Golf De Roses

Golf De Roses, established in the province of Roses in Costa Brava, offers excellent summer shortest path destination. At 2 hour flight from the UK, Gerona airport followed by only 1 hour taxi ride or drive. In rural areas in this region of Spain is a stunning, picturesque cottages and farm houses dotted around the lush and fertile rolling landscape. The coastline here is a mixture of rocky outcrops and beautiful bays and gulfs, some busy than others.

Golf De Roses is the ideal place for families with children of all ages, as well as those travelling with non-surfing partner or friends. There is a massive amount to do here, as well as windsurfing, it is an ideal place, such as mountain biking, snorkelling, sailing, horse riding and walking. There is also a good range of children's institutions on the proposal close to the windsurfing centre.THE SPOT

There is really only one place to Windsurf in Golf De Roses, and this is the main place where Skyriders / Club Mistral center is based.

KEY BAY The centre is located in the middle of the Gulf, and has a clearly marked area for windsurfing, kitesurf learning and free kiting. In areas not particularly great in mid-summer month of July and August, and care must be taken not roam in the area of public beach. If you are not under the supervision of an instructor, it is best to move directly from small start, and then stop about 50 metres from the beach, where there is a lot of space.


There are 2 types of wind in this resort, but Tramontana be that the spring and autumn wind and heat the middle of summer.

Tramontana is a bit strong and gusty wind that comes from the north side to the next, to shore on the left. This, it is generally best to windsurfing and more kiters own, and the average wind force of about 25 knots. Temperatures - during the summer months, from June to September, the wind changes direction aside, on the south coast wind on the right side. Heat wind super consistent and perfect beginner to intermediate windsurfers promising practices. This is pure wind makes the stunts and overall progression much easier, and it is indeed a pleasure ride! UNITED WINDSURFING

Golf De roses suitable for all levels windsurfer, although certain times of the year, better than some others. In spring and autumn, when the wind blows strong tramontana, there can be fair-sized waves creating favourable wave freaks here to get a good run for their money. After the wave passed, the site offers a medium altitude wind swell on the left and freeride possibilities are endless.

In mid-summer thermal wind is very reliable and builds up in the morning. In the morning, the place is ideal for young people, with appropriate children's gear (boards and rigs), nothing prevents them from their boards. But in general, during this season, it is ideal for beginners to intermediate. When the thermal wind blowing, the motto of freestyling and freeriding. Directly in front of the club Mistral centre is a fine, sandy beach, which falls to leave gently and is about 80m worldwide. In the shallow-water area in the water extends to 30 m, ideal for moving from the beach to proceed to begin to deal with water or power gybe.THE OTHER ACTIVITIES

Golf De Roses has many different activities on offer for all ages, the ideal place for the whole family. This is a very proactive, everywhere you look you will see people running, mountain biking, race cycling, swimming and much more.

The area is also famous for its "center of skydiving! You should try it, if you have the nerve !!!!!! TO KITESURFING

Golf De Roses equally good kitesurf destination, Skyrider kite school on the site with all the latest 2007 North kites and boards, as well as a full range courses.THE NIGHT

In the evenings, there are many charming restaurants and cafes / bars dotted around during 10/20 minutes away by car. For those seeking a little more "action" has several large nightclubs and bars in the nearest main town in about 30 minutes away.THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

As a member of the EU, there is no entry requirements, in addition to the full UK passport with the full 6 months validity.

Bay of Roses - in surfing spot in North Spain

A place defined by winds from the Pyrenees, the tramontana with his steady and thermals garbi blowing during the summer months. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are ideal conditions here, whether or garbi tramontana (two prevailing winds) is a blast.

With winds of force 6 to 8, tramontana very strong wind (though not as strong as in the neighbouring southern coast of France), offers ideal conditions on the left side of sideshore club Mistral centre. On good days, a fair-sized waves to create here, which allowed a wave of freaks to get a good run for their money. After the wave passed, the site offers medium height windswell on the left and freeride possibilities are endless. Whenever tramontana not reach a force 6 wind, he lovingly called "tramontanetta" at the local Catalonians. In tramontana prevailing wind is in the "cold" season, ie, spring and autumn. During the summer months, we treat moderate heat and the constant wind, which are cross-ground with the right club at the Mistral centre.

Heat wind is very reliable and builds up in the afternoon from June to September. In the afternoon, the wind often turns toward the coast of the law - this is garbi blowing from the south. In the morning, the place is ideal for young people, with appropriate children's gear (boards and rigs), nothing prevents them from their boards.

When the thermal wind blowing, the motto of freestyling and freeriding. Directly in front of the club Mistral centre is a fine, sandy beach, which falls gently and leave at about 80 m in width. In the shallow-water area in the water extends for 30 meters, ideal for moving from the beach to begin to water start or practising power gybe. Location Club Mistral centre and the wind direction is absolutely safe to do so many places where you never drift in the sea. Nevertheless, our rescue boat is also there in case of emergencies. In windsurfer and kitesurfer zone marked signs and buoys and is located directly opposite our house. We, therefore, there is a huge stretch of beach to ourselves here, because bathers mainly on the left side of the zone, 2 kilometres from the beach camping La Ballena Alegre.

Golf de Roses, Spain background "

In Costa Brava is a coastal strip stretching about 40 kilometres north of Barcelona along the entire coast of the province of Gerona. This is an area with extraordinarily beautiful scenery with lots of heavily Valley, interspersed with small bays offering fine sand. The huge gulf Roses with its fine-grained sand, only 30 kilometres south of the French border, it was well known, windsurfers and kitesurfers for many years. In an exciting and safe places where everyone will have fun - a wave of enthusiasts, the free acrobats, freeriders, children, and kitesurfers so!

At the southern end of the Gulf of Roses, "Mistral Golf Club de Roses" Center opened its doors for the first time in summer 2004. The two prevailing winds, the Tramontana and Gharbi, dominate the region around the Gulf of Roses, turning it into a first-rate sport of surfing.

The vast expanses of sandy calls important episodes from history to mind, the rule of the Romans to Napoleon occupation. Roses is expected to be in the same location as the old Road, a colony established by the Greeks in the 5 th century BC Today's population makes it lives mainly at tourists and fishing trade. The picturesque alleyways of the nearby village of L 'Escala, often filled with the hustle and bustle. There is certainly no shortage of attractions worth visiting in the region, as well as cozy cafes and restaurants invite visitors to stay when they feel like taking a break.

Our insider tips:

∙ Culture on your threshold: the Dali Museum in Figueres, worth a visit, and all who are interested in that house Daly should definitely take a trip to the picturesque village of Cadaques.

∙ The ruins of Empuries can be reached on foot, with its sandy beaches and small bays enticing provide an opportunity for swimming

∙ You may want to try the local wines and liquors in one of the numerous bodegas (wineries), and some of your favorite bottled wine for you. W L 'Escala you will find the best anchovies.

∙ A balloon trip early in the morning, with the sun rising over the mountains, it is fantastically romantic experience. If you want, you can enjoy a glass of "Cava (Spanish champagne) at the same time.

∙ If you are in the lookout for action and adventure, Ampuria Brava, which has one of the best in Europe and the world parachuting centres is very place. Just the right thing for adrenaline junkies: 40 seconds of free fall.

Bahia Feliz

Gran Canaria was the home of international windsurfing elite in the past few years. Stars as Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Marcos Perez, Vidar Jensen and Moreno sisters lived here since they were very young, or even born on the island. Others, like to come here by train. This is not surprising, since the conditions perfect. The trade wind blows almost constantly throughout the year!

Club Mistral centre will be located directly behind the glorious Gulf Bahia Feliz, which adjoined a holiday resort, in the garden, which is more like a park. In winter, Bahia Feliz is one of the best places in the Canary Islands. Sideshore wind blowing from the left and inside the bay, with its flat water conditions are suitable for practicing beach and the water starts or gybing. In addition waves of newcomers will find swell, with waves that are just right for jumping. It is not only an advanced user will receive this place; newcomers, too, will generally find some calmer conditions in the morning, which made its first attempt at windsurfing.

In summer, the trade winds are stronger and more permanent - but they mostly increasingly from the north, so the Bahia Feliz often in the wind shadow of the island during high summer. However, we have used our imagination, and now offer surfing excursions in the very center of the bus during the summer, the high wind sites in the vicinity of the famous places in the Pozo Izquierdo, Salinas de Arinanga or ketchup.

