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Foiling Santa Lucia Cuba

Postby irwe » Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:11 pm

I plan on Foiling at Santa Lucia soon. Can anyone tell me about water depth, reefs, does and don't's
Any info appreciated.

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Re: Foiling Santa Lucia Cuba

Postby kitet » Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:28 am

Lots of reefs, very shallow water. Not a great place for foiling.

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Re: Foiling Santa Lucia Cuba

Postby marlboroughman » Sun Oct 18, 2015 3:20 pm

Great everywhere except right of Brisas hotel where it is shallow near shore and there is a small reef 50m offshore lined up with cell tower. Other than that the depth is around 3m sand bottom.

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Re: Foiling Santa Lucia Cuba

Postby irwe » Sun Oct 18, 2015 4:45 pm

Thanks marlboroughman, will you be there the last week of November?
Do you foil?

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Re: Foiling Santa Lucia Cuba

Postby marlboroughman » Sun Oct 18, 2015 5:31 pm

I don't foil but I know the place inside out. I went snorkelling all over the place. From Brisas all the way to the rusted big catamaran pier left of Mayanabo is all clear, beyond the pier you got to watch closer to shore.

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Re: Foiling Santa Lucia Cuba

Postby dksurfer » Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:30 am

What about foiling in Cayo Guillermo. Has anyone tried?

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Re: Foiling Santa Lucia Cuba

Postby shawn13 » Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:11 am

dksurfer wrote:What about foiling in Cayo Guillermo. Has anyone tried?
I'm pretty sure i saw photos or a video of Catherine Dufour foiling in Cayo Guillermo. (because it made me think it was possible)

You could look her up and see if im right or contact her directly.


Its definitely possible once you get past the second sandbar. We ride raceboards in front of Sol Cayo Guillermo all the time. You will not want to foil near the flats at any point, ever.
Its also quite deep at Pillar, if the wind is that direction.

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Re: Foiling Santa Lucia Cuba

Postby windybrit » Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:20 pm

Catherine Dufour was at Cayo Guillermo in November last year. I saw her and a.n. other riding in front of the Iberostar about 100m offshore, which, as last poster mentioned is beyond the second sandbar.

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Re: Foiling Santa Lucia Cuba

Postby irwe » Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:50 am

I just returned from a week of Foiling at Santa Lucia. Marlbourghman's assessment was spot on. This area is excellent for Foilboarding! We had 15 - 20 kts the first three days then 8 - 15 kts the last four days. I met two other foilers and we would ride together. Wind was always side/on or onshore. There was small chop to relatively flat water. At low tide you had to walk out a bit further but mostly a sandy bottom. On the lightest day 8 - 11 kts I rode a 14.5 m OR Flite and my Foilbuddie was on a 15 m FS Sonic. We had the entire bay to ourselves. :lol:

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Re: Foiling Santa Lucia Cuba

Postby marlboroughman » Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:19 pm

irwe wrote: At low tide you had to walk out a bit further
The best place to launch a foil is right in the middle between Grand Club and Caracol, so called Centro Comercial. It is deep there and because the beach turns making a bit of a point, you cut straight into deeper water right off the bat.


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