Lac de Monteynard-Avignonet is an artificial water reservoir serving the Électricité de France power station of Drac Station. The reservoir is bounded by the canyons of Ebron and Drac and belongs to the Isère department. It was created in 1961after the built of a 145 m / 476 ft high dam. The reservoir is up to 10 km / 6.3 mi long and in some places reaches at 300 m / 984 ft wide. On the lake, it is often windy and wavy, something that makes it one of the best places to practice water sports.
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Wind Surfing in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro State Brazil
It is an area with more than 20 malls, including the largest shopping center in South America (Barrashopping), magnificent buildings, towers and mansions of great luxury, as well as the biggest convention center in South America (Riocentro). The Rio Olympic Games in 2016 will be partially held in Barra, because of its great sports facilities that are located in the borough.
Barra’s beach starts from Morro da Joa and ends at the Recreio dos Bandeirantes neighborhood, a distance of 18 km/11 mi. It constitutes the longest beach in Rio de Janeiro and also one of the most beautiful ones with clean, green tropical waters, gold sand, plenty of seafood restaurants, kiosks and a cycling line.
The spot’s weather conditions offer you the chance to practice your favorite extreme sport, wind surfing. The water quality is excellent, the sea bottom is sandy and the current is medium (1-2 knots). There is no tide dependency and the direction of local winds is mainly east.
You can windsurf any time of the year, on condition that you first check out the weather forecast, bearing in mind that the windy season starts in August and ends in March. The beach attends to the needs of any kind of windsurfer, since it offers waves of low, intermediate and high difficulty, due to the variation of conditions.
Even if you are a beginner, with no previous experience, you will be given the chance to learn windsurfing with the help of a great number of local schools, located in the spot. As for the water and air temperature, it is usually so warm, that wet suits are not necessary.
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