|By Mad Hatter (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 11:44 am:|
I recently visited Bonaire for the first time, with the intention of improving my windsurfing. I am a beginner windsurfer, and wanted somewhere safe to learn, in shallow water.
|By Grunt (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1196) on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 1:04 pm:|
Welcome to Bonaire Talk, and thank you for a most welcome positive post regarding kiting and windsurfing.
|By ctang (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 1:18 pm:|
I am glad you like windsurfing in Bonaire. I have been going there with my family almost every winter for the past 15 years. I agree with you about the very limited area for windsurfers because of the shallowness of the bay forces one to go in restricted lanes. I have catapulted many times at high speeds when the fin hits a sandbar. If there is anywhere kitesurfing should be allowed, it would have to be in the blue water area. There is a huge area chest deep that one can stand up on towards the mangroves with very few people. But the problem is the enviromental/birds issue.
|By Stephen Tise (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #114) on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 1:08 pm:|
Mad Hatter - There is plenty of room for everyone, Lac is huge. When I was there I sailed up to the reef and beyond into the deep areas, I didn’t see anybody snorkeling at Lac the entire time I was there. Bonaire has so many awesome spots to snorkel and dive. The situation is 100% political on Bonaire. Such a shame that the NIMBYs on Bonaire have squandered such an awesome resource by prohibiting kiting at Lac. Wouldn’t it be great if you could windsurf while your husband kited? Somebody please tell me why kiting would be worse for the environment than any other activity. The situation is a sad reality and I'm too tired to fight the battles anymore. If you’re looking to kite in Caribbean go to Aruba. Don’t waste your time at Fisherman Huts where the wind is off-shore; go to Boca Grande on the windward side. Its a sweet spot that you can Kite and snorkel without the drama... On Aruba kiters and windsurfers can play together. I know, Aruba is not Bonaire but... take your next vacation where you can enjoy all the things you want to do. Maybe Bonaire will someday recognize the opportunity that kiteboarding could bring. Soon kiteboarding will be an Olympic sport, maybe then the reasonable people on Bonaire will do the right thing by the "Children of the Wind"...
|By Eduardo Di Piero (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 11:56 pm:|
I thought I was the only human being that came to Bonaire not to dive, but to windsurf. I am here now for the third time. The wind wasn't that good the last 3 days, but I hope it improves tomorrow, because I am returning after tomorrow. I invite you who wants to visit a place similar to Bonaire for windsurfing, to come to Praia Seca - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. Our facilities are much better than Bonaire and the wind blows the whole year. Check on www.upwind.com.br .
|By Trevor Hibdige, Lac Bay Villa (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #234) on Monday, March 21, 2011 - 12:37 am:|
Eduardo, thanks for the link. It is always nice to see other places in the world. I too only windsurf. I cannot swim too well and cannot dive and my fear of death is by drowning so I am strictly an "on the surface" man !!! I have been windsurfing 32 years now from Day 1 of the sport and it is still challenging. Lac Bay is still special.... Hope the wind improves for you. The weather patterns around the world are abnormal.....
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