Homepage
Events
Water sports events. Add yours!
Support Waterwind.it

Making Waterwind.it exciting every day,...

Absolute beginner
How to begin your windsurfing adventure
Equipment tests
Read our impressions about windsurfing gear
Are you windsurfing addicted? Collaborate with us!

Are you windsurfing addicted? Would you...

Advertise on Waterwind.it!

Waterwind.it is the website dedicated to...

Windsurf sessions reports
Our excting reports about windsurfing sessions and holidays
Shopping
Lots of suggestings to buy your equipment: shops, manufacturers, tests, and much more
Windsurf and watersports schools and rentals
A useful collection of school and rental centers world wide
Waveriding

Waveriding is the windsurfing discipline...

Waterwind: Share your windsurfing passion!

If you love windsurfing, you've...

Water sports shops
A collection of water sports shops world wide
Gadgets
Our cool gadgets to make you feel a real windsurfer
Waterwind Windsurf Market
The best place to buy and sell your windsurf equipment!
Weather
The rich section dedicated to weather infos
Windsurf: freestyle maneuvers catalog

...

Theory and technique
Lots of useful articles about maneuvers and self made works
Spots reviews
Lots of windsurf spots reviewed for you
The sailing corner
Sailing journeys, dinghies sessions, and some tips

Subscribe to our newsletter!

Don't miss our news: subscribe to our newsletter!
I agree with the Privacy policy

Yesterday, 31st of march 2015, we have been to the mythical spot of Hotel Pier at Riva del Garda. We had an exceptional day, partially predicted, with Ora wind (the typical thermal Garda lake wind) that, at its best during the session, was to handle with a 4,2 full power......

 

Windsurf session: Pier, Riva del Garda (Italy)

We meant to try the double at Garda lake, in other words, to have an early morning session with Peler (thermal wind of the morning), and an afternoon session with the Ora (thermal wind of the afternoon). Studying weather forecasts, we had some doubts for the Peler, while we were sure that we would have a very good Ora. Infact, wind maps showed west winds in the plains at South of the lake during the day, that easily would have come up through the lake enhancing the thermal wind. Morevore, sky at North of the lake would have remained clear, ensuring sunny and warm weather in the valleys there, also good for thermal wind genesis.

Advertisewithus

 

Wake up at 6, and quick consultation with Michele. In Torbole, North wind is weak. Probably, as supposed, we will not have Peler. But, already, we are awake, and we decide to go anyway. Pra de la fam (another mythical Garda spot), where we would have session with Peler, it's on the way to the Pier.

We are at the Pra de la Fam just before 9. As expected, there is only a light wind from the North, which, indeed, before we leave, around 9:30, already turns into a light South. Great sign for Ora wind!

We arrive at Pier, at about 10:00, and it is love at first sight ..... The spot is now surrounded by a lovely quietness. The landscape, illuminated by a bright and almost summer light, is magical. Mediterranean vegetation, the cliffs overlooking the blue lake: fantastic. It's warm. We are among the first surfers arrived on site today (later, many others will arrive, but not the summer crowds, which, we are told, are seen here in summer).

We meet Roberto, surfer from Bologna, who has been here for some days. He explains the logistics of the spot.

From the parking lot, through an underpass, we access to the area near the lake shore. And, even here, the place immediately shows to be fantastic: the typical Garda spot efficiently equipped for windsurfing. Today, we do not pay. We were told that the Pier is not cheap in summer, and we were ready to pay something ... But, as Roberto explains, during the week, at this time of the year, it's free.

 

Roberto tells us, that here, normally, with Ora wind, people use sails between 4,7 and 5,7. But today we will have a surprise....

At 10:30 - 11, the first surfers enter into water with 5,5/6 sails. And they get immediate planing.... That's incredible! They have a quiet surfing....

I rig my Ezzy Tiger 5,5. But, it will never touch the water and will rest all the time in the shadow of a tree. But, I also prepare my Point 7 Sado 4,7, and two boards: FSW RRD 111 liters, and Tabou 3s 86 liters. 

My friend Michele gets into water with 4,8 and a Fanatic skate 100, but soon comes back saying that he is overpowered (he is 65 kgs), and changes for a 4,2.

 

 

So I take off the boom from my 5,5, and put it on my 4,7, to get into water with the 111 liters board. Fantastic feelings.... Constant planing. Looking around I feel like being in Heaven..... In the meanwhile, others surfers have arrived to the spot, and in the water I am surrounded by a lot of collegues (but they're still not too many, so that, in this conditions, it's a pleasure to surf with other people).

I had a phone call with Marco, a friend of mine, in the morning. He suggested the lake area where to try the power jibe, that I want to learn in this season. So, I go upwind, and reach the suggested area, that it's near the shore. It's just South of the spot: here wind reinforces, and you have flat waters. So, it's perfect to try. I'm not tired, because it's the first part of the session. So, I try, and I try again. I've almost got it .... but I'm still missing something, because I fall at each attempt...

 

 

The wind increases even more, and I am not longer able to keep the 4,7. Michele suggests me to try it with the 86, before passing to 4,2. The 86, according to him, should offer more resistance in the water, and should help me to keep the overpowered sail. But it's not like that (at least, for what I experience). The 86 really flies on the water at supersonic speed, and gives me the feeling of being out of control.

 

 

I come back to the shore, and I decide to pass, definitively, to the 4,2, that I had not even rigged..... But first, I take some rest and I chat a little with other surfers on the shore.

