Waves at Kanaha

Waves at Kanaha

Big Waves on the North Shore

A massive swell has hit Maui’s North shore last Tuesday, the 14 foot swell created really big waves also in Kanaha. The wind was on the lighter side, so minimum 9m kites were necessary. The big sets were scary, we were mostly trying to find the smaller ones to play with.

A Day at Kanaha

A Day at Kanaha

…with strong wind and decent waves, captured by the Kanaha Web Cam on the Life Guard Tower. The cam is online during daylight hours here on Maui i.e. 11.p.m until about 5 a.m. in Europe.
Maui Wind gusting up to 40 mph

Maui Wind gusting up to 40 mph

Kiting with de-powered 5m

Yes, we went out at 1 pm, with a de-powered 5m kite! Not very pleasant and alomst nobody on the water. Also, many f* ups on the beach while peple were launching their kites.

Preá – Brazil 2015

Preá – Brazil 2015

Vila Prea – a great place to stay!

Vila Prea is the prefect place to stay in Prea. Right on the beach, beautiful bungalows and an amazing restaurant. The ecologically run property with seven bungalows under the palm trees with private patios provide an idyllic atmosphere. The rich breakfast buffet and excellent restaurant provide all you need, right at the beach.

Downwind sessions…

One of the best things here in Prea are the downwind sessions along the cost. In general, if you are into waves, downwinders are best in the evenings, an hour before the tide is peaking.

The downwinder from Prea to Jeri is about 10k long, the one from Jeri to Guriu about 15km – see Google maps. Riding into the sunset is unbelievable and if you like, you can combine it with a trip to Jeri and enjoy a Caipirinha while watching the sun going down in the Ocean.

Jericoacoara

Jericoacoara – or just Jeri – the epicenter within a few hundred miles if it comes to nightlife, shopping and eating…. grab a Caipirinha from the beach bars and watch the sun going down in the sea. From the restaurants we have tried, we can really recommend Kaze Sushi Bar and Tamarindo. For drinks, the SambaRock Cafe right in the centre is certainly a good start. There are dozens of shops, along the main street as well as on the small side lanes, mostly selling local arts and beach stuff – all ridiculously overpriced.

Jericoacoara National Park

Egypt Kitesurfing in El Gouna

Egypt Kitesurfing in El Gouna

El Gouna

The first week of our El Gouna (El Gouna on Google maps) late April vacation comes to an end. Good wind so far, but quite colder than we were expecting! We had a few days where temperatures were way below 20 in the mornings and combined with the 30+ knot wind we had for two days, our light shorties were definitely not enough – so we went straight back to the hotel room after kiting for a hot shower! Looks like the temperature is coming back to normal soon…..

We are kiting mostly at the Mövenpick hotel resort Kite People kite station, but intend to go to the Kite Boadring Club (KBC) a little further up the beach since there is more open space and also the more consistent wind. It is also cheaper at KBC to use the kite facilities and you only pay the days where you actually kite. On the other hand, the Kite People is just in front of the hotel Mövenpick, just a few meters from our room.

The Mövenpick hotel resort is really cool. Nice rooms, good food and lots of additional facilities like fitness room, multiple swimming pools and bars, several alternatives to the main restaurant with the large buffet.

Final wind statement

5 days solid strong, 4 days light (half day), 5 days nothing

Lesson learned

It can be cold in Egypt in April – bring your wetsuit