No risk, no gain! We sacrificed what seemed to be a good day on our local spot to explore the island for something new and unlike so many other times this time was worthy it. Can’t wait to go back!
Back to Hawaii again this year with the mission to kitesurf the legendary Peah’i A.K.A Jaws on Maui’s north shore. Matt Kazuma from “Kazuma Surfboards” who’s workshop is a stone throw away from the famous wave shaped me a board especially for this occasion.
Jaws does not “function” very often and so within the month I spent on the island I only succeeded to ride a rather weak Jaws on two occasions. Not what I was hoping but nevertheless an experience I will never forget and to be renewed!
Maui, Hawaii was my training destination this fall and the legendary island of the Pacific did not disapoint. Postcard setting, warm weather, consistent wind and waves combined with a relaxed lifestyle is what I got for a whole month… My base was in Haiku/Peahi on Maui’s north shore only minutes drive from the famous spots of Hookipa, Lanes and Kanaha (read and see more).
Chile, Matanzas kite trip.
Big waves, strong winds and cold water basically describe this coastal part of Chile. Extreme wave riding guaranteed! Matanzas is a small one street village located two and a half hours drive south from Santiago. It belongs to the borough of Navidad and is home for a few families that practice traditional farming, small scale fishing and increasingly tourism powered by surfing ,windsurfing and kitesurfing (read and see more).
A cool little beach town right on the Pan-American highway, Mancora is a great base from which to explore Peru’s north coast. With incredible restaurants serving world class fresh tuna steaks and seafood, and plenty of chill bars to relax after a long day on the water, we were once more delighted with Mancora’s laid back vibe. Constant wind and near perfectly shaped surf made Northern Peru, once more, an ideal destination for riding waves (read and see more).
Cape Town, South Africa is a very windy place and one of the top locations in the world for kitesurfing at all levels. The beaches are stunningly beautiful and there is a wide selection of spots to ride weather you like flat or waves. My friend Steve and I spent 3 weeks kitesurfing spots such as Big Bay, Haagat and my personnal favorit Witsands. Combined with good food, lots of sight seeing, and cheap rates it is no wonder it has become one of the top training grounds for the who’s who in kitesurfing (read and see more).
Northern Peru has extraordinary kitesurfing conditions with perfect waves and reliable winds. This is where you go if you want to KiteSURF. If you are going to be doing freestyle, this is not the best place for you. You will just be in the way… Mancora was the perfect base for reaching out to spots such as Lobitos, Tres cruces or Baterias. With excellent seafood, nice people and chilled atmosphere this was my best kite trip to date. I will be back (read and see more) !
Moulay Bouzarktoon, down on Morocco’s Atlantic coast is mainly considered a windsurfers spot. So, very few kitesurfers there apart from my friend Yiannis, kitesurfing champion Bertrand Fleury and me… Nuclear winds with big waves and rough seas converted into epic sailing conditions… for those up to the challenge (read and see more).
It has now become a tradition for us to go on a kite trip every January and this year was no exception. Our destination this time was Shacks beach in Puerto Rico the “Hawaii” of the caribbean. Unfortunately the holiday came to a tragic end when our good friend Dominica drowned after loosing consciousness while swimming back to the beach after a kite session at Montones.
According to doctors her drowning was due to cardiac arrest. A lot of crap has been circulating on the internet about how this accident really happened so I hope this will set the record straight. At age 29 she was a sweet girl and a keen kitesurfer. She will be missed (read and see more).
The island of Sal might not be the best place for sight seeing but who cares when you are a kitesurfer and have a world class wave called Punta Preta to play with every day ? We spent two intense weeks last January riding the fastest cleanest wave ever, which alone makes this magical island worth visiting (read and see more).
The Cyprus-Wind Kitesurfing Pro Center team and friends passesd most of January 2006 training down under in Western Australia. A memorable trip none of us will never forget with nuclear winds and perfect waves. We drove close to 3000km kitesurfing legendary spots such as Coronation, Lancelin, Gnaraloo or the Abrolhos islands. A destination that will be hard to beat in the future (read and see more).