On the northeastern side of the Portuguese island of Madeira, you will find Porto da Cruz. It's a small village in the municipality of Machico. Its name came from a cross (Cruz), that the explorers placed on a loch, that once used as a port (Porto). The mountains of Paul da Serra, Pico do Larano at 765 m/2509 ft, Pico da Suna at 1040 m/3412 ft and Pico da Maiata at 766 m/2513 ft are the guards of Porto da Cruz.
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Kiteboarding / Kitesurfing in Sunset Beach, Santa Ana, California USA
Sunset Beach offers an excellent kite-surfing spot where intermediate practitioners can kite-surf safely. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that you can launch your kite only between the Checkered Flags at Broadway & 11th Street.
The spot has many things to offer to ambitious kitesurfers that want to practice their favorite sport especially by using the wave style of kitesurfing. Best time of the day to enjoy the waves is in the afternoon where along with the kite surfing excitement you will be enchanted by the stunning sight of the sun coming down to sleep.
The thermal wind with its medium force of 16-25 knots/18.4-28.8 mph, when blowing from the northwest creates optimum conditions for a kite surfing experience of a life time. The spot also offers best relative wind direction of side-onshore.
Some of its best qualities among others, are the clean water with a sandy bottom with no tide dependency, that along with the fact that the place can be kite-able after a storm in off month, create a generally great spot where the thrill is guaranteed.
If you wish to kite-surf at this magnificent beach you will have to bear in mind that it is followed by some strict rules. You must be able to self relaunch, stay upwind and self rescue and ride waves. Around the beach you will find all the necessary amenities making this spot a perfect kite-surfing weekend or even full holiday destination.