Gran Canaria in the mountains, which up to 2000 meters high, beckoning you to go mountain biking and hiking. Beautiful scenery of dunes, strange rock-arrays, fertile valleys and subtropical forests alternates, all in a very small distance.
As you can see, there is quite a variety, and this, coupled with pleasant temperatures year round.

Our insider tips:
Most fresh catch of the day can be found in one of the many fish restaurants directly on the fishing port Arguineguin - 15 km away from the Bahia Feliz
An excursion to the remote mountain (2000) on the rental car or helicopter
Mountain bike tour across the island - Happy Biking offers a wide range of guided tours
One of the interesting and pristine environment for shopping, tourist, or feast awaits you in Las Palmas - 45 km von Bahia Feliz

Fuerteventura guide

In Fuerteventura, Canary Islands paradise is far less busy than some of its neighbours. He is proud of the longest stretch of beach on the island chain, in its superb outings striking volcanic landscape, and some of the best windsurfing in the world.
Getting there
The airport is located to the south of the capital, Puerto del Rosario, and receives mainly charter flights from Europe, mainland Spain and the other Canary Islands. Of more abroad, flights go via Madrid or Barcelona. There is a local bus service, which connects the airport and many island destination. Those on package holidays, as a rule, get a free transfer. Taxis can be, but very expensive. Ferry services linking the capital with Cadiz, and the other Canary Islands.
Information on the key attractions Fuerteventuras

On the beaches here are among the best in Europe, including around the capital, wide, flat beaches of Jandia (south), and the beautiful golden sand dunes of Corralejo (north). Several excellent trails occur in Corralejo, offering exciting prospects. Walking through the El Cotillo is awe-inspiring, and for the less active, the walk along the quay in Corralejo, winding through large sand dunes, (Las Dunas) is excellent.
Out and about

In the former capital of the island, Betancuria, easily accessible by car, and many attractions. It also offers excellent walking tours, as soon as you get into the city. In brilliant Betancuria Museum and paeleontological impressive archaeological exhibits, and the nearby early 15-century church of Santa Maria also impressive. The huge botanical garden displaying some of Fuerteventura in the beautiful flora. Of the cities in the Mirador de Morro Velosa has outstanding views of the island landscape. For another interesting disc, on the road between Corralejo and Lajares, accessible by jeep, is the next best alternative tours, and shows leave Fuerteventura in the magnificent natural beauty.

Relax to the

For those interested in the islands, water sports, Sotavento, in the south, is a world of speed and slalom windsurfing event, and there are jet-skiing, windsurfing and sailing on the Jandia and Corralejo. Betancuria has many trendy cafes and restaurants, while Jandia, the capital of Corralejo and all of us have a lot of bars and pubs.
Be careful when driving or hiking through the volcanic landscape of the area. Visitors are more susceptible to accidents when in unfamiliar environments. Water sports are also a potential source of danger and visitors should remain alert and vigilant. We strongly encourage you to take out travel insurance for you and your family when you visit Fuerteventura.
It is always in the Canary Isalands Spring. Temperatures vary only a few seasons through 6C. On average, per month ranges from 18 to 24C, and the sea nicely warm all year round. Because of the geographical location of the islands subtropical climate. At the water temperature ranges from 22C in summer and winter 19C. Many people want to spend the winter here because of the pleasant climate.
Be careful when driving or hiking through the volcanic landscape of the area. Visitors are more susceptible to accidents when in unfamiliar environments. Water sports are also a potential source of danger and visitors should remain alert and vigilant. We strongly encourage you to take out travel insurance for you and your family when you visit Fuerteventura.
Weather in Fuerteventura
It is always in the Canary Isalands Spring. Temperatures vary only a few seasons through 6C. On average, per month ranges from 18 to 24C, and the sea nicely warm all year round. Because of the geographical location of the islands subtropical climate. At the water temperature ranges from 22C in summer and winter 19C. Many people want to spend the winter here because of the pleasant climate.

Windsurfing in Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira is a top class surfing location with good conditions all year round. This little fishing town boasts long, white sandy beaches and some of the best conditions for windsurfing in the whole of Africa.
This is the place to go to when you want to just kick back and relax. It still remains relatively unspoiled. It's more popular with independent travellers and holidaying Moroccans than package tours.
Promoting itself as the "Windy City Afrika" Essaouira hosts a number of major national and international windsurfing competitions each year. The most popular places to go windsurfing are Diabat, Sidi Kaouki and Cap Sim. Over the years, it has built up quite a reputation for itself as one of the best spots. The hippies have gradually moved out and the windsurfers have moved in.
Essaouira's main bay offers mixed conditions. The water close to the town fairly flat. In the mid bay area there's quite a bit of chop. It's ideal for beginners. Just half an hours drive from the town, there are two full on wave spots.
During the summer you normally get flat conditions with a slight windchop in the morning. The waves build in the afternoon.
In spring and autumn the best wave conditions (between one and two metres) can be found on the southern side of the bay. From mid-June to August they don't get much bigger than one metre.
The waters off Morocco's Atlantic coast are not nearly as warm as what you'd find in The Caribbean (17-20°C), but there's plenty of space to sail and completely reliable winds in the main season.

Windsurfing in Essaouira

   Windsurfing holidays in Essaouira
The ancient fortified city of Essaouira offers a unique blend of culture and Atlantic sailing conditions. This is a fairly whitewashed town was a prosperous port of fifteen centuries, and with a rich history offers interesting and fascinating rest.
Essaouira has become a magnet for poets, artists and craftsmen from the eighteenth century, in the tiny streets crammed with the local pottery and handicrafts. In the evenings fisherman to return to port in their brightly painted boats, their nets bursting with sardines, and people jostle to buy fresh fish berth. You will not be able to find anything fresh for lunch! ON SPOT
Main Gulf in the form of sand crescent bay Essaouira offers a mixed environment with a flat shallow water closer to the city, crushed in the middle of the bay, and the waves downwind. Ideal for all levels, as well as the wave of newcomers.
MOULAY BOUZERKTOUNE: In sideshore wind stronger than Essaouira, where the Atlantic and the Northeast bidding meet, Moulay offers one of the best wave spots just outside Europe. In winter with 2 - 5 meters waves this place for sure just wave sailors.
SIDI KAOUKI South of Essaouira is 5 km beach again with a cross shore wind and waves good winter. The conditions here may vary, with different entry and you will find the right waves for beginners and more advanced wave sailors. WIND

In the wind (north-east trade wind) blows offshore side to side to the right. In the summer months, that is in June - August, in thermals created much difference in the land and sea temperature accelerates trade winds averaging bft 6 - 8, but because of the massive beach area, it is always safe, even for less experienced.
Autumn and winter winds can during the tour, and comes from the left and it is easy to an average of about bft 4 - 6. It is also the primary season with light waves wave sailing spot in the main by about 1-2 meters, but completely in the wake of navigation in the main wave spot at the end of the main bay and Mulay. In WINDSURFING

Essaouira offers windsurfing opportunity to swim in a whole different conditions. During the summer months, you can count on finding minor windchop in flat conditions in the morning, with waves building in the afternoon at the end of the wind-down day Gulf. Wave conditions particularly well on the south side of the Bay in spring and autumn (-4 m 2), but lower for the period from mid-June to August (0,5 to 1 m) for beginners wave sailors.
Water temperature is typically 20 ° C in summer (shortie) decreased to about 15C in the winter (full 5 / 3). Typically, the conditions are suitable for all levels, in the summer sailors and waves in winter. Other events

With wave surfing spots nearby are very popular in this area. You can take a boat trip to the Mogador islands and bird sanctuary at Purpuaires lies. For more active quad bike is very popular.
Old Town is well explored - in a maze of streets and alleyways always like to throw new look or sound at every turn. On a hill Safi is potters quarter, in which you will find dozens of famous potters creating their difficult work. Along with carpets, glassware, leather goods, etc. This silver shoppers paradise! In KITESURFING

Courses and sets are rolled in Mistral centre. The conditions are usually ideal for beginners, in the morning. In the long sandy bay and curved cross shore winds, these very safe teaching conditions. In NIGHT

Stores are open till late at night to a bustling city and takes on a new aura after nightfall. There are several excellent restaurants offering local seafood and delicious tagines (casseroles). In Morocco predominantly Muslim, you will not be served alcohol in restaurants, but you will find a few bars. Made claims

UK / EU passports Full 10 year passports are valid until at least 6 months after the date of return. No visa required. Other passport check with the Moroccan Embassy (020 7581 0719). HEALTH ADVICE

There are no mandatory vaccinations when travelling from the UK, but we recommend to check with your GP for the last council.

