The ultimate guide to kitesurf in Lo Stagnone
In Sicily, kitesurfing also has its followers and many. Large kites fly through the skies of Sicily like-colored fans, especially the western coast of the island between Trapani and Marsala. It has become one of the most sought after places thanks to its powerful winds.
The immense lagoon Dello Stagnone combines where air currents run, allowing for more than 300 days a year to guarantee winds suitable for kitesurfing. Also, the proximity to Africa makes it a place with warm temperatures that encourage you to enjoy fashionable sports around the world.
Kitesurfing conditions in Lo Stagnone, Sicily
A shallow lagoon with flat water combined with a long, warm, and reliable wind season sounds like the ideal kite trip destination for many. Sunset, wine, and soft vibrations make it a worthy kite destination. That’s the Lo Stagnone waiting for you.
Wind and weather
The season runs from March to the end of October. You can also find wind outside these months, but it will be less reliable with more rain and colder water.
Having this reliable wind combined with a massive flatwater lagoon is rare in Europe.
The weather system at Lo Stagnone is unique due to a combination of the prevailing wind, thermal wind, and venturi effect.
The most common wind direction is North, served by the Mistral. Sometimes it is the Scirocco of the South. Both work well in the lagoon, although when the wind is coming ashore, it can be a bit windy on the nearest shore, so be careful when getting in and out of the water. In addition to this, the lagoon warms up on sunny days and creates a sea breeze that adds some knots that are not visible in the forecasts. When this happens almost daily during the season, expect an extra 3-5 knots to arrive around noon and stay until late afternoon or even sunset.
The wind comes sometime after lunch, as usual. An interesting phenomenon is that some days it may be too hot for the thermal to work. Sicily can be very hot in July and August, and if the temperature difference is too small between sea and land, the temperature may not occur.
In general, the wind is relatively light during the summer season. There are exceptions, of course, but knots 12-20 seem to be the norm. That doesn’t appeal to everyone, but this light wind and shallow Lo Stagnone is the perfect match for both beginners and freestylers.
The Stagnone kite spot guide
You have a flat and shallow water. The bottom is mud or mostly seagrass, and it is good to walk. Wear booties just in case you are learning and walk a lot as you could step on something. This type of seagrass is also not a big problem for your kite lines. They stick to them but are easy to shake.
Where to launch
With a lagoon this size, you would think that you can launch from a hundred different spots. No. Access to the lagoon is quite limited, and kite schools occupy almost all possible launch areas. All kite schools join around Birgi Vecchi. The landing and launching area is a little small, and many centers practice assisted launch from the water. There is a beach from which some schools operate north of the lagoon.
If you want more launch area, you can join a center at the north end of the lagoon.
Where to stay in Lo Stagnone
The lagoon is just between Marsala in the south and Trapani in the North. They are great cities to visit but would require a daily 30-minute trip to the spot. Instead, all kitesurfers stay in flats or shared accommodation in the small communities around the kite centers. Some apartments and resorts are even right on the spot. RV parking is also available.
You can also stay closer to the town center for quick access to cafes, pharmacies, ATMs, and supermarkets. In general, the distances are short with a car, but compared to many other kite spots, it is a bit too long and quiet to get a high score in post-kite activities.
Other activities to do in Sicily a part of Kitesurfing
* On windless days, you can choose to SUP in the lagoon, relax with a book in its center, or hop in a car and go to some of the local tourist attractions.
* Wine tasting in the region.
* Night appointment in the picturesque town of Castellammare del Golfo
* Coastal hike in the Zingaro National Reserve
* Sundays at sunset parties at the bar by the lagoon
* Landscape of mountains and sea in the Zingaro nature reserve.
* Head to Trapani when you want some nightlife. It’s about 30 min drive.
* Tequila is poured into a plastic cup.
* It felt like a good idea at the time …
Easy to get to, cheap, a lot of sun, and great food. The Stagnone meets many requirements, and I haven’t even mentioned the constant wind and flat water.
Probably the best spot in Europe in terms of Kitesurfing. Not for wave lovers, but if you like to progress in your career as a beginner or freestyle, this is the time.