves as kickers and aim for the biggest air of the day.

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Overall Feelgood camp 2014 did not disappoint in any aspect giving us sun, beach BBQs, sunset riding, wind almost every day and good memories until next time.

It wouldn't be Feelgood Camp without some troll-dance. Preferably in a venue announced as rooftop party that looks more like a prison courtyard.

It wouldn’t be Feelgood Camp without some troll-dance. Preferably in a venue announced as rooftop party that looks more like a prison courtyard.

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28 Jul 2013

Skåne, Sweden kitesurf trip – kite spots around Malmö

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Skåne

 

Dates: July 11 – 14 2013 (spot 2 & 4 showing older photos)

This was my fourth time kitesurfing in Skåne and I just have to throw it out there – this place never disappoints! Disclaimer in order though: I do have friends here and it’s where I first started out with the sport. But nostalgic and personal reasons aside, this region in the most southern part of Sweden is still a huge playground for kitesurfers any level. You have beaches for any wind direction, everything is within 30 min drive from central Malmö and most spots are big enough to host locals and tourists, beginners and pros without any problem. For Sweden in general goes that there is no noticeable tide and summer time the sun stays up until very late. Oh and did I mention it’s beautiful too!?

Now, obviously there has to be a few cons too. We have to rely on weather gods and sea breeze so no wind guaranteed. It’s mainly big kites that rule here with winds around 10 to 20 knots. In the winter it gets cold. Very cold even with ice on the water, and most notable for overseas visitors – Sweden is expensive when it comes to most things so unless you go camping and fishing (which is perfectly doable thanks to the Right of Public Access) be prepared to spend some moolah.

I’m sure there are more spots known to the locals but here’s the breakdown of the spots I visited this summer and back in 2011.

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Edit: Don’t miss the review of 3 additional spots I visited in 2014. 

1. Skanör

My personal favourite. Skanör is pure feel-good on a sunny day. The scenic beach, the smell of sea and meadows, the fine, warm sand… man, coming here makes you feel free. Add to that soft swell and flat water close to the shore and this could be your ideal spot.

Skanör

A short walk from the parking lot takes you to the beach.
16 - 20 knots and the beach pretty much to ourselves.
Plenty of rigging area.
Skanör, north of the marina.
Nice eh? Unfortunately I think kiteboarding is prohibited but you'll find a similar pond in Lomma.
Drying up on grass. So much nicer!

2. Falsterbo

A few minutes drive from Skanör we find this vast S-SE facing beach. Equally scenic but maybe with a bit more chop and seaweed lurking near the beach that will attach to you lines and make relaunching very hard if you drop the kite close to the beach.

The boys checking out Falsterbo back in autumn 2009.Falsterbo. No bathers here in the autumn!

3. Höllviken

Now this is not the most beautiful spot but if you came to practise your freestyle moves rather than sight seeing this is your spot. Right next to the road is a parking lot and a tiny beach for a launch/land area so things can get quite busy close to the shore, but once you’re out you have a huge area of waist high flat water. The only obstacle is a pipe line exiting into the water, and close to land it’s right under the surface. Memorise where it is and avoid it.

Höllviken left side (somewhere here is the lurking pipeline)Höllviken right side

4. Ribban (Ribersborgsstranden)

I haven’t tried this spot myself but it’s definitely worth mentioning. It’s a fairly small area and if you crash you risk drifting into the open-air swimming building that attaches to land via a jetty. The cool thing about Ribban is that it’s in Malmö city so just hop on your longboard, cruise down to the beach and entertain the crowd with your stylish moves.

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5. Habo Ljung / Lomma

The main beach for Skåne’s kite surfers. This spot is on a camping site where the locals are keeping a good relationship with the owner and thus can use the beach. It’s a great spot for all levels and the base camp for at least one school. Habo Ljung offers knee to waist high flat water and a bit of surf farther out. There’s also a pond big enough to kite in with butter flat water.

Short walk down to the beach.Always someone here to launch you. The grass area comes in handy when drying and packing down your gear. The schools usually hang out left of the jetty.

6. JP

Again, a very scenic spot. Well hidden you will find this beach after exiting E20, parking your car next to a meadow and walking across it down to the spot. There you will have huge grass areas for launching and landing and more flat water than you begged for. Far out the water gets a little bit deeper but for most part you will cruise around in ankle to knee high water. Perfect for beginners, soul-cruising and a bit of fun jumping, but avoid the mega loops.

No car access to the beach so got to walk the final 500 meters. Say hello to the horses on the way.
Facing right...Facing left.Sporting a shorty is well ok in July/August.Idyllic spot of JP.Sunset at JP.

7. Lundåkra (Landskrona)

Not too far away from JP and right next to Landskrona is Lundåkra. Similar conditions as JP but not as bone-breakingly shallow this spot is perfect for all things freestyle. On the negative side the launch area is limited to a fairly small area surrounded by trees and bushes. Not a huge issue for experienced riders but it can get busy, and contrary if you’re alone self launching is tricky.

When you’re done kiting for the day, ease in to the evening activities with wine and BBQ. Malmö, being Sweden’s 3rd largest city, has a good night club scene and offers more restaurants and watering holes than you can ask for.

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