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Progreso Yucatan

Progreso Yucatan

Mexico

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The city of Progreso is one of the windiest kite beaches in all of Mexico for steady winds threw out the year, making it ideal for kiteboarding.

This port is located in Yucatan state, on the Gulf of Mexico in the north west of the state just 25 min. north from Merida. Progreso is great for kitesurfing, since it is a very reliable spot, you can mostly always expect wind if you plan to include Progreso as your next kitesurfing destination.

The Yucatan coastline stretches for miles on end, so there are many kite spots to visit. You will most likely start visiting El Playon ( left of the main dock ) witch is one of your main kiteboarding beaches in Progreso. It offers a variety of great conditions for teaching and riding; the beach can be a bit narrow depending where you launch from, the water is shallow , very little shore break, no waves (except with north fronts up to 1.30 mt), the weather is quite warm most of the year, sometimes during the north front season the temperature slightly goes down, but with a thine short wetsuit you'll be more than fine.

The water is not very deep, the swell really depends on the conditions but on a average day it starts getting deep out at around ,40 to 60 mt out to sea. Sometime you can walk a up to 100 meters before having the water ever reaching neck high.

Water conditions :

Little shore break, wind chop, small little waves, especially when wind conditions are strong.The choppy water will come from the northeast, when the trade winds are blowing from that same direction ( the most prevalent wind). Usually when there is a high pressure system from the north ( North / North West ) winds ), the waves can get a bit higher.

On a normal day, there are from 7 to 20 kiters riding, so there is always enough space for riding, cruising around, doing tricks or even teaching. Most of the riders are locals coming to the beach very frequently. The shared passion for the sport creates a great environment in which every rider looks after another.

When new kiters come to the beach, the community is always willing to introduce them to the local conditions. Its good to ask as there are a few rocks just lying under the sea´s surface ( don't want to bump on to those )Other wise there not much of hazards to look out for.

A for wind :

There is also a natural phenomenon called the thermal effect, witch causes wind almost all year round, during the rainy season you can still get wind but at around August it starts tapering down all the way to around October ). In November you can expect to start to see some increments in wind. But wind start kicking in good at around Mid December

The most consistent months start around January all the way up to threw July) a good 6 month stretch of wind, wind mostly comes from northeast (side onshore); it ranges from 12 to 35 knots (18 knots is the average).

The north fronts or “Nortes” (November – March) are high-pressure systems that bring a lot of strong wind to the Yucatan Peninsula witch can cause the choppy waves to get a bit bigger. When the so-called “Chikin iik” blows (northwest wind), there are big flat areas with consistent waves you can load and boost high from !!!

Apart from that there is a different thermal effect in the mornings (it can start as early as 2 Am to as late as 11:30 Am ), when the southeast wind kicks in “surestes”. This thermal wind that flows from the land to the ocean until the pressure system changes and the breeze starts to blow from the ocean to the land.

To ride this wind there is a a kite spot known as ! La Ría de Chelem ! The Ria is like a river without current, it is more like a flat lagoon with very shallow warm water, surrounded by mangroves and it consists of ocean water that mixes with fresh waters that comes from the earths ground.

To arrive to this location you will kneed to take the highway to progress Yucatan leaving from Merida Yucatan. There is local transportation that can take you there and back from the main city ( a 1:50 dll bus ride )

Hope this helps , see you guys at the beach !!!

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