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Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

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Malta boasts a stunning coastline and warm climate all year round, which makes it a good destination for water sports. However, it's not an excellent spot for kitesurfers. Malta's beaches are quite small and rocky. They lack space to unfold and launch a kite. Additionally, kitesurfing is prohibited during the summer tourist season at most beaches. The island does, however, have a small community of kite surfers that ride the waves from October through May.

The wind conditions are also at their best during this time, as cold fronts bring strong northwest winds of 6 knots and more. The winds in Malta are rather gusty. Kitesurfers mostly use onshore wind. The main problem is that winds are unpredictable, so it's hard to plan a trip. Mellieha Bay is the favorite kitesurfing spot in Malta due to a vast bay with flat and shallow waters, but kiters have to bring their own equipment. There are no kitesurfing schools or rentals in Malta.

However, windsurfing is much more prevalent in Malta than kitesurfing. The most massive windsurfer crowds gather in Challis Rock near St. Julian’s, St Paul's Bay, Mellieha Bay, and St. Thomas Bay. Challis Rock is for experienced windsurfers only since the coast has many dangerous rocks. But it works well for pros, especially with a strong northwest wind. If you are learning windsurfing, the best area is Mellieha Bay that offers a sheltered and safe environment. St. Thomas Bay is a less crowded spot located on the south shore of Malta. There are many rentals and schools for windsurfing in Malta, mainly along the northern coast between Salina and Mellieha.

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