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Postby Vangelis » Fri Aug 16, 2002 4:59 pm

Well what can I say? Just came back from 10 days in Cabarete and what everyone says is true. It is kite-heaven!!! Winds were blowing everyday, starting on my Toro 16m, later on 12m X2, and occasionally on 9.1 Mach-1. My X-Shooter 144 is a hero!
The water is warmer than a bathtub, it gets crowded, but just go further out and there are no worries, the water is choppy, but flat through the reef and big swells out.
The food is fantastic and inexpensive (ok a few of us got a stomach flu for a couple of days but we needed the break anyway - right).
People are generally ok, but definetely not the friendliest cookies out there. Don't expect the Kailua smiles and hugs of friendship :smile:

I want to specially thank Marina, Stefan and their crew (Kim, John, Thomas)for making it so fun for us. Can't wait to get back.

Now it's time to check some Mexican spots.... Will get back with a report in 2-3 weeks. Cabarete we will be back!

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Postby chirojoseph » Fri Aug 16, 2002 7:42 pm

come visit us south of Cancun in the Yucatan...but bring a BIG kite cause we are lucky to get 15 knots this time of year...we usually ride the wind that comes before the storm and pack up when the thunder begins to gets better in October..maybe you should wait till then.

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Postby Royce » Sun Aug 18, 2002 3:24 pm

Now just think.... there are over thirty other islands that are ( in my opiion) at least as nice as Cabarette for kitesurfing ( and I guarantee) less crowded. Watch the Carribean grow for our sport...year round. Cabarette has the great setup and infrastructure but there are several islands chomping at the bit with much more diversity...

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Postby waterman_antigua » Mon Aug 19, 2002 1:22 am

One of those uncrowded places in the Caribbean is Antigua (for the mean time). It has been blowing all summer here with only five guys out on a crowded day. Including our local pro talent Andre Phillip. Come check it out.


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Postby marina » Mon Aug 19, 2002 10:30 am

Cabarete (Kite Beach) can get crowded when everybody INSISTS on kiting in one area because of convenience, ego and ???. If one goes downwind 50 meters, it's free sailing. Ditto 200mupwind to Bozo, far west end of Cabarete Bay. Ditto out past the reef Kite Beach. Experienced kitesurfers can also kitesurf in Puerta Plata, La Boca, Playa Grande, Las Terrenas, Las Galleras, Samana, Monte Cristi, Salina and a number of yet to be discovered places on this ISLAND. 4 of us just did an amazing downwinder North of La Boca (starting near the town of Gasper Hernandez) and it was phenomenally FUN, with nobody but our little group, the sea turtles and enthusiastic locals cheering us on.

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Postby Guest » Mon Aug 19, 2002 1:04 pm

I've been to Cabarete. It's reasonably priced and easy to access.

How about Antigua? Isn't it a lot more expensive for rooms and meals? Nik maybe you could point out some comparisons.

It would be nice to know about some of those island alternatives.

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Postby Andres_Santacruz » Mon Aug 19, 2002 4:39 pm

Just went to acapulco this weekend, and it was awesome! Saturday, 15-24 knots constant cross shore wind, with big waves. Sunday, smaller waves, and about 15-19 knots. Used my loose AX 160 and my warrior 9.3 and really loved the combination, the loose board RIPS upwind, I have never pointed higher upwind in my life, my friends were on airblasts, slingshot fuels, co2, north toro, and free air, using litewave designs, pickleforks, and drake boards. AWEsome session, landed my first roll, did some huge jumps, just awesome, I am so stoked, and sore.
WEll, come down to acapulco anytime you want, there was 10 kilometers of open beaches, with only 6 of us kitesurfing. Videos and pictures soon to come, will let you guys know.
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