Windsurfing Down Under

By Pascal Bronnimann

Swiss-born Pascal Bronnimann has been travelling the windsurfing world for over twenty years. His latest trip took him 'down under' to Western Australia, home of the infamous windsurfing beaches of Margaret River and Gnaraloo.
I was leaving Honolulu on January 12th and already met some Australians before even taking off – easily recognizable by the first words I heard: "no worries, mate!" – Three words I would hear daily during my trip, a great and easy-going attitude towards life!
Arriving in Sydney for a one night layover (after going through immigration and dragging my bags through the airport) I found Sydney airport all shut down by 11 p.m. – an advice for all future travelers: bring some food with you to Sydney, everything is closed until 6 a.m.
Arriving in Perth I had a friend who picked me up and drove me to the car rental place ClubRedcars – I got a very affordable deal as well as a great and reliable station wagon, a Ford Falcon – I was able to store all my gear inside the car without a problem.
The same day I drove up to Lancelin where I hit the water right away and found myself all of a sudden in the middle of the Australian nationals – competitors were going off, throwing double-forwards and ripping the solid mast-high waves, impressive! Scott Mc Kercher ended up winning the contest with Peter Volwater coming in second place.

I stayed a while in Lancelin where I met more Swiss windsurfers than I've seen since leaving 8 years ago – Western Oz must be a much liked destination for the Swiss. Driving up to Geraldton, Sunset Beach and Coronation it was the same, Swiss in an incredible abundance.
I wasn't too satisfied with all the spots mentioned before because most of them have very similar conditions: Good steady port-tack wind and ok waves but no unreal down-the-line wavesailing which I like most. Those spots are great for beginning- to intermediate wave sailors or just for great jumping.
I therefore decided to head down to Margaret River and to hopefully find some faster reef waves. I was rewarded with mediocre to epic conditions and stayed most of my time in Margaret River.
Margaret River is a small town who has a vibrant surfing- and windsurfing community, people are living for wind and waves and plan their lives accordingly, very similar to Oahu's North shore. But this is not all, Margaret River lies in a beautiful landscape with plenty of eucalyptus trees, vineyards, farms and amazing caves – there is always something to explore if there shouldn't be any wind (or waves – which barely ever happens - there was swell every day, from head-high up to one-and-a-half mast! The wind wasn't as consistent as further North up the coast but surfing can be fun as well!).
My wife joined me in February and we drove up north once more, passing Lancelin, Geraldton and ending up in Monkey Mia to check out the famous dolphins – Monkey Mia is a tourist trap, you have to pay to see free living dolphins being hand-fed – but it is still amazing and well worth seeing! Monkey Mia is located in the Northeast of Shark bay (there are plenty of sharks besides dolphins, manta rays, pelicans, turtles and other great wildlife). A tip for Monkey Mia: sneak in before sunrise and you won't have to pay admission and also come to enjoy a wonderful sunrise.
I always wanted to windsurf Gnaraloo which is even further north and is known to be one of the best and longest lefthanders in the world. The swell was unfortunately not cooperating (Gnaraloo's season starts early in the Western Oz Summer) and we therefore decided to drive back to Margaret where we spent another round of quality days sailing and exploring! I didn't drive down to Esperance neither – another magic spot in South western Oz that didn't work too well while I was there – and was a mere 900 km's away…
Time was up at the end of February and we went to visit Byron Bay on the Australian east coast for one week. It was a welcome change to Western Oz - feeling like having landed back in the tropics – it was hot, humid, not much wind but some great surf spots! Byron Bay had an incredible vibe – most people were either surfers and/or hippies, hippies being in the majority.

Now the time came to head even further South, to New Zealand! Arriving in Auckland we rented another car and drove down South to Taranaki, windsurfing hot spot in New Zealand. Taranaki is like a peninsula with the volcano Mt. Egmont (Mt. Taranaki in Maori) being in the middle of it, reinforcing any winds that pass along. In contrast to Western Oz where the wind is mainly a sea breeze due to extreme temperature differences between the desert inland and the ocean, the winds in Taranaki originate from passing high- and low pressure systems coming from the West. I was surprised of the abundance and quality of spots. You can find perfect point-breaks with side-offshore winds on most days, a dream come true for down-the-line sailing.

Make sure to ask some of the friendly locals about which spots and tides – the locals are eager to help out and not to sail all alone those perfect conditions. Most spots work best in certain wind directions and tides – tides having large coefficients of up to 4 meters. Launching at low tide at some spots can be a real challenge, big boulders and crashing waves… booties recommended but not absolutely necessary, the locals are mostly barefoot.
After scoring some epic conditions at Pungarehu (THE spot with good swell and south-easterlies) and at other spots it was time to head back home to Oahu on April 5th.

Thanks to all the following for supporting me:
Da Kine, Blue Planet Surf Gear, The Loft, CarbonArt, Proflex footstraps, Zeal Optics, Chinook, Brad + Mary of Wetdreams Australia, Gail and Spencer Lewis, John Clark, Mike + Chris etc. A big mahalo and respect also goes to all the Ozzies and Kiwis I met during my trip!

The Surf on Fuerteventura

The most consistent surf is found on the north/NW coast with many spots 'unridden'. There are waves to suit most standards of surfers but also some absolute gems for the more adventurous.
The surf is pretty much divided into two main seasons - Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer - much along the lines of the rest of Northern Europe.
Swells come out of the Atlantic hitting the West and North coast with regularity. Occassionally large swells can wrap around to the island's North East and South coasts.
Your biggest consideration at these times will be swell size, wind directions and the size of your balls.
As the swell wraps around the North, wave height diminishes slightly. So if El Hierro is maxed then there will be surfable waves at other spots further East such as El Muelle (The Harbour) or even Punta Elena (Rocky Point).
When everything is maxed head to Flag Beach at mid to high or El Burro (Glass Beach) where occassionally the point can be small but fun.
Traditionally the Sailing season, has now seeing the explosion of Kite Surfing.
The Atlantic swells are often affected by a dominant high pressure system with a low over the african mainland heralding the North Easterly Tradewinds.
This season's surfing is not nearly as consistent as Autumn/Winter but there are still fun waves to be had predominantly on the East coast and at times the Cotillo region.
Best for surfers who want a quick, warm, easy destination. Water Temperature can reach 22 degrees Centigrade.
North Coast Surfing
Some of the best surf areas on the island are to be found along the dirt road known as the North track.
This road starts near the Bristol Playa Apartments in Corralejo, continues to the lighthouse near El Cotillo taking just over an hour to drive.
The track is not the best of surfaces and beyond the small village of Majanicho it isn't really suitable for small cars. So if you're sensible you'll hire a 4WD jeep.
Another thing to remember before you set off along the North track is that there are no shops etc, so be sure to take a good supply of water and some food!
Rocky Point - Punta Helena - Corralejo
Right hand reef break.
One of the island's most popular breaks. When the other breaks start to close out it can get a bit crowded.
El Muelle - Harbour Wall - Corralejo
Left hand reef that wraps around for a long fast ride, occassionally barrelling but beware - at certain times the barrel section is very powerful and shallow.

Caribbean Playgrounds

Windsurfing and kiteboarding the northwest coast of Puerto Rico
by Gina Bradley
To find some of the best kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing the Caribbean has to offer all you have to do is get on a plane and head to Puerto Rico's Northwest Coast, Aguadilla. This coast can be windy, wavy and the cliffs that surround the bays create dramatic landscapes, beautiful beaches, and coves. From mast high waves to flat clear waters, it is the perfect place to go if you do multiple water sports, ensuring that no matter what the conditions, you are going to spend plenty of time in the water on your vacation. The best part about going to Puerto Rico is that the island is vast and varied, so if for some reason you feel you need a change of scene, different conditions are just a few minutes to a few hours away. However, most of the time once people discover this coast, leaving is never an option.

Puerto Rico is a United States territory, so you don't need a passport to get on or off the island. Most everyone speaks English there and if not, there is always someone around to help out. They use the American dollar, so there is no fumbling with money or figuring out currency exchange.

Getting There and where to stay
There are multiple direct flights out of the New York Airports to Aguadilla, (BQN is the airport code) on major airlines and charter companies. The airport is small, it has only a few flights a day so there are never excessive lines or waits for flights, all the rental car agencies are right there at the airport. Since it is such a "board intensive" destination they are really good about dealing with board bags and I have never lost gear.

