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Aruba in April/May and foiling

Postby GetHighOrDieTrying » Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:57 pm

Had a trip planned to Bonaire but seems like all US flights incl ours got canceled for now. Now thinking about rebooking for Aruba end of April/beginning of May. Wonder if it's worth bringing foils besides TT. Does anyone know about the conditions for foiling down there? We'll probably stay close to Boca Grandi. Do I need a short mast there or can I go with 90cm? How about Fishermans Hut? Is the water depth sufficient for a long mast?

Any other tips are more than welcome.

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Re: Aruba in April/May and foiling

Postby AirConnolly » Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:50 pm

It's been a few years, but fisherman's huts is flat, 4-6 foot deep water with offshore wind. You might want to talk to one of the schools for some boat support. There is a wind shadow right on the beach, but it cleans up out 100 yards or so. I don't have any info on Boca Grandi.

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Re: Aruba in April/May and foiling

Postby tkachuk » Thu Apr 01, 2021 3:38 am

Arnold is the guy to talk to. He owns Kite Inn near Boca Grande, is a great guy and expert foiler. He foils Boca Grande all the time.

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Re: Aruba in April/May and foiling

Postby migel1976 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:10 am

i've been in fisherman's huts two years ago, seen some foiler.

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Re: Aruba in April/May and foiling

Postby adamj2281 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:46 am

migel1976 wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:10 am
i've been in fisherman's huts two years ago, seen some foiler.
Ditto, but it looked tricky. Boca Grande, may be depending on the crowds, it's not a huge bay (the main bay). Down the shore there's spots with breaks in the reef I'm just not sure exactly where and if it's deep enough for a foil on the inside.

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Re: Aruba in April/May and foiling

Postby GetHighOrDieTrying » Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:37 pm

appreciate all the replies! will definitely bring my short mast if luggage weight allows and talk to some locals before heading out on the foil.

happy kiting everyone!

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Re: Aruba in April/May and foiling

Postby Sun » Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:56 am

Fisherman’s Hut might be the gustiest “popular” spot ever. Boca Grandi is awesome wind wise, but rough chop for TT. Should be great for foil. Small area, but fun. Not sure you can exit the bay, probably too shallow for the foil. Only did TT there myself.
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Re: Aruba in April/May and foiling

Postby irwe » Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:19 am

Arnold is your best source for information on Aruba kite-inn@hotmail.com

The only month with fluky wind is November.
Boca Grande (SE part of Aruba is the best spot) 25 min drive from Fisherman's Huts
Fisherman's Huts (NW corner of Aruba - offshore wind, use to be good but "They paved Paradise and put up High Rise Hotels" = wind shadow)
Where to stay? If you are with a Large group of non-kiters then stay by Fisherman's Huts. If you are there mainly to Kite then stay at Kite Inn (5 min drive to BG)..
Arnold runs Kite-Inn and can also get car rentals, etc. He has all the connections on the island.
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