Kitesurfing in Embrun – Lac de Serre-Ponçon
With its ultra-reliable wind, warm water and spectacular setting, the huge Lac de Serre Ponçon is a viable alternative to the Mediterranean for kitesurfers in the South of France.
Kitesurfing - Lac de Serre-Ponçon
|Intermediate - Advanced
Best Time of Year
|March to July
Summer Water Temp
|20°C > 23°C
Winter Water Temp
|3°C > 9°C
Launching and landing points are quite small and rocky in places.
What’s the wind forecast in Lac de Serre Ponçon over the next 5 days?
|Marseille (2 h 14 min)
Turin (2 h 38 min)
Grenoble (2 h 42 min)
Lyon (3 h 11 min)
Nice (3 h 17 min)
Park along the lake near Savines-le-Lac.
The main Kite beach is located at Plage Les Eaux Douces, between the village of Savines-le-Lac and Crots. The launch spot itself is a patch of grass around 300 m long.
Lac de Serre-Ponçon Kitesurfing Gallery
The Lac de Serre Poncon was formed in the early 1970’s when the lower Durance river in the Hautes-Alpes was dammed. The region is renowned for having a wind so reliable you can set your watch by it, and it wasn’t long before windsurfers and more recently kitesurfers discovered the virtues of the place.
The best time of year to kitesurf in Serre Poncon is between March and July. The mornings are calm and the lake is like a bottle – perfect for wakeboarding or supping. Then, at 10:30 the wind starts to pick up and builds throughout the morning and by 1 or 2 pm it’s blowing a perfect force 4 to 5. You can kite until the sun goes down, or your legs turn to noodles, whichever comes first.
If there is no wind (it can happen!) there are plenty of alternate activities nearby such as white water rafting, downhill mountain biking, climbing and trekking. Or, you can stay on the lake for some wakeboarding or stand up paddle boarding.