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by zact
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: kiting and Spanish immersion
Replies: 13
Views: 859

Re: kiting and Spanish immersion

Mancora in Peru used to have Spanish school when I did the same thing a few years ago. But, in terms of lessons, I would HIGHLY recommend checking out www.baselang.com I had an excellent experience with them, they are unbeatable on price, and being Skype-based, they open up your location options. As...
by zact
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Mancora Hotel Recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 1119

Re: Mancora Hotel Recommendations

What's your Spanish like? If you're comfortable in Spanish and looking for good quality, budget accommodation, I can highly recommend Casa Naranja - https://www.facebook.com/CASA-NARANJA-MANCORA-140060436021321/ It's a couple of minutes walk up the hill from the beach and run by a very friendly fami...
by zact
Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:06 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 25
Views: 7260

Re: Helmets

I present to you the Gamebreaker Pro Soft Shell Helmet : https://gamebreaker.com/shop/gamebreaker-pro-soft-shell-sports-helmet/ That's what I'm talking about. I personally had never seen them outside the rugby codes, but it doesn't surprise me that they are. As for the D3O foam.... I remember seein...
by zact
Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:54 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 25
Views: 7260

Re: Helmets

In Rugby League, some players opt for a soft, form fitting 'helmet'. Its referred to as headgear, rather than a helmet. One of their priorities is that the headgear is soft on the outside, so as to not pose an increased risk to other players that a hard shell would. This obviously compromises its im...
by zact
Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: Travel
Topic: Tips on Gostoso Brazil?
Replies: 2
Views: 953

Re: Tips on Gostoso Brazil?

I really liked Praia da Pipa..... but that is south of Natal. And, despite it's name, not a place I'd recommend for kiting. Just a cool place with nice vibe.
by zact
Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:57 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: which wetsuit in dec in floripa
Replies: 6
Views: 1516

Re: which wetsuit in dec in floripa

I was there at the beginning of November last year. Travelling, not kiting. The water was bloody cold. Feet hurt after 30s of standing ankle deep. I wouldn't be betting on it warming up enough to get by with a rashee by December. The tougher, thicker skinned guys might. But I certainly wouldn't expe...
by zact
Sat Aug 22, 2015 4:40 am
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Magnetic bindings
Replies: 17
Views: 4351

Re: Magnetic bindings

A few years ago, my physio was bouncing this sort of idea around with me for use in wakeboarding (his sport of choice.) I don't think he ever got to a prototype, but speedplay bike pedals were my suggestion.... I see I'm not alone with that. But to contribute something new to the brainstorming.... E...
by zact
Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:49 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiting/learning spanish South-America
Replies: 9
Views: 1791

Re: Kiting/learning spanish South-America

I windsurf, kitesurf, speak Spanish and have spent a couple of months in Mancora. There are a couple of kitesurfing schools in town, and the best place to learn is Los Organos, about 20min South. This is where most of the schools give the lessons. Fantastic spot for learning with pretty consistent c...
by zact
Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:16 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Mancora, Peru on Oct/Nov ?
Replies: 7
Views: 945

Re: Mancora, Peru on Oct/Nov ?

Sounds like a few recommendations for accommodation, but I'll throw mine in for consideration. When I was there I met a local surfer called Sato who was setting up a very small hostel. Probably think of it as a fancy homestay option. It was pretty run down when I was there, but he'd just moved home ...
by zact
Sun Feb 01, 2015 2:37 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Central/South America in March to June
Replies: 6
Views: 1608

Re: Central/South America in March to June

If you do like waves, but don't want just waves, then Mancora is a good option. I was there for a couple of months and only saw waves for probably less than a dozen days. Apparently this was a particularly bad season and isn't normal. The waves I did see where awesome, though. And even if you get a ...

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