The biggest advantage of the trip was definitely the time of year. I was so surprised how calm and empty the island was, with perfect wind, water and air temperatures, yet it was still within the tourist season. After the experience of Denmark’s “summer” with highs of just 20 degrees Celsius, it was so great to catch some warm days in Sardinia – we’d been afraid that October would be too late for nice temperatures! We would check the wind and weather forecast every day and decide spontaneously where to go the following day, slowly making our way from Cagliari to Sant’Antioco, the peninsula located more in the southwest. That side of the island offers everything for kiters, with a number of spots close to each other to cover all wind directions – there’s an attractive wave spot called Chia, flat water spots like Punta Tretu or Porto Botte, a big bay at Porto Pino, or a couple of spots around the peninsula of Sant’Antioco. The most frequent winds are the northwest Mistral, the southeast Sirocco, and in some locations, a thermal wind. In general as it gets closer to winter, the stronger the Mistral wind gets. But the wind remained light throughout our trip and I barely used my twintip.
Before starting the road trip, Lukas had a specific shot in his mind: a drone shot of me with my kite, next to a lighthouse, standing on a big rock in the middle of the sea, just north of Sant’Antioco. We arrived to catch a session in the afternoon sun and get some cool drone shots of the camper as the sun went down. However, the launch spot for the lighthouse was full of rocks and had no beach at all, so I decided to go out wingfoiling. Lukas launched his drone and let it fly around me and the lighthouse. After 20 minutes he flew it back in, changed the drone batteries, flew it out to me again, took the exact shots we’d been talking about, then… bang… the drone crashed into my wing, cut the cloth, and slowly sank into the deep, crystal-clear, blue water… Ciao, SD Card…
When you’re in the middle of nowhere, with little to no tourism, few English-speakers, and small Italian villages with small supermarkets and the cheapest good quality coffee, the ‘dolce vita’ is very nice. However, it does make it pretty hard to buy a new drone for all the shots we wanted to get. So that night, Lukas decided to drive back to Cagliari… He got lucky, and bought the last drone available in the shop. We took this as a sign to attempt our original idea, the drone shot of me kiting. The next day I gathered my foil board and kite, but it was a way bigger mission to launch. I made it work after swimming with the kite into the wind, unrolling the bar in the water, and launching the kite from the water in very light conditions. When learning how to foil in 2019, I never imagined how diverse foiling could get. I love the opportunities a foil gives me to get out in more conditions and wind speeds, making the list of accessible spots bigger.
The wind was lighter than the previous day and we couldn’t get really close to the lighthouse to bag the exact shot we had been dreaming of. But we did our best and I think we did pretty well and got some great shots. We also spent a memorable, rare golden week of summer in October. And one thing is for sure: we will get back to Sant’Antioco one day, seeking that hard-won lighthouse photo.