Tuesday, March 25, 2014

More fun!

Here are some of my favorite ways to have more fun windsurfing:
  1. Sail at a great spot
  2. Take a windsurfing vacation
  3. Learn something new
  4. Participate at a windsurfing festival
This spring, we are lucky - we get to all these things! We'll combine a few good things with out annual spring trip to Cape Hatteras in North Carolina.


On the way to Hatteras, we'll stop by the Kashy/WET Windsurfing Festival for some racing. This year, they'll have some Kona boards for rent, which should be lots of fun, regardless how much wind we get. Nothing better than a windsurfing race to show you the limits of your skills!

We'll pick up Nina's sister Edda on the way, and then arrive just in time for the ABK clinic in Waves. We have done ABK camps at a bunch of different spots, but Hatteras is my absolute favorite. Why?

  • Miles and miles of flat, shallow water, perfect for learning
  • Great wind - usually a mix of planing and light wind days, with more planing days
  • Our own windsurfing gear right next to the water
  • A two minute walk to the clinic site, and evening video reviews in the house where we are staying
We have done ABK camps in Hatteras every year for a few years now, and always had a blast. The fun continues after the camp - there is always a pronounced uptick in our skills afterwards, which makes windsurfing even more fun. We also really like that staying in Hatteras is dirt cheap - generally less than $200 per person and week for a room in a great house close to the water. That's about the cost of one night in one of the nicer places on Bonaire! Food is also cheap - with a fully equipped kitchen and plenty of cooks, there's no need to go out. So most nights, we just stay in, talk windsurfing all evening, and drink beer.

There's still plenty of space left in the ABK camp from May 5 - May 9. If you've never been there, you should definitely sign up if you can get the week off! The house we are staying in is full, but there are usually several ABK campers who get together and rent another house close by that they share.

If you can't make it to the ABK camp in Hatteras, how about joining the ABK camp in Corpus Christi, Texas, from April 24-27? That's another fantastic location for an ABK camp. The one year we did this camp, we had planing conditions every single day, and that's not unusual for Corpus in the spring. The rental gear at the clinic site is great, and there's plenty of shallow water perfect for teaching and learning. The Corpus Christi camp usually fills up, so reserve your spot soon! Or check the ABK camp schedule for other camp locations.

Sunset on Cape Hatteras


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