The best place to stay is in the town of Isabella, which is about ten minutes from the airport, at a beach called Shacks beach. There are great apartments to rent through Villa Tropical 787- 872-7172. It is run by Mike, who has been living on the island for over twenty years and keeps his places in amazing shape. All the units have outdoor decks and ocean views and some are so close to the beach that you feel like the ocean is part of your living room! There are other hotels closer into town that may have cheaper night rates like the Hotel Parador La Cima 787-890-2016 or the Sonia Rican Guest House 787-872-1818. For those with unlimited travel budgets is the Villa Montana, also right on Shacks beach, 888-780-9195 and if you don't stay there, then plan on a meal or two at their beachfront restaurant.

Where to go to get wet:

Shacks Beach
Shacks Beach is probably the most popular spot for intermediate to advanced kiteboarders and windsurfers. On any given day there can be as many as a dozen kiters out on the water, but the place can handle more if need be. The winds blow side/off shore and there is a current that pulls in the same direction as the wind, so it is important to have your upwind skills perfected before going out. There is only about fifty yards of protected water to get yourself launched and moving before heading out to the reef. The bottom is mostly coral reef and there are plenty of sea urchins, so booties are a must. If the swell direction is right, waves can break perfectly on the reef making for some of the best wave sailing and kiting surfing around, but definitely for experts only as the wave is fast and hollow; this makes for an unforgettable, gear and body crunching experience in the whitewater if you fall. Shacks Beach is curved inland, making a large inner bay downwind from the launch. If you can't get back upwind, you can always land on a beach downwind and walk back to the launch site.

Surfer's Beach
This beach is a very popular surfing spot, and when the winds are up it gets blown out and makes for a decent sailing spot in North East winds. The reef here is not as shallow as the one at Shacks and therefore is a more forgiving place to sail. It has a rock and sand bottom which is much nicer on the legs and feet. If the swell is not too big, this place is fine for intermediate sailors and kiters. The launch can be a bit tight for kitesurfers, so make sure you have an experienced person launch your kite for you. Unlike Shacks, this beach has a jagged and rocky coast line, so getting caught downwind can make for a very painful walk back. Surfers Beach is about a fifteen minute drive from Shacks Beach and it is located inside the Ramey Airforce base; it is easy to find if you ask for directions once you get to the shopping center. Don't miss the Ramey Bake Shop if you find yourself there.

Jobos Beach
By far the most forgiving site for kiting and windsurfing is Jobos Beach. It is just east of Shacks and is a nice walk (without gear) from one to the other. Jobos is a very popular surf and boogie boarding spot, and you will find plenty of kids in the far corner by the outcropping of coral heads, surfing the waves there. Since it is a fairly large bay, kiters and sailors tend to sail in the middle away from the surfers. There are lots of restaurants and bars along the beach so it is the perfect spot to bring family and friends.

It is best to bring your own gear as the closest shop is in San Juan and last I checked, they were happy to sell stuff (and would deliver it to me in Isabel) but not rent it, unless I was going to sail there in San Juan. The same goes for kite gear.

The wind is always the best at Shacks. It is usually the most windy spot on the Northwest coast, especially in the winter months. For windsurfers your sail size can range anywhere from a 6.0 to a 5.0 depending on your size and a wave board. Kiteboarders would do well with a 9.5 to 11.5 Naish size equivalent. I have seen some strong winds blow through, where a tiny sail or kite would do, but then it is usually only the hardy who would brave the white water that comes along with the strong winds.

Other Activities
If the wind disappears, there is still plenty to do along the North West Coast. Some of Puerto Rico's best diving can be found right at Shacks Beach. It is recommended that you go out with someone who knows what they are doing because it is a tricky but very exciting dive site. There is also great boat diving to be found all along the coast heading south, try Aquatica Aguadilla Underwater Adventures, 787-890-6071. For those who like to snorkel, you can do so inside the reef at Shacks Beach, but make sure you check with a local about the currents and conditions before heading out. There are all sorts of reef fish and coral formations that come very close into shore, but once again, check with locals about tides and currents. Tropical Tours is located very close to Shacks beach and offers horseback riding on trails, the beach, and in the jungle. It is well run by a husband and wife team and the tours are worth checking out (787-872-9256).

This area of Puerto Rico is also famous for it's world class surf break; starting in the Northwest Corner of Isabella, all the way to Ricon, and a few points further south from there. All the windsurfing and kitesurfing spots double as surf spots when the wind is down and the waves are up. The best place to go if you are just learning to surf is Jobos Beach because it has the most gentle of breaks. Any local surfer will give you the low-down on where to go based the swell direction and your skill level. There are plenty of surf shops all over the area to buy, rent or repair boards.

Probably the most wonderful thing about coming to this remote spot in Puerto Rico, is that you can also do nothing but sit on the beach and enjoy the solitude. The beaches along this coast are long enough so that you can find your own private spot if you are willing to walk along them for a few moments. Pack a picnic lunch and make sure you bring beverages for when the sun goes down; here you will find some of the most dramatic sunsets in the Caribbean. Like the Northwest coast, these are not to be missed!


My girlfriend and I spent a week kiting in Bonaire this past November and I have been wanting to write a review for all the kiters out there looking for a great new place to go.
I have been to Bonaire now 8 times now and would generally windsurf or scuba dive as it’s an excellent place for both. My girlfriend and I are still beginners at kiting, climbing that learning curve for our second year now and would highly recommend Bonaire to anyone looking for a great place to kite on a vacation and/or for lessons.
The guys at Kite Bonaire, Stephan and Roan, are exceptionally helpful and simply great people to kite with. The Locals are extremely friendly.
The beach where kiting is allowed (Atlantis and Pink) is off shore wind, so be sure to get help from KiteBonaire if you are not an expert. The beach and the island in general is never crowded and even during peak season, but can be a bit more expensive in the peak season for hotel. Scuba diving is the main tourist draw there so if you dive too, it’s in my opinion, some of the best diving in the Caribbean.
Boniare has excellent food / restaurants and great hotels. ( The Belle Fonte is the my favorite place to stay). On a budget, check out the Lizrard Inn. You will likely want to rent a car even though the island is small, everything is pretty spread out.
Check out the park (Washington) on the far side of the island if there is no wind one day, really nice but takes a whole day to get through (and you need a truck).
If you live in Europe, KLM flies direct there almost daily.
IF you live in the US, it is not easy to get there and generally takes multiple flights as American / Air Jamacia have cancelled their flights there last year. Continental flies direct through Newark, NJ and I think Houston TX, starting in 2006.
If you are considering Aruba to Kite, (I’ve been there to kite as well) Bonaire in my opinion is far better. Fewer crowds, more low key, and less expensive, more beautiful. If you like the wild nightlife , gambling, sandy beaches, etc..Aruba is probably the way to go though. Bonaire is very quiet.
Happy travels

Kirsty Jones Kiteboards from Lanzarote to Morocco

On May 13th, 2006 world wave champion kitesurfer Kirsty Jones from Wales UK, broke the kitesurfing world record by kitesurfing 140 miles from Lanzarote to Morocco, land to land. It took 9 hours, non stop.

She left from the beach in front of Lanzarote's grandest hotel, hotel Salinas in Costa Teguise, at 10am on May 13th and arrived in Tarfaya, Western Sahara, Morocco at 7pm. Her route took her up towards the Northern Sahara then down wind towards her final destination.

Kirsty had encountered very light wind 4 hours into the challenge which slowed her down and caused her to become sea sick because of the choppy sea and swell then luckily the wind picked up and she hit speeds of 40 kms. She was forced to change tack and angle to the wind on a few occasions to ensure she arrived at her destination making the journey even more tiring and difficult.

Kirsty believes the "wind gods" must have been smiling down on her and she says "I was also expecting the wind to drop as the forecast had not predicted the wind to pick up so I was feeling doubtful about even making it half way. Instead of dropping, the wind picked up, the sun came out and I saw dolphins - this was when I realised my luck was changing and I had a real chance of making it."

"Although I didn't see land for 8 hours, every hour seemed to be different. At the beginning of my journey I encountered a big fin ahead of me which turned out to be two pilot whales, I had flying fish fly over my board, and saw pods of dolphins. I felt very happy and emotional when I began to recognise the coast of Morocco and the landmarks of the village of Tarfaya."

