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Re: February Foil Destination - Caribbean

Postby TomW » Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:23 pm

What's the wind like in turks during Nov -March? Long bay looks nice

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Re: February Foil Destination - Caribbean

Postby elguapo » Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:22 pm

Tony wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:55 pm
Thanks for all the input. San Andres Island looks really good. Wish it was easier to get to, think I'd rule it out for that, looking at 7-10 days.
Turks or Cayman is probably a better fit, I'd want to stay at Long Beach or Barkers though, the girls would be fine with quieter and we/they can easily get to the busier spots when needed/wanted 8)
Any recommendations on places to stay? Leaning towards Turks but not ruling out Cayman Islands (or other spots).
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Re: February Foil Destination - Caribbean

Postby FLandOBX » Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:18 pm

TomW wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:23 pm
What's the wind like in turks during Nov -March? Long bay looks nice
Nov-March is "the season" for kiteboarding in the TCI. The easterly trade winds blow reliably during those months (and pretty much year-round). Rental rates for accommodations are highest mid-December through mid-January. Generally, winds on Long Bay are steady, but moderate (12 meter kites and larger). It's mostly flat water riding. The tides make it difficult to hydrofoil during low tide (very shallow unless you go far out). The kite schools are busiest during low tide. At high tide, Long Bay is still just chest-deep. There is no significant wave riding (Grace Bay has a reef off-shore where some ride). There are a lot of island hopping options with a boat. :thumb:

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Re: February Foil Destination - Caribbean

Postby Jugglajon » Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:07 am

Isla Holbox Mexico or Tulum Mexico, great foiling conditions. Im based in Holbox so am biased but im based there for a reason ;) .. Tulum is great for wave foiling. Holbox is without significan waves but has more consistent wind. February is a great month to come.

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Re: February Foil Destination - Caribbean

Postby elguapo » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:53 am

i looked into holbox(but didnt go)...where do folks foil there? (looked like shallow waters at the known launches on woo)

i have done el cuyo and sisal on that area... both are awesome clear water locations.
tulum is equally awesome for different reasons (the mayan ruins on coast)
everyone know la ventana..
sisal i like especially since you can fly to merida airport instead of that tourist trap they call cancun.
around puerto vallarta you could surf world class swell in the mornings @Sayulita..then kite the afternoons @ Bucerías

imo, mexico is criminally underrated as country to kitesurf.
not only are already there multiple world class kite locations... the spots are variable enough that it seems like there is always somewhere currently in season.

plus mexicans REALLY know how to cook. the food was outstanding(especially in baja area). (i always have to go on a strict diet after leaving)

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Re: February Foil Destination - Caribbean

Postby TangTonic » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:04 pm

I would recommend St. Croix, US Virgin Islands! That's where I live.

We have everything you could possibly want. Flat water, waves, downwinders. Not many kiters here so no worries about Cabarete like crowds. Plus many other ocean and shore-based activities. Excellent dining, friendly locals, affordable accommodations. No passport needed, direct flights from many US airports.

I'm happy to answer any questions.

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Re: February Foil Destination - Caribbean

Postby Jugglajon » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:12 am

Hi El guapo,
Its a shame that when you looked into foiling on Holbox you didn't find out that its a real gem. But its not the first time I've heard the myth of Holbox being to shallow to foil. (always perpetuated by someone who hasn't foiled there)

So lets bust that myth...
Yes there is a shallow lagoon of 100m that you need to walk past... After that you have 1.5 m to 3m deep water for miles. This keeps the big chop and swell away. A bummer if you like waves but fantastic for progression and learning. I learnt to foil there in 2015 and find few places that compare for wind consistency and easy water conditions. I like el cuyo but love Holbox for its foiling conditions. I've foiled between from Holbox to El Cuyo so have seen the two spots on the same day with the same wind conditions.
Here are a couple of vids showing typical conditions. There is no reef to worry about. The black patches you see in the vids are sea grass that is to deep to hit once you get more than 50m from shore.




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