La Ventana Live Wind & Forecast
Wind: During the winters in Baja you can count on experiencing “El Norte”, a very strong wind that comes hundreds of miles down the Baja coast. Get ready for it, the wind can blow 25+ for days on end. Even when there is no El Norte present, La Ventana is blessed with a very predictable thermal wind. The large flat plain that extends at the end of the bay heats up each day and draws the cooler air off of the Sea of Cortez. The thermal winds are further increased by a venturi created as the wind squeezes between Isla Cerravlo and the mainland. On these days you can count on a light start with winds building to upper teens to low 20’s by the afternoon. Thermal winds are very steady and great for kiteboarding!
Water: Clear blue-green and warm! Since the big island off shore called Isla Cerralvo protects Ventana Bay from the huge swells on the outside, there is very little if any shorebreak which makes for very safe and easy launching and landing. Mostly flat water with some chop and small swell on the windier days.
Wildlife: There are many sea creatures swimming about and all are quite friendly. While kiteboarding you might see dolphins, flying fish, sea turtles, sea lions, fish of all kinds, manta rays and maybe even a whale!
Wear: Most people just wear a shortie wetsuit or a 2-3ml long suit with short sleeves. It’s always a good idea to have a bit of protection. If you go for just shorts, don’t forget to wear a rash guard to block the sun. Booties are a good idea, but not absolutely necessary.
Beach: You’ll be delighted to find a white sand beach that slides gracefully into the waters of the Sea of Cortez. The launching and landing is very easy and safe. However, always be aware of sharp items in the sand like a dried up pufferfish or a bit of cactus (this is why booties are a good idea). There are only a few small underwater rocky outcroppings that you will want to stay away. It’s easy to keep off of the rocks if you pay attention and plan ahead!
Downwind: Just beautiful white sand! Oh and of course your friendly New Wind instructor with his trusty 4 wheeler ready to catch your kite and drive you back upwind.