Destination

Belgium

Belgium, Europe

It gets Very Strong winds Left forward From $50/day
Updated:30 June 2020 Verified by Big Air Kite

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Destination Summary

Belgium

Belgium has much to offer. Besides the good beers, chocolate, fries, culture, parties, ... the kiting is pretty good for the only 60km of coast. It sits between the Netherlands (everyone knows lots of Dutch big air riders) and France (with closest known spot: Wissant). The coast line is straight, which has its advantage you can easily make downwinders. Additionally there is a tramline running along the entire coast, which makes public transport for the downwinders super easy. The downside are the limited directions of wind to kite: from SW to NE is kiteable. But when it’s off shore in Belgium it’s not much more then an hour (or 2 depending from where) drive to France (Wissant/Wimereux) or the Netherlands (Brouwersdam, Maasvlakte,..).

Kiting can be done all year long (deep winter can be too cold, but lately it’s rare that it still gets that cold). In Winter you need a thick wetsuit (5 or 6mm), gloves, boots,... In Summer a 3/2mm is perfect.
Strongest winds are usually in Autumn, Winter and Spring. The wind can really be a bit of everything (foiling weather to 35kn). Weekly big air sessions are definitely possible, with periods of entire weeks of wind 20+ knots. Now and then there are also some storms peaking at 45/50 knots. Looking at temperature and wind best months are: Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec and Mar/Apr/May/Jun. However in Jan and Feb you could have the biggest storms of the year.
In summer there is usually less (big air) wind. You’ll more need a bigger kite (12m) or go for foiling. Although 9 or 10m weather is definitely possible and usually we get a couple of storms passing by giving some nice 25-35 knots.
If there’s no wind you can chill at the beach, go for a sup, wake, kayak, ..., go visit inland cultural cities (Brugge, Gent, Brussel,...) or go to cities that has it all: culture, food, parties all night long (Gent, Brussel, Antwerpen, ...).

Kite Info

Kite shop

Has a Kite Shop

Kite spots

Oostende; Zeebrugge; Windekind

Best months

january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, october, november, december

Dominant boosting direction

Left forward

Wind Strength, Consistency, Wind Quality, Density

It gets Very Strong (Up to 40 knots) It's windy Every week Gusty and holey Cold wind

Water temp

Cold (You need a wetsuit)

Water conditions

Choppy, Waves

Local riders

Thomas Delclerck; Ian Sleuyter; Axel Tack; myself (Oostende) Thomas De Wispelaere; Sooi Nevejans; Nicolas Bossu (Zeebrugge) Dimitri Maddens (Windekind)

Crowd factor

Some waters users around

Woo Record

29 by Nicolas Bossu

Travel and life info

How easy is it to get there?

Easy to visit (< 2 hours from airport)

How do you get there?

Fly to Brussels or Charleroi. Then rent a car or take public transport. From Brussels take the train to Oostende. From Charleroi take a bus or train to Brussels first.

Daily cost

Expensive ($50-120 /day)

Party Destination

Yes

Do you need a car?

No

Family friendly?

Yes

Other fun and activities

Sup
surf
beach
... . Inland: kayak
bike
mountainbike
culture
party
...

How easy is it to find cuddle company?

Heaven

Internet Connectivity

Good (video calls and streaming)

Development

High development (many accommodations; hotels; health services and shops)

Thanks to Adriano Bono for submiting the destination

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