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Unregistered
7th June 2010, 06:57 PM
Hello,

Planning a holiday on the lake in August. Hoping to camp with the family in one of the sites right on the waterfront. Which is the best place for windsurfing in Garda? I seem to remember Malcesine fondly ...

Thanks!

BelSkorpio
7th June 2010, 11:16 PM
If you want to camp, 2 places: Torbole & Malcesine.
Malcesine is better with Vento (Northern wind, very early in the morning).
Torbole is better with Ora (Southern wind, in the afternoon).

THE BEST place of the entire lake for both Vento & Ora is just below Riva on the west coast.
Hotel Pier and the hotel just below it (I forgot the name) always have several knots more of wind. And they know about it. You can only access the water via the hotels. That means you have to stay in the hotel, because they don't allow trespassing. Parking your car over there is IMPOSSIBLE.

Another good spot, more southly on the west coast is Campione for both Ora & Vento. Payed parking is possible. It's the only place where you'll also find Kite surfers.

Hope this helps.

Expander
10th June 2010, 01:45 PM
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Hi All,

correct name for northern wind is PELER, not Vento.

Please, check this link

http://www.pradelafam.net/body/spot.shtml

for a clickable map and guide to Garda Lake best spots.

All the best.

Unregistered - Nico
14th June 2010, 10:42 PM
Hi from Nico, Venice, Italy
There are mainly two winds in the famous north part of Lake Garda.
The Peler that blows from north since the early morning until not more than 9-10 a.m. The best place to go out is Malcesine on east side, it's a town in Veneto near the boarder of Trentino, little more south than Riva and Torbole.
And then the Ora, the wind from the south, starting about at noon, 1 p.m., usually unfortunately lighter in august when it's too hot. Best place is Torbole and especailly Conca d'Oro, 2 km south from Torbole town, or some spot on the rocky west coast. Beside Segnana surf center there is a parking ground, you can rig on grass and there's wi-fi free on all area.
If you book on Hotel Pier center you can go from bed to windsurf directly.

Expander
15th June 2010, 05:40 PM
Hi from Nico, Venice, Italy
There are mainly two winds in the famous north part of Lake Garda....

Hi Nico,

where do you windsurf in Venice?

Unregistered
16th June 2010, 05:25 PM
Hehehe out of topic, but..
Not so much wind here in northeast of Italy.
Anyway it depends, at home in Venice downtown I use to take my parent's (traditional) boat, go out on northern side of Venice up to the north side of Murano island, anchor the boat, rig in shallow water and then freeride there.
In the rest of the world (Garda Lake, S. Croce Lake, Sottomarina, trips to sardinia, Tuscany, Danmark last summer) I go as usual for everyone with my car, but as you know in Venice there are no car so I keep mine in the outskirts, Mestre, fully loaded from april to the end of october (the I switch to snowboard). Yes I got two quivers, one (the older) for my home and one for the rest of the world. This is living in Venice.
Nico

Expander
16th June 2010, 07:04 PM
Hi Nico,

I hope you are not associated with AWIV.

... by the way: "che brutta xente..." :D

Unregistered
16th June 2010, 07:51 PM
Hi Nico,

I hope you are not associated with AWIV.

... by the way: "che brutta xente..." :D

ThEse lazy italians.
If you mean Iron beach club, no, for me is easier going out from Venice when at home, or instead S. Croce Lake or (trying to learn wave...) in Sottomarina when at work outside Venice.
Iron beach in front of chemical factories is not the kind of spot that I like...
(no, varda andar fora davanti ale cisterne e fin al ponte de la Libertà proprio no me fa voia, mejo partir da le barene in mezo ai aironi e planar verso l'aeroporto o Buran) (venetian slang sorry)

Expander
16th June 2010, 08:22 PM
...(no, varda andar fora davanti ale cisterne e fin al ponte de la libertà proprio no me fa voia, mejo partir da le barene in mezo ai aironi e planar verso l'aeroporto o buran) (venetian slang sorry)

:D:D:D:D:D:D

...ti capisco, in laguna meglio muoversi in barca... dove esci al Croce?

Unregistered Nico
16th June 2010, 08:45 PM
Sempre e solo a Poiatte, giorni feriali. Tutte vele Hot Sails Maui (a parte una yes 8)
For S. Croce Lake my spot is Poiatte, now it's very nice with a lot of parking, bar, pier to go down in the water, small and nice rental and school windsurf center.
(fasemo capir anca i americani cussì)

reccakeys
17th June 2010, 01:57 PM
Hi guys,
yes, I am planning a holiday on the lake this august. BUT:( I have lots of things to do. I cannot leave my work. Just share your experience here so that I can refresh my mind with just reading your experience. Huh!! what a life. hope I can be there even though it is impossible.

Gud luck guys!! and my the way, ENjOY!;)

agrelon
18th June 2010, 10:45 AM
Thanks for the info, I go there sometimes over the summer. I saw SB have a rental place on garda somewhere, I'll try to go there.

Unregistered - Nico
18th June 2010, 02:34 PM
As I know the first Starboard center from north is http://www.europasurfandsail.com/ in Malcesine, that mean good for strong north winds in early morning, not so good for the afternoon Ora from south. With Ora the more south you go from Torbole, the lighter the wind become.
Northern part of Garda lake can be crowdy (I mean in the water) with sometime 500 windsurfs planning togheter in the two directions (so crossings...), but imho remains one of the most breathtaking places of the world for our sport (Think at flying straight in the direction o a 300-400 meters wall of rock, Ponale, sorrounded by mountains, in spring also with snow cap...).
Please consider anyway that Ora and Peler are thermal winds, so bad wheater and other factors can block the wind. Anyway you're in a spot full of alternatives in sport but also for visiting historical monuments and enjoying ....italian restaurants (try Teroldego red wine and "strozzapreti" pasta - in italian sounds like "priests-suffocating"...)
Hope can help