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Re: Kite Vacation / Locations with wife that doesnt kite

Postby hshim007 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:34 am

If you go with a kiteboard cruise on a cat I highly recommend Kiteboarding cruise. Tomaz is a stand up guy and we've always had a great time with him
https://www.kiteboarding-cruise.com

Alternatively if you want great wind and a luxury spot for your wife. The Anantara in Mui Ne is great

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Re: Kite Vacation / Locations with wife that doesnt kite

Postby skullcandy » Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:16 pm

dimip wrote:
skullcandy wrote:
dimip wrote:End of April beginning of May Greece ticks all your questions ;) :)
Thanks dimip - can you recommend some locations / islands / beaches that have the "walk to launch" from nice hotels/B&Bs?
Sure Greece is a must destination if you have never been and the islands and generally Greece is a safe destination.
Have a look here http://www.glyfada-naxos.com/ and here https://www.naxoskitesurf.com/ it ticks all your boxes except the 4 hotels (but pretty sure you can find more alternatives on the island if it must be 4 stars hotel) and you can expect more than 70% wind consistency for your stay.
Have a reading also here http://www.iksurfmag.com/travel-guides/europe/greece/ and here http://www.naxos.gr/en/

There are a lot destinations that are really good for holidays in Greece and for kiting but i can highly recommend Naxos Island since you want to combine kiting and family altogether.

I researched your links a bit - This place looks ideal for us... If we stayed on Glyfada beach location how easy is it to get up to the waves / more advanced spot to kite? Long drive? Im a big fan of bombing around in 4-7 foot waves powered on mutant. The waves spot on the North looks ideal for this....

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Re: Kite Vacation / Locations with wife that doesnt kite

Postby dimip » Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:53 pm

skullcandy wrote:
dimip wrote:
skullcandy wrote:
Thanks dimip - can you recommend some locations / islands / beaches that have the "walk to launch" from nice hotels/B&Bs?
Sure Greece is a must destination if you have never been and the islands and generally Greece is a safe destination.
Have a look here http://www.glyfada-naxos.com/ and here https://www.naxoskitesurf.com/ it ticks all your boxes except the 4 hotels (but pretty sure you can find more alternatives on the island if it must be 4 stars hotel) and you can expect more than 70% wind consistency for your stay.
Have a reading also here http://www.iksurfmag.com/travel-guides/europe/greece/ and here http://www.naxos.gr/en/

There are a lot destinations that are really good for holidays in Greece and for kiting but i can highly recommend Naxos Island since you want to combine kiting and family altogether.

I researched your links a bit - This place looks ideal for us... If we stayed on Glyfada beach location how easy is it to get up to the waves / more advanced spot to kite? Long drive? Im a big fan of bombing around in 4-7 foot waves powered on mutant. The waves spot on the North looks ideal for this....
If you stay at Glyfada(the beach is less than 100 foot steps), then the north beach Amitis is about 30km or about 40min drive.(You can see more pics of the spot here https://www.facebook.com/GriffinkitesGR ... 5756375810 ) To this spot is better to go with company not alone (the waves can be scary sometimes) and needs 25 knots or more to have really fun. But during the period you want to come is not rare to have south winds some days then Glyfada and 2 more spots nearby become wavy from something like knee to shoulder depending on wind strength as its a wind swell.

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Re: Kite Vacation / Locations with wife that doesnt kite

Postby skullcandy » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:09 pm

Great info - Thanks Dimip! After doing more research the beaches just north of Glyfada looks nice and wavy and more tame. And a beach there for the wife to chill with a drink in hand.

What about Kite Sizes for March - May? I have 12m/10m/8m.... Bring all of them? I was thinking bringing my 12/10 and then rent a smaller kite if it cranks. 10m for me is good up to 25kt top end with my board. I prefer to be powered.

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Re: Kite Vacation / Locations with wife that doesnt kite

Postby dimip » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:54 pm

Normal wind conditions here is 18-28 knots. End of April and May there are days for 12 and days for 7m. I will be able to be more specific only 3 weeks before. But I use my 9-10m 70%... So the 10m sure then probably the 12m and I can give you an 8 or 6m for those days. Or you bring the 8m and when is less than 15 knots you explore the inland .... Or hiking or mountain bike, scuba diving if you want to say active. You won't get bored...