Kirsty used a 12m Flexifoil Iron Kite, a custom made 'Wave' board, and an S-Core 3mm wetsuit.

Kirsty's motivation was to raise money, equipment and awareness to a disabled charity in Morocco while bridging two continents, rich and poor through her passion for kitesurfing. Kirsty along with Youths United (an extreme events company who supported Kirsty in her venture) bought with them donated surf and windsurf equipment to give to a small club she helped to establish for the people in the village of Tarfaya to have the opportunity to learn water sports.

Kirsty would like to say "Shocran" and "Diolch yn Fawra" - thank you in Arabic and welsh to Youths United, her support boats, "The Friends of Tarfaya Association," the people of the Sahara and her sponsors Animal, Flexifoil, S-Core and Da Kine. "I could not have achieved this without them."

Byron Bay beginning of April.

April is not the best month... either summer or winter are good. Autumn gets a lot of westerlies - offshore. That can be OK at the Pass (faces west) or in Ballina River but pretty gusty. April winds would probably be better further north up into Queensland -- not sure tho.
Byron at the end of Feb is usually still good. After hot still humid days, the wind kicks in from the north or NE... 15kn average. Often get a couple of days change from the south - stronger wind... good then at Flatrock or the open beaches. Sometimes get the tail end of a cyclone swinging down from Queensland, so big swell days (sometimes)...
Tallows is a great kiting Beach - but strangely I'm often the only one there... most tourists stay in Byron Bay itself. Tallows is accessed through Suffolk Park a little to the south. Plenty of space. Good waves. Good on a NE (summer pattern) or SE (winter pattern).
Watch out for turtles - they are lucky to have survived already. Check the dolphins... you probably will see some - there are 2 local pods.
Please please please show RESPECT. We do not have kiting restrictions here... but if someone starts smartarsing-kiteloop-mobe-bigair-speedkiting through swimmers or surfers at main beach, that will be the end of that freedom. Please keep your distance - both rigging - and kiting. Main Beach is only for experienced kiters... it gets too crowded with picnicers, swimmers, surfers, etc. to risk injuries from beginners.
kite Instructors - there are 2 I know of - will try to post links if I can find them.
Have fun, see you round, please ALL show Respect, thanks 

Kiteboarding Romantico

eсor Castro and the Cuban dream...fat cigars and even fatter cars...rum, Romantico and the only way to go to Varadero...beach that is...back to the future and lost in the fifties we lived, The Real Cuban Dream!

At the customs desk while entering Cuba, via La Habana, the customs agent began with the usual barrage of questions.



"You speak Spanish?"



"Because I'm a photographer and I travel a lot?"

"Why do you have so many stamps in your passport?"

"Because I'm a photographer and I travel a lot!"

"What are you doing here?"

"I'm a photographer, I travel a lot?"

Her lack of hearing had caused me to answer like an automaton! Oh well, at least I didn't have to pay anything at that desk, or so that's what the sign I read said. I was in Cuba to travel around with Franz Olry, a man quickly becoming a legend in the young sport of kiteboarding, and take some of the first kiteboarding photos in Cuba. I was more than a little excited to see what Franz had checked out already. He had been in Cuba for a few days, supposedly scouting out some good locales...Like I say...Supposedly.

I picked up my luggage and cruised out to the passenger pickup where Franz and his entourage of extended family (his girlfriend is Cuban) were waiting for me. After quick greetings and introductions we headed out to the car, a 1956 funky, red, Buick-something-or-other. The symbol of American post-war opulence still surviving in one of the last truly Marxist states. The irony of it all still makes me chuckle; in a country where most people can't afford to fill up one of these cars with gas, these behemoths still live on. Some of the cars are modified to a certain degree; the one we were in was fixed to run off either gas or kerosene...Kerosene?

As we settled into the long drive from Habana to Perico..."Perico?" I asked, not being familiar with the town after all my perusals of Cuba's coastal towns.

"Uh yeah," Franz said "Perico is kind of in the middle of Cuba."

"So you're going kiting on some lakes then?"

"I don't know, maybe hunh!"

"Que?" I was perplexed.

"Ahh, don't worry we'll go to the coast, it's only about an hour and a bits drive either way!" he answered.

"Oh, is that all!?"

Visions of getting completely skunked popped into my head...Oh well, at least I figured I could get some cool photos of the cars.

Roughly fours hours after leaving La Habana we arrived in Perico, a sleepy little hamlet almost dead in the center of Cuba.ЙAt least I could still get photos of the cars, I thought again. Since it was Sunday night, the last night of the disco for the week, we showered, changed and headed out right away. Party we did!

I woke up the next morning as if in a dream. I felt as though I had been thrown back in time, to somewhere in the late fifties...the hairstyles, cars, barber shops, and fashions were all of a fifties sensibility. A little coffee and oranges woke me up enough to remind myself that I was just in Cuba.

While not actually in the fifties, Cuba certainly is surreal. Life seems to have slowed down so much that it still feels as though you're living in another time—a strange kind of Rip Van Winkle effect on the entire country. When Franz and I went for a walk around the town it was hard to feel like we had any chance of blending in. We were a bit more like two kids from the future running around in the past, much like Michael J. Fox in the movie Back to the Future. Our flashy surfer-wear didn't quite blend in with the straw hats and faded blue Guajiro style of the locals. I decided to ask Franz again if we were going to go kiting at all while in Cuba.

"Yeah, I think we should, hunh...Maybe tomorrow we'll go to Varadero...It's nice here in Perico, eh, I like it!"

While it certainly was nice there I was afraid that if I stayed too long I'd be pomading my hair and smoking fat cigars before long. Luckily we did go to Varadero the next day.

As we drove to Varadero we passed by endless fields of cane, orange trees and rice, those being some of the staples of the Cuban economy. For what seemed like hours on the road, our old cruiser lumbered along while our host family, including the mother and boyfriend, and sister and boyfriend of Franz's girlfriend, and I, listened to endless amounts of the local favorite music...Romantico.

The name says it all really, as this type of music has nothing to do with the sweet melodies of the Buena Vista Social Club and is somewhat more akin to listening to a distant cousin of Julio Iglesias trying to sing his songs. When we arrived I felt more than just a little relieved. The Romantico music was finally replaced with the soothing sounds of the Atlantic Ocean waves breaking upon the golden sands of Varadero beach. As luck would have it the winds were steadily filling in.

While Varadero beach itself wasn't quite windy enough, the lagoon side of Varadero was already pumping a perfect 15 knots and it was only 10:30 am. So, we opted to do a little shooting/sailing on the lagoon side, then head over to the open ocean later on in the afternoon.

Almost immediately after hitting the water, Franz busted into a huge one-foot grab, floating above the trees as a group of Cuban school kids watched from the shore. It was, most likely, their first time ever seeing a kiter and who better to introduce them to the fantastic new sport than Franz. For the next couple of hours he put on a show for the Cubans by throwing out all kinds of loops, grabs and one-footers imaginable.

After a couple of hours of this, we decided to take a break, grab some food, then head over to the ocean side for some killer wave-riding action. During lunch Franz actually discovered he had a few fans in Cuba. A vacationing Cuban, who now resides in Canada, noticed Franz and had him sign his latest Kite mag with Sr. Olry on the back cover. He also suggested a good place for us to go kite. So, we finished eating and headed over to the open ocean side of Varadero beach.

The first thing you notice when you hit Varadero is how clear the water is, being an almost metallic shade of bluey-green. Then you notice that the sand is so fine you feel as though you are walking on a beach of flour. Varadero itself is a long spit that juts out to the east, leaving great ocean waves and slightly off-shore winds on the ocean side as well as creating a funnel effect on it's lagoon side wind. Pumped up, Franz headed out for a few more hours and proceeded to launch rocket airs off the inside break and worked on his wave-riding skills, something Franz is definitely one of the best in the world at. Although the waves were generally only about head-high, Franz was able to do some huge off the lips and deep gouges of the wave face.

After kiting until sunset Franz, the rest of our entourage, and I packed up the big old beast and set about driving back to Perico. The Romantico music was turned on almost as soon as the engine turned over, so I leaned my head out the window, soaking up the countryside of Cuba, trying to tune out the cacophony the sister and mother joining in with the terrible music invading my eardrums. The next day I tried to burn a few of my cooler CDs in hopes that they might make their way into the stereo before the Romantico.

