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Re: My experience kiting in Colombia for almost 3 months.

Postby Flyboy » Sat Jan 08, 2022 5:22 am

daspi wrote:
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Thank you so much flyboy! Your report about wind and waves for Salinas del Ray sounds fabulous. I've just ordered a 6m last minute. Now I pray it will arrive before I leave. I will be sure to report back while there or after I get back. So stoked now.
I hope you have a good time! I'll be interested to hear about your experiences.

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Re: My experience kiting in Colombia for almost 3 months

Postby daspi » Sat Jan 08, 2022 9:43 pm

As I was packing I was re-thinking wetsuit options for this trip. How about it? Really no one wearing a wetsuit? I feel I want the sun protection, plus >30kn wind speed would probably cool you down no matter how hot it is. Please share what you guys were wearing and how it felt. Shorty is in the bag for now. If rash guards, did you wear anything to protect legs? Knees can burn up pretty good if you kite every day in board shorts. I usually travel with a 2mm long suit just because of the sun impact. I am strapped for space in the luggage so not going to bring it most likely. Probably way overthinking this trip but can't help it, LOL.

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Re: My experience kiting in Colombia for almost 3 months

Postby Flyboy » Sat Jan 08, 2022 9:54 pm

daspi wrote:
Sat Jan 08, 2022 9:43 pm
As I was packing I was re-thinking wetsuit options for this trip. How about it? Really no one wearing a wetsuit? I feel I want the sun protection, plus >30kn wind speed would probably cool you down no matter how hot it is. Please share what you guys were wearing and how it felt. Shorty is in the bag for now. If rash guards, did you wear anything to protect legs? Knees can burn up pretty good if you kite every day in board shorts. I usually travel with a 2mm long suit just because of the sun impact. I am strapped for space in the luggage so not going to bring it most likely. Probably way overthinking this trip but can't help it, LOL.
It's very hot there. No wet suits except the odd very pale weirdo looking for protection from the sun. :wink:

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Re: My experience kiting in Colombia for almost 3 months

Postby Pana » Sun Jan 09, 2022 12:23 am

Just my 2 cents here guys so you get expectations straight.

Was in Salinas 2 years ago early Feb.for a couple of weeks. It varied from very good to absolutely awfull depending on conditions. When the wind and big waves are present the spot offers a fair amount of space, but not when the waves are small. When less windy with small 1 m waves everybody is in the same spot behind the point; beginners & courses, the local show offs who like to jump, all tourists just freeriding and wave riders ….. with absolutely no consideration / knowledge of wave riding priority. On those days it can be very very frustrating to ride the point, saw several kites get mixed up and a couple of nasty arguments on the beach.

Said otherwise there is just about no local ‘organisation’ of the spot, it was a free for all on bad days, the worst spot i have ridden in my life. I think week ends are the worse. When crowded or light it is worth trying other spots. I do not think things have gotten better now that wings are of the party.

This said I will return this year for a final judgment, but with limited expectations and the intention to not go in the bay (just behind the point) on small waves / lower wind days. I just hope it is nuking with 2m plus waves, then the spot opens up.

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Re: My experience kiting in Colombia for almost 3 months

Postby Flyboy » Sun Jan 09, 2022 2:00 am

Pana wrote:
Sun Jan 09, 2022 12:23 am
Just my 2 cents here guys so you get expectations straight.

Was in Salinas 2 years ago early Feb.for a couple of weeks. It varied from very good to absolutely awfull depending on conditions. When the wind and big waves are present the spot offers a fair amount of space, but not when the waves are small. When less windy with small 1 m waves everybody is in the same spot behind the point; beginners & courses, the local show offs who like to jump, all tourists just freeriding and wave riders ….. with absolutely no consideration / knowledge of wave riding priority. On those days it can be very very frustrating to ride the point, saw several kites get mixed up and a couple of nasty arguments on the beach.

Said otherwise there is just about no local ‘organisation’ of the spot, it was a free for all on bad days, the worst spot i have ridden in my life. I think week ends are the worse. When crowded or light it is worth trying other spots. I do not think things have gotten better now that wings are of the party.

This said I will return this year for a final judgment, but with limited expectations and the intention to not go in the bay (just behind the point) on small waves / lower wind days. I just hope it is nuking with 2m plus waves, then the spot opens up.
I was there for January two years ago - so just before you arrived. I didn't find it particularly crowded. Yes, you need to time your entry into the "line up", but not worse than many other comparable spots in the world. I think the unusual thing about Salinas Del Rey is how the waves go from quite small to quite big simply when the wind increases 5 - 10 knots. If you can get to Puerto Valero there are miles of shoreline with nobody there & lots of waves - although they are not clean point break waves like at Salina del Rey on a good day.
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Re: My experience kiting in Colombia for almost 3 months

Postby Pana » Sun Jan 09, 2022 4:10 am

Flyboy, i’ve kited several known busy wave spots (Barbados, Cabarete, Brasil) and I am used to having to take my turn in the lineup. Salinas had no lineup on low days, just havock with multiple users not respecting priorities with conflicting interests. On those days it was very bad. Just to mention it can get very good but also can be quite frustrating, it is not paradise. Once you know this you won’t be surprised, that’s all.
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Re: My experience kiting in Colombia for almost 3 months

Postby daspi » Sun Jan 09, 2022 3:48 pm

Fair enough remarks. Thanks for the heads up folks. Probably healthy to limit expectations a bit and just see how it goes. I can always go to other places if too frustrating. We will rent a car. Any input on car and driving in Colombia?

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Re: My experience kiting in Colombia for almost 3 months

Postby aweeks » Fri Jan 14, 2022 6:42 am

i’m looking at mayapo and cabo de la vela in a week or so.
hopefully staying a few weeks minimum if the area keeps my attention. if you’re there too can be friends

EddietheEagle wrote:
Sun Jan 02, 2022 8:45 pm
Thanks for the great info, it sounds like a great trip along the coast and a variety of spots and conditions.

If I have a rental car, can I drive all the way to Cabo and onwards to Punta Gallinas? Or is that not possible / not safe? I would bring my own gear and SB and using public transport / buses seems like a hassle.. any tips or advice is welcome!

Thanks!

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Re: My experience kiting in Colombia for almost 3 months

Postby Flyboy » Fri Jan 14, 2022 4:53 pm

Pana wrote:
Sun Jan 09, 2022 4:10 am
Flyboy, i’ve kited several known busy wave spots (Barbados, Cabarete, Brasil) and I am used to having to take my turn in the lineup. Salinas had no lineup on low days, just havock with multiple users not respecting priorities with conflicting interests. On those days it was very bad. Just to mention it can get very good but also can be quite frustrating, it is not paradise. Once you know this you won’t be surprised, that’s all.
All I can say is that I didn't find it a problem. When it's on, go outside & time your run to the point. It's a long wave when it's breaking However, "paradise' is definitely isn't! When it's big the water is a bit murky & with scattering of floating logs.


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