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Re: Kite Vacation / Locations with wife that doesnt kite

Postby North_Wind » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:38 am

Lots to do in Cape Town for the non-kiter:

Sport:

World class cycling (get up early for cool temps and avoid the wind) including the famous "Cape Argus" route up Chapman's peak. Good cycle lanes and many many groups who ride if you want to cycle with others.

Good tennis courts, good gyms; local Virgin Active has a 20m salt water pool with lanes for serious swimmers.

Multiple world class courses with green fees 1/3 of what you pay at home.

Food:

Great food culture with fantastic eating options all the way up from budget/bistro prices to fine dining. Expect to pay 40-50% less than you would in Europe and wine is priced at about 20% of what you would expect to pay in Europe.

Steak lover? Epic grass fed steak dinners for 200 rand. You will be a food coma afterward.

Coffee lover? Amazing pride and care taken in turning out great coffee. Visit "Truth Coffee" on Buitenkrant for example: coffee warehouse at the back (you can walk around admiring the coffee sacks from around the world, dodging forklift trucks... health & safety hasn't quite caught up here ...) in the middle of the store watch it being roasted; at the front enjoy a perfect espresso/milky coffee in the steampunk themed diner.

Wine farms:

Speaking of wine the wine estates here are gorgeous places to visit; of course you can do tastings, but many also have fantastic restaurants onsite as well.

Big city:

Being a big city, Cape Town has all kinds of cool districts to visit with funky furniture, art and retro shops. You can easily spend a day or more investigating the cool shops (permanent and pop-up) in the Woodstock and Observatory districts.

Clubs:

The epic Shimmy Beach club with DJs local and flying in from around the world; speakeasy type gin bars that you enter through the back of an apparently closed chococolate shop; the overflowing bars of Long Street. Great night life!

History:

The Dutch Fort; District 6 museum/Robben Island to learn about apartheid; the painted Victorian houses of the Bo'kap district

Nature:

Climb Table Mountain (set off early to avoid the heat). Watch out for a "dassie" (large guinea pig like animal) scrambling through the rocks.

The world-class Kirstenbosch gardens. The nature reserve at De Hoop (you can stay overnight). A drive through the Overberg farming district with a night in the whale-watching town of Hermanus. A trip up the West Coast to the fishing port of Paternoster and enjoy a local kreef (crayfish) braai (bbq) by the beach.

Visit the African Penguin colony at Simon's Town (if you visit at low tide you can swim near the penguins in the natural rock pools).

For the kids:

Amazing aquarium downtown at the V&A. If they are old enough, the cable park at Blue Rock or Hillcrest/Durbanville. The "Bird Life" avian theme park. Ratanga junction theme park. The beach!

For the driver:

Stressed out by the traffic at home? Sure Cape Town has a rush hour (queues heading in 06.45-09.00 and coming back out 15.00-17.00) but for the tourist setting off at 10.00 or heading anywhere but into town Cape Town has fabulous driving roads: top down (pretty much insect free in Summer), 26C temps (but wear a hat against the sun). I love driving here (and I hate it at home).

And those are just the first few things that came into my mind ...

James / BA
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Re: Kite Vacation / Locations with wife that doesnt kite

Postby longwhitecloud » Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:02 am

a lot of the greatest places to kite with waves are not the greatest to hang out

south pacific has some great places that time of year out of cyclone season - fiji, cook isands...

if you are super cashed up (it's not cheap) and want the most absolutely ridiculous set up on planet earth for kiting and surfing on your front door step - Namotu island Fiji.

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Re: Kite Vacation / Locations with wife that doesnt kite

Postby bgpiaui » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:01 pm

Hi,
Let me suggest you North East of Brazil - some info here http://www.barragrandepiaui.com/
that's a perfect spot for kite and ecotourism... this inn is awesome : http://www.barragrandebeachclub.com/
Good luck


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