We headed out to Playa Larga and began to see a bit of variation in the Cuban topography. Lagoons, fabulous massive trees resembling the African Baobab and endless expanses of rice patties replaced the cane and orange fields to the north. I excitedly began snapping off countless pictures from my window seat until the clouds became too apparent to allow for any good shots. Doom, I thought! If we hit the coast and it's cloudy and windless it would be quite a waste of a drive.

We drove into Playa Larga and passed some fine examples of fifties resort architecture on our way to the beach. Surprisingly, it didn't seem as though a soul was occupying them. As we ate lunch I sat and stared at the sky and ocean...barely a stitch of wind and clouds everywhere. Both Franz and I were a little glum. However, our fears soon changed after a quick swim in the ocean. Miraculously the clouds cleared and the wind kicked in perfectly. The gods were definitely on our side this time. We spent the next few hours kiting and taking photos as the onshore winds kicked up some nice chops for Franz to loop to his heart's content.

The ride home was much the same as the ride there...only darker and this time I felt satisfied already knowing we had gotten some cool photos. Now I could really relax and take some cool photos of old American cars.

When it finally came time to leave we packed up the car one last time, turned on the Romantico tunes and headed off. During the four hour cruise to Habana I thought of all the contrasts that make up Cuba: the old American cars, the smiling and friendly faces lost in time in all the villages from Perico to Giron, the pleasantly complete absence of racism, the run down beauty of all the towns and the incredible hospitality of all the Cubans, despite making next to nothing. I thought of my prior thoughts on Castro's Cuba; while it may not be my ideal place to live, a few of the problems that plague much of the rest of humanity have been virtually eliminated in Cuba, and for that one must give Castro at least a little credit.

Our adopted family left Franz and I in Habana. We stayed in a hotel and flew out early the following morning. We both sat back and thanked our lucky stars a) for being so fortunate to be brought up with so much and b) for being so lucky to have had such a great Cuban experience!

While kitesurfing magazines aren't necessarily a place for political issues, this might prove helpful to know: With Fidel Castro just celebrating his 75th birthday, the Cuban people are looking at an unsteady future. When Castro dies it is commonly felt that a second revolution could happen on Cuban soils. While many Cubans are pro-socialism and pro-Castro, another group is looking to something more, better relations with foreign powers and a chance at a more prosperous short, capitalism, to some degree. So, for those wishing to visit Cuba, now is the time to see one of the few Marxist states in existence before the second revolution comes. Whether it will be a bloody or peaceful one, or whether it will improve the lives of Cubans or not, only the future will tell.

Best Bets
Best place for kiting: Varadero beach; this long spit has countless spots on both the ocean and lagoon side to hit the water and has endless potential for the all-round vacation for the whole family.

Best time of year
Like much of the rest of the Caribbean, Cuba doesn't begin to receive regular trade winds until mid-January, which continue straight through until the end of August, by which time the hurricane season begins to push on through until November. A calm period follows the hurricane season until mid-January.

Best Drink
The Mojito. Made famous by Ernest Hemingway, the Mojito is a rum, mint and soda concoction that both refreshes and stimulates the had in La Habana for the true Cuban experience.

Best Cuban Music
Anything by Campay Segundo of Buena Vista Social Club fame.

Best to avoid
Cuban fast food joints. They're really cheap, but you definitely only get what you pay for.

Spring too Early.Lookig for conditions Beta

We have had temps over 55 above 10,000' for over a week.
Snow pack is devastated.
We are looking for Conditions Reports for Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, etc.
Much appreciated, we are thinking of getting out first thing next week.
Here are some Pictures from some recent sessions here in SW CO
Thanks !!

Seadi Takes First at Brazil PWA Comp

Brazilian windsurfer notches his first win of 2007 season.
by Brian McDowell
Kauli Seadi's dreams come true as a sensational win on his doorstep continues the 2007 trend of home advantage. This crucial victory marks the Brazilian's first event title of the season, and protects his grip on the tour lead.

There was no doubt in the crowd's minds as to who'd won as a throng of supporters carried Seadi from the water's edge to the podium before the decision was announced.

The judges seemed to agree and a unanimous 5-0 decision awarded him the victory.

Final Results

1. Kauli Seadi (Quatro / Naish)
2. Nik Baker (Mistral / North)
3. Levi Siver (Starboard / NeilPryde)
4. Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Simmer)
5. Kevin Pritchard (Starboard / MauiSails)
6. Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde)
= 7. Klaas Voget (Fanatic / NeilPryde)
= 7. Jason Polakow (JP / NeilPryde)
= 9. Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra)
= 9. Julien Taboulet (F2 / Naish)
= 9. Vidar Jensen (North)
= 9. Josh Angulo

You can review the event at to check the elimination ladders, daily news summaries, results and browse the sensational photo galleries.

Brazil Kiteboard Comp Kicks Off

PKRA's KiteXtreme draws some of the world's top kiteboarders.
The biggest kiteboarding competition in Brazil kicked off to another great year with the start of the KiteXtreme Brazil 2007 in Coqueiro beach located in Luнs Correia, Parnaнba – some 450 km away from Fortaleza. Located on the northeast coast of Brazil, Coqueiro will be the home of some of the world's best kiteboarders for five days which will run until the 23rd of September, 2007.

The French Connection

Find out what makes "fly surfing" in Tahiti and New Caledonia one of the best kiteboarding locations.
by P. Media
There are few islands in the South Pacific that have the beauty, charm and awesome windsurfing and kiteboarding conditions of Tahiti and New Caledonia. The women, the bread, the food, the wine, the climate, the beaches and the wind are all awesome.

Tahitians call the sport of kiteboarding "fly surfing" because of their French affiliation. For reasons only known to them, (when you boost, you FLY?) the Tahitians have been using flysurfing as their term of choice on the islands since day one. Overall, the kiteboarding, kitesurfing, kiteflying, and flysurfing conditions on Tahiti and her islands are excellent, but they vary from island to island.

The Society Islands of French Polynesia are commonly referred to as "Tahiti" by many, although that is a misnomer because Tahiti is really just one of over 130 different islands of the 5 separate archipelagos (group of islands) that comprise French Polynesia as a whole. The island of Tahiti itself just happens to be located in the windward group of the Society Islands archipelago.

In fact, Tahiti is the largest and most famous, and the other Society Islands include Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, Maupiti, Tetiaroa, and a few others. Tahiti is the island with the most consistent kitesurfing conditions in French Polynesia on a year round basis. Good old Venus Point is a mainstay of the best kiters on the island, but there are many other islands, spots and conditions worthy of knowing.

Winds: No matter where on the globe you're talking about, the WIND is the first and foremost key to any windsurf and kiteboarding destination. Similar to the Hawaiian island chain, the French Polynesian islands get a steady flow of "South Pacific tradewinds." Depending on their direction and the season, these "tradewinds" are called either the Toerau or the Mara'amu. The Mara'amu are commonly thought of as being best for kiting but the Toerau can be good too - it all depends on the mood of the wind.

Best time of year? The best tradewinds for kiteboarding are the south-easterly blowing Mara'amu and are USUALLY most consistent during the Polynesian winter months (dry season) of June through September. When they blow, average winds are between 15 and 25 knots/ hour, so it's recommended to bring a quiver of 2 kites or more.

Most of the island's kitespots are in the lagoons, well protected from the deep open waters of the Pacific. This means there are no waves, no sharks, (really - well not big ones), and in most kite spots, the lagoons are a perfect non-intimidating depth of between 3 and 15 feet. On super powerful days, you'll get some chop, but not much. If you WANT waves you'll have to venture out to the passes where the surfers are, but that isn't really recommended for most kiters unless you're extremely confident due to the inherent dangers of mixing coral, waves, wind, kite, and lines.

New Caledonia

"The Largest Lagoon in the World" - New Caledonia is situated in the heart of the South Pacific, 1500 kms east of Australia. This land of contrast is composed of a group of islands, The Main Island, Loyalty Islands, Isle of Pines, Belep and a myriad of small islands. The barrier reef stretching 1600 kms and encircling the mainland island is the world's largest lagoon, and one of the most beautiful.

Cooled by the Pacific Ocean and the trade winds, New Caledonia enjoys a soft, sunny climate. From the central mountain range to the warm tropical waters you will discover flora and fauna which people come from all over the world to discover. With an incredible mixture of ethnic groups, New Caledonia is a land with many traditions, customs and different cultures. The blend of Melanesian and French cultures enhanced by Polynesian makes an exciting yet harmonious lifestyle.