When I get into the water again, a guy looks at me with 4,2 and says: it's going down (the wind)... Later, I will think that he was making a joke.... To be honest, just after getting into water again, I get some unpleasant lows for 4,2 and 86 liters, but then the wind will begin to blow strong again, even if no more steady as in the first part of the day. So, I decide to use the 4,2, but with the 111, that I love so much. In the last part of the session, gusts are incredibly strong, and fill completely my 4,2 that now I barely handle. I don't know how many knots there are, but, in my experience, when I am overpowered with my 4,2, they are more 40 than 30....

Now conditions are tiring. I often fall and go downwind. So, even if I still have got energy, I decide to go off shore close-hauled, to go upwind and go back to the starting point. After tacking, I take the opportunity of another tremendous gust, to get a long and speedy planing up to the rubbed stairs, where you can get out of the water (see last video below).

 

I still remeain at the spot to take some pictures of some very good local freestylers...

Session finishes at 15:30. Wind is still blowing strong, but now it's mainly in the offshore part of the lake.

I put away all my stuff, and chat of the day with other surfers.

We all agree: we have to mark this day on calendar....!

At 16:40, we leave the spot homing.

Aloha. Fabio Muriano

 

Read also the detailed review of the spot.

To watch the all slidegallery, click here!

 

Waterwind.it lives thanks to your help! Become a supporter to access to reserved contents!

Or, make a donation!

Comments at the end of the article are welcome (if you are not registered on Disqus, and you do not want to do so, you can access it with your social account). 

Are you a passionate windsurfer? Do you want to collaborate with us? Read here, then!

If you want to sponsor Waterwind and advertise with us, or place your banner inside this article, contact us.

Buy Waterwind Gadgets!

 

Videos of the day

 

 

 

Ads - Second Hand Market

5 pinna windsurf power box trim box tuttle deep tuttle us box

25,00

POWER BOX: Maui 40 cm. con qualche graffito ma...
632 Views
1 Simmer Black Tip 5.3 2016

150,00

The Simmer Black Tip 5.3 2016, in good...
284 Views
3 Trapezio kite/windsurf

90,00

Vendo Trapezio Kitesurf/Windsurf ION Vertex...
373 Views
4 JP X-CITE RIDE 105lt FWS

250,00

Vendo JP X-CITE RIDE 105lt versione Full Wood...
338 Views
3 Muta shorty bambino in regalo
Regalo, a chi se le viene a prendere, una...
151 Views
1 Severne S-3 2015

200,00

Vendo S3. Vela tre stecche down the...
331 Views
3 vendo Simmer Ace 5,2

330,00

Vendo Simmer Ace 5,2 usata 4/5 volte per...
621 Views
1 Tabou 3S LTD 96

850,00

Vendo tavola Tabou 3S in perfetto stato, usata...
409 Views
1 VENDO PINNE FREERIDE

50,00

PINNA TABOU 36CM CON PORTA PINNA NERO A 50€...
296 Views
5 Starboard evo 80

200,00

Starboard evo 80 xtv anno 2008 2009 in buono...
377 Views
3 trapezio taglia s

40,00

Vendo trapezio Neil Pryde Taglia S
278 Views
2 vendo tavola wave

50,00

Vendo Drops Wave a 50 €
364 Views
2 Goya Banzai X Pro 5.7

370,00

Vendo Goya Banzai X Pro 5.7, usata solo per...
1917 Views
1 Vendo attrezzatura completa

500,00

Ciao a tutti, ho fatto windsurf per 30 anni...
379 Views
5 boma windsurf carbonio

200,00

Boma amex wave carbon 100 tapered 145 - 185,...
389 Views
2 Wave/Freeride-wave 102

950,00

Super Custom Pavcovich Wave 102 litri Vendo...
358 Views
5 VENDO TABOU 3S 106L 2017 LTD FREESTYLWAVE

1.100,00

Tabou 3S LTD 106L anno 2017 (acquistata a fine...
764 Views
5 Naish Hover Windsurf Foil 2018

1.100,00

Vendo Naish Hover Windsurf Foil completo di...
486 Views
4 Vela Gastra Pure M 4,0 NUOVA

230,00

Vela Gastra Pure Freestyle M 4,0 del 2016...
540 Views
1 RRD Wave Cult 82

700,00

Tavola facilissima che perdona tutti gli...
700 Views
5 FANATIC GECKO BAMBOO 120 Lt

850,00

Tavola Freeride/Freemove condizioni ottime...
732 Views
3 FreeRide/FreeRace FANATIC HAWK LTD 135Lt

490,00

Tavola Freeride Fanatic Hawk LTD-EDITION...
611 Views
2 Vela FreeRide Point 7 5,9 mq

250,00

Vendo vela Freeride Point7 HF Free 5.9 , per...
637 Views
5 FREERIDE RRD FIRERIDE 135LT

390,00

Tavola Freeride FireRide W-Tech In ottime...
727 Views
1 Vela Neil Pryde Ryde 6.0

320,00

Usata solo stagione estiva 2018
591 Views
4 Starboard Kode 77 2013

350,00

Vendo Starboard Kode 77, anno 2013. Modello...
670 Views
1 Starboard Flare 91 2014

500,00

Vendo Starboard Flare 91, anno 2014. Buone...
749 Views
 

Non perderti gli Eventi di windsurf, e le occasioni per incontrare i tuoi amici windsurfers!

Don't miss the windsurfing events, and the chance to meet your windsurfer friends!

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
3
4
5
6
7
10
11
12
13
14
24
25
26
27
28
29
30

This site uses cookies, including from third parties, in order to improve your experience and to provide services in line with your preferences. By closing this banner, scrolling this page or by clicking any of its elements you allow the use of cookies. If you want to learn more or opt out of all or some cookies go to the Cookie Policy.