d0uglass wrote:In July / August the most dependably windy places are on the Pacific Coast of the USA. They are:
1. San Francisco Bay. A large bay surrounded by hills and mountains that gets strong thermal winds. The water and the air are cold. The city is big and has a lot to do.
2. The Columbia River Gorge. A long river / lake at the bottom of a canyon through the mountains that can get VERY strong thermal winds. The water is not too cold at that time of year and the air temperature is pleasant, but most people still wear wetsuits. The nearest big city with an airport is Portand, Oregon, about a two hour drive away, but there is a nice outdoor-sports oriented town in the middle of the Gorge called Hood River. If the wind doesn't blow, there is a lot of good hiking, biking, glacier snowboarding, etc.
I believe that d0uglass has the answer.
During high summer in the USA you need thermals and pressure differentials for max wind - the Gorge and SF area are mecca from June until early September for this reason. In addition to features mentioned by d0uglass:
SF - you can also go to the "Delta", Pacific coast... plus TONS of things to do either urban or outdoor adventure, go up to the Sierras, Yosemite, etc. etc.
Gorge: you can also explore the Pacific coast, Portland, etc.
The key is to identify the weather pattern and what cycle is happening just prior to/or upon arrival and then sort out you activities and exact locations from there. For example, it might be light wind in the Gorge but it's going off on the coast. Get in touch with someone with local knowledge right away and adapt as you go. iKitesurf offers daily human reports and predictions for the Gorge - not sure if you need to subscribe for that feature.
http://www.ikitesurf.com/windandwhere.i ... mmary=true
You may end up having 2 weeks of solid conditions at one spot, but it would be a shame not to experience other places and features of either of these areas.
Have a great trip!
It would be hard to imagine you not having an incredible time at either of these spots, wind or no wind.