Nova Scotia Kitesurfing Information
If you're visiting in the summertime and the wind is blowing S/SW, your best chance of meeting other local kiters is by going to Stoney Beach in East Lawrencetown. This is the most commonly kited location around Halifax.
Nova Scotia is among the most complex kitesurfing zones in the world. I say this for a few reasons:
The province has a coastline of 7,600 km.
We have literally dozens of beaches that can work on given wind direction.
We routinely get wind from directions.
We get wind all year round.
We have over 3,500 coastal islands to add to the mix.
Our Atlantic Ocean tides are significant.
So far, I’ve kited close to 120 different spots in Nova Scotia. My “to-do” list remains at way over 50. I’ve kited in over 40 countries and I’ve yet to see anywhere else with the variety that you can find in this province.
The vast majority of our wind comes from storms or fronts (low pressure systems). By their nature, fronts are dynamic and constantly changing. For example, as a typical front approaches NS, the wind is often (not always) from the east and accompanied with precipitations and grey skies. Barometric pressure is usually dropping at this point. Fog often forms at this point (but not always). This is an example of a local complexity. The fog can often dampen the wind and ruin your session (but it doesn’t always kill the wind). Depending upon the track of the front and its outer bands of wind, the wind direction will change as the front moves through the area. At this point, it is not uncommon for the wind direction to change as much as 180 degrees in an hour or two. As the low passes, higher barometric pressure starts to build into the area and the wind predominantly goes northwest. Almost always, the clouds clear and reveal a beautiful, windy day. Try forecasting that…
So, you can have a look at some of the following resources to get an idea of what the wind is “supposed” to do. At the end of the day, you won’t know if you don’t go…
These are active links below:
One of the local kiters, has taken some great initiative to compile a list of the better-known kite spots around Atlantic Canada, and specifically in Nova Scotia.
Here are some links that could get your imagination working:
Hope that helps. Above and beyond this information, you’re on your own.
- Mark Moore