Climate: "Land of eternal spring," New Caledonia is blessed with a pleasant semi-tropical climate all year round. The east coast of the island is a tropical area with a more humid climate, while the west coast features a drier, more temperate zone. The warm season, from September to March, has temperatures averaging between 25-27C, with short occasional rains. The cool season, from April to August, has temperatures averaging between 20-23C, but water temperature stays warm enough for swimming. January to March is the rainy season, while September to November is the dry season with October having the least rainfall.

New Caledonia is a windsurf and kiteboarding culture - each day the wind comes up and the water becomes populated. From right in the heart of the city beaches to out in the more remote villages the wind blows.

New Caledonia offers good quality wind conditions all year and there is an abundance of local talent - both on and off the water! If you haven't been - you should.

Beat the Autumn Blues

The best places to go windsurfing and kiteboarding in the fall...
By Gina Bradley
Thanksgiving at Long Beach
Photo by Danny Sitt
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When summer ends and the days get shorter and cooler, panic sets in for windsurfers and kitesurfers. It is a common affliction in northern areas, as we watch with dismay as the jet stream dips south bringing in the cold Canadian air. We are forced to forget the glorious hot days of summer, the warm southern winds and late sunsets. The wind season is winding down, but it is not over. Fall sailing is great, the waters are usually warmer than in the spring and when there is wind, it is strong. The only downside to fall sailing and heading to a destination is that the winds can be fluky in this season and you may find a week of great wind, followed by a week of the doldrums. So, if you are going to take a trip in search of wind it is always best to go to a place that is easy to get to, less hassle once you are there and has plenty of other things to do, just in case you get a few days of no wind.
So where does one go during the fall and early winter months? If you ask around to fellow wind junkies, you will get lots of varying answers. So I picked four places that had to fit the criteria of: easy to get to, good winds, and lots of other things to do other than sailing.
New York City and Long Island, NY
This might come as a surprise to some, two hours driving from New York City, you can find some extremely challenging and exciting windsurfing and kite surfing spots. If you watch the weather maps, maybe even get a subscription to, you can pretty much get dialed in for long weekend or even a week. This area is better in early fall (late September through till October), as later in the season it can get really cold!
Where to go
In Long Island the best spots are Napeague Bay and its outer waters, Gardiners Bay. For more variety you can try Hecksher State Park (located in the middle of the island), or Peconic Bay. The Shinecock Inlet (also known as The Bowl) and Ditch Plains make for superb ocean sailing when the wind is side shore. Places closer to New York City are Plumb Beach (about 30 minutes) and Sandy Hook (in New Jersey).
Gear Situation
The Long Island area has places to rent gear, but off-season you have to make the effort, meaning that you may have to pick up and drop off the gear from the shop and have a vehicle that can haul it. The two places on the East End are Hampton's Windsurfing: (631) 283-9463 and Main Beach: 516-647-0678. Hampton's Windsufing and Main Beach both have kite gear for sale and kite lessons available. There is also a local kitesurfing instructor, Skatoor, who supplies gear with all his lessons: 203-984-1097.
Non-Wind Activities
There is some really great single track mountain biking at Hither Hills State Park and in the Northwest Woods; maps can be found for the areas at all the local bike shops. The fishing season is great all fall and you can find boats in Montauk, Hampton Bays and Bay Shore. Golf on any of the state courses on Long Island is available and there is one right in Montauk called The Montauk Downs, rated one of America's top 50 public golf courses. There is always a wave for surfing at Ditch Plains in Montauk.
Maui, HI
Maui is a Mecca for windsurfers and kitesurfers. When you drive around the island you often see cars loaded with gear valued more than the cars themselves! Professionals and amateur windsurfers and kitesurfers flock to this area year round, but early fall is a great time to go, since the winds tend to be strong and the waves are just building for winter. If you wait until late November and December the trade winds are less of a guaranteed, but you will still probably find yourself sailing at least half of your time there. Like all fall season spots, the winds on Maui can shut off for a week and then come back strong, but the great thing about Maui is that there is so much to do other than windsurfing on the island, so it takes the sting out of getting skunked. The trick with all the spots on Maui depends on the wave direction and size. If there are no waves then almost all of the sites are a bit easier. If there is a big swell, then check with locals about conditions and the best place to sail based on your level.
Where to sail
Maui is just epic all over but the popular spots are Kanaha, Spreckelsville and Ho'okipia and all throughout Kihei. Kiting is only allowed at this point at Kite Beach, just down from Kanaha. There may be other locations where it is allowed so check with your local shop.
Gear Situation
Unless you are really attached to your gear, it is best to pack light and enjoy some of the newest gear of the season. Maui boasts the world's best and most comprehensive gear rentals and they are right to do so. It is the home to many of the board tests, so the shops keep abreast of new innovations and always have the latest gear at reasonable prices. There are so many great shops that you cannot go wrong in your selection. It is best to choose a shop with the brand of gear you want to try out, or test out a brand you don't normally use so you can see for yourself how your sailing is affected by different shapes and designs.
Non-Wind Activities
Maui offers so much to do from mountain bike tours and bike rides down Hana to just exploring the lush island. Surfing is always a great option on the leeward side and they have great instructors if you are just starting out. Maui also has great towns like Paia, Kehei and Lanai to explore.
Hatteras, NC
Hatteras is the best bet if you live in North East and want to enjoy the varying conditions and simplicity of launches. Hatteras gets just about the same winds as the New York area, but you can sail or fly well into November and December as it is much further south. It is a windsurfing and kiting hotspot and should not be missed if you are an avid sailor or kiter. The great thing about this area is you can rent a house and sail right out your back door! Between the sound and the ocean, Hatteras can accommodate all levels of sailors and kiters in all types of winds and swells. If you pick the right day with a small swell and a side shore breeze, the ocean can be the perfect place to try wave sailing with your kite or on your windsurfer for the first time.
Where to sail
Canadian Hole is probably one of the most popular spots and worth checking out, but by far not the only one. On the ocean side there are plenty of places to get into wave sailing like The Cove, Ego Beach and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. You might also check out Nags Head, Hatteras Island, Rodanthe, Avon, and Frisco Woods. A four wheel drive vehicle is your best bet as it gives you ability to drive on the beaches and have even more options for launches.
Gear Situation
If you are driving down (or up) to Hatteras you might as well load up your gear, although there are great shops for rentals from Nags Head to Hatteras. Search the web and you will find plenty of shops and you can call ahead to reserve gear. For kite boarding questions, lessons and gear, I recommend Realkiteboarding (1-800-realkite) as they have been around the longest and have the most competent school.
Non-Wind Activities
Hatteras has a lot do when the winds quiet down or your hands are just too raw to sail another day and you need a break. Hatteras has some of the best surfing and fishing on the East Coast. There are also golf courses to the north in Nags Head and one in Frisco. There is wakeboarding, sea kayaking and even horseback riding, all worth checking out.
Miami and the Keys, FL
Not always considered a windsurfing and kitesurfing destination, Florida has over 2,000 miles of coastline, which makes finding sandy beaches, easy launch sites and warm water year round a pretty good bet. Its sheer size of water access alone makes Florida appealing for those in search of wind. Unlike New York and Hatterass, Florida gets better wind later in the fall (around mid-November) as hurricane season winds down and the winter trade winds pick up. All of Florida is great for windsurfing, but I recommend Miami and the Florida Key as this area is easy to get to and offers plenty to do when the winds don't blow.
Where to Sail
In Miami, if the conditions are right, you can sail right at South Beach and fly your kite right there too. Another popular spot is Rickenbacker Beach just off the Rickenbacker causeway. Further down the causeway is Hobie Beach, a great bump and jump spot and even further down is a great site at Virgina Key Beach. In the Keys, the best spot is Islamorada on Windley Key.
Gear Situation
If you are driving it is best to just take your own gear. There are plenty places to rent, but they may not be too happy to have you cart the gear away, so you will be subject to certain areas for sailing. However, there are a few places to rent gear in Miami. The most convenient is Sailboards Miami (305-361-SAIL) which is off the Rickenbaker Causeway on the South Side. They all have great gear and give great lessons. In the Keys on Islamorada there is Bump & Jump Windsurfing, but you should call ahead to check it out: 305-664-9447.
Non-Wind Activities
Miami the best place to get skunked. There is so much to do that one can take weeks to do it all! There is a full gambit of activities from taking in the scene at South Beach, to rollerblading along the beach walk, surfing if the waves come up, to exploring the different parts of the city. The Keys offer some of the best snorkeling and diving along the coast. Make sure you check out the John Penny Camp State Park, which is an underwater park.

Saintes Maries delivered good conditions

Saintes Maries/France, 06-01-2008
text:mos/pic: Ingrid Franchi

The best conditions of the day were at the beginning of the session from 11am until 1pm with winds of 35-knots with higher gusts of 40-knots and a good angle of 125. The 'big' winds that were predicted throughout the weather circles for the later afternoon unfortunately did not materialize and the normally fluid southeast was tempestuous and moody with wide scopes of change in the wind strength measured at the start, middle and finish by the race crew.

This made getting the right moment difficult. Hats off to Antoine Albeau for a very good performance and for being in the right place at the right time. His speed of 47.69 is the third fastest of all time. Record holder Finian Maynard had an off day as he was unable to find the right tuning, gust or pick the right gear in the constantly changing conditions.
Personal bests were attained by David Garrel (45.96), Cedric Bordes (45.94), Thomas Gaudiot (42.71), Markus Poeltenstein (40.40) and Valerie Ghibaudo (39.93). Congratulations.
"I beat my own record today" explains Antoine "the angle of wind was better than our last attempt. We simply missed still a little wind. I think that I can still go faster even if it is really not easy to gain 0,5 knots at this speed."

Saintes Maries delivered good conditions

Saintes Maries/France, 06-01-2008
text:mos/pic: Ingrid Franchi

The best conditions of the day were at the beginning of the session from 11am until 1pm with winds of 35-knots with higher gusts of 40-knots and a good angle of 125. The 'big' winds that were predicted throughout the weather circles for the later afternoon unfortunately did not materialize and the normally fluid southeast was tempestuous and moody with wide scopes of change in the wind strength measured at the start, middle and finish by the race crew.

This made getting the right moment difficult. Hats off to Antoine Albeau for a very good performance and for being in the right place at the right time. His speed of 47.69 is the third fastest of all time. Record holder Finian Maynard had an off day as he was unable to find the right tuning, gust or pick the right gear in the constantly changing conditions.
Personal bests were attained by David Garrel (45.96), Cedric Bordes (45.94), Thomas Gaudiot (42.71), Markus Poeltenstein (40.40) and Valerie Ghibaudo (39.93). Congratulations.
"I beat my own record today" explains Antoine "the angle of wind was better than our last attempt. We simply missed still a little wind. I think that I can still go faster even if it is really not easy to gain 0,5 knots at this speed."

MauiSails agrees to Kevin Pritchard Departure


MauiSails agrees to Kevin Pritchard Departure
(Maui, Hawaii, USA - January, 2008)

Phil McGain, President of the company, commented on the new direction for his sailing partner of the past fifteen years; "We wish Kevin the best of luck. We have all enjoyed working with him over the years. It's always challenging to end long partnerships, but sometimes change is invaluable and must be accepted with gratitude and appreciation."

Designer, Barry Spanier commented, "Working with Kevin and helping him to become a World Champion has been very satisfying and personally rewarding. His participation will be missed. But sometimes it's like Yogi Berra once said, `If there's a fork in the road, you have to take it.' I certainly wish him the best in his new circumstances."

MauiSails would also like to announce and welcome Norio Asano (J-25) of Led Iron, our new Japanese distributor. We are excited to develop our relationship with Norio, and look forward to years of his high level performance. Norio is the current slalom racing national champion and is a very accomplished wave sailor.

We are also happy to continue working with Martin Van Meurs, who will be our dedicated speed master, and we expect him to follow his amazing fifty knot GPS speed with higher levels of achievement and possible World Records. Martin will continue to administer the online Speed forum.

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Masters of Speed 2007

Saintes Maries de la Mer in southern france will open its Speed Canal again. The chase for records and the 50knots barrier will take place with a selection of competitors on a 1000M canal in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, France. The event is slated to take place throughout the entire winter months of 2007/08 for a period of 5-months. This is the ideal time to harness the energy generated by the famous South-East and Mistral winds and the location is proven with eight outright world records in the past 20 years.
The 'Canal', as it is known to the sailors, is the unmistakable location where today's windsurfing technology has the potential to explore the unknown depths of speed. The trench itself is 1,100 meters long with a width of 30 meters.
There are three overlapping, 500 M courses on each side accommodating the four quadrant wind directions. NW, N/NE, SW & SE. The two most favourable directions are the widely known 'Mistral', which blows from a N/NE direction and the 'Le Marin', which blows from the SE. This particular wind carries enormous potential to deliver on a grand scale.
The Canal will be moulded and cared for by Christophe Simian and Fabrice David, who are very experienced collaborating record attempts in Stes. Maries and all potentially fast times will be officially ratified by the WSSRC, who will have an observer on hand.
Finian Maynard (11): two-time outright world record holder, fastest current speed of 48.70-knots
Karin Jaggi (14): former outright world record holder, slalom world champion, Best personal speed 41,25 knots
Patrik Diethelm (ITA120): production speed world champion). Best personal speed 43,09 knots
Valerie Ghibaudo(444): speed world champion, Best personal speed 39,02 knots
David Garrel(22): former French record holder, Best personal speed 45,51 knots
Cedric Bordes (91): Best personal speed 39,78 knots
Marion Raisi
John Smalley(K42): Best personal speed 40,75 knots
Farrel O´Shea (K81): Best personal speed 39,07 knots
Andrea Baldini (ITA223): Best personal speed 36,64 knots
Francesco d´Urso (62): Best personal speed 39,55 knots
Markus Pöltenstein: Best personal speed 39,08 knots
Henrik Klagges (111): Best personal speed 37,88 knots
Thomas Gaudiot
Interview by
Pascal Maka (Organiser):
"Masters of speed is on again!! This year our motivation has been really activated since kite riders have done good times in Namibia.
In mid of October we have started the hard work part with our excavator pilot to re shape perfectly the new streamlined banks of the canal, it is very important to get perfect wind in the bottom of competitors sails and also to have the right water level for a flatter water surface. Christophe and Fabrice have tuned the timing system. Our goal this time is to break the 50 knots barrier.
When I watch the video tape for the hundredth time Finian and Karin's world record runs on April 10th 2006, I can tell you now 2007-2008 MOS competitors have a wide range to break new world records: more than 50 knots for Men and more than 45 knots for Women...
We have extended the world record attempt to 5 months to get more chances to score the right wind conditions during the winter time.
Let's hope we make it again - but this time 50 Knots +!"
Finian Maynard (Outright Speed World Record Holder):
"I am very excited to come back to the Canal in France which is a location with a proven track record in the chase for higher speeds and ultimately the 50-knot barrier. This winter we are all putting in a very big effort in the form of a 5-month period and I hope we get the perfect day in which to realize windsurfing's true potential on the speed course. F2 is fielding a strong team for this challenge and we are after many different records! I hope we can achieve what we set out to do. Stay tuned."
Karin Jaggi (F2 Team Manager, Female Windsurf Speed World Record Holder):
"Just a few weeks ago I lost the outright women speed record to Sjoukje Bredenkamp, a female kiter. Many people asked me how I felt... All I can say is that I am soooooo much looking forward to a windy day on the canal! I always stated that the two days of record conditions I experienced at the "ditch" are some of my favorite windsurfing memories I have from 15-years touring the world. The beauty and force of nature – the raging elements – a team of friends gathering around the "ditch" – ready to brave the elements together in the pursuit of theirs dreams – I am getting excited every time I even think about it! And I finally have a goal and reason to be there again – thanks to Sjoukje!"
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Ultimate Windsurfing Accessory: The Cayman Yachts 50 foot RRD Windsurfing Motor Boat

With all that recent worry about taking windsurfing kit on board those nasty airlines, it's about time someone came up with an alternative! Just head down to your local marina and load your kit into the custom built hold and off you go, cruising the west coast of France before heading to Portugal, Spain and across to the Canaries! Or why not have in permanently moored in some Caribbean Isle ready to do battle with the tradewinds every winter.
Length: 50ft (15.35m)
Width: 14.76ft (4.5m)
Engines: 2 x Volvo Penta 575Hp
Accomodation: 5/6 people
The yacht actually comes with the following equipment:
2 x windsurf boards & rigs
2 x kiteboards & 3 kites
2 x wake surfboards designed specifically to ride the wake of the yacht!!
Now all you need is the price. For that and all